Jesse Whitehead

Actor, director, comedian, podcaster, caregiver, bon vivant, raconteur, panhandler.

Favorite films

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Duck Soup
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

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  • Curse of Chucky

    ★★★★

  • Seed of Chucky

    ★★★★

  • Bride of Chucky

    ★★★★★

  • Child's Play 3

    ★★½

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  • Violent Night

    Violent Night

    ★★★★½

    Ho-ho-holy shit! Violent Night is a Christmas miracle! It's funny, it's bloody, and most importantly... it believes in Santa. A movie built around Santa being a badass and taking out bad guys with R-rated violence could easily be a one-joke premise executed with all the dullness of a try-hard edgelord. The fact that it rises above such limitations is excellent cause for Yuletide celebrations.

    Director Tommy Wirkola and writers Pat Casey & Josh Miller have seen a divided America and they…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

    Now I know what a Steven Spielberg movie done in the style of contemporary Paul Thomas Anderson feels like. Steven Spielberg's new domestic drama The Fabelmans is much closer to roman à clef than autobiography. This is about Sammy Fabelman after all, not Stevie Spielberg. Spielberg literally making his own biopic would perhaps be too self-aggrandizing. Doing it this way allows Spielberg to give himself at least some distance so that he can make sure he's telling the story he…

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  • The Nutcracker: The Untold Story

    The Nutcracker: The Untold Story

    ½

    Studio executive: Ya know what kids love in their Christmas movies? Nazi imagery. And ya know what Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite could really use? Lyrics by Tim Rice. Oh and throw in Nathan Lane as Albert Einstein. Don’t ask questions. I have to go. This ether won’t finish huffing itself.

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★

    I’ve never really liked this movie, but I wanted to revisit it before Doctor Sleep opens. Beautiful production design, camerawork, and sound design. But none of that matters because the script is bad and so is the acting.

    It’s not just that it’s a bad adaptation. Even when viewed as its own entity, The Shining is a bad horror movie. Nothing has any thematic coherency or consistency. Spooky shit just happens for the sake of happening. It’s like Kubrick didn’t…