Just who do we think we are?
Jean Cress is the Big Fat Critic, and few, if any people consider her to actually be big or fat. “Big Fat” is an expression Jean has always used to describe things that are larger than life; things that average adjectives simply can’t describe.
Jean has been a fan of big, fat films all of her life. In fact while traveling through Europe as a child she convinced her mother to take her to see several favorite Disney films instead of viewing the sites in Paris and Amsterdam, and onboard the transatlantic cruise home, Jean spent her waking hours in the ship’s theater. (Though she insisted the cinema was just less turbulent than the rest of the ocean liner.)
While her high school chums were attending football games, Jean was traveling to San Francisco to catch art house screenings of Busby Berkeley movies and early films from Hollywood’s Golden Age. To this day she can’t tell a forward pass from a fumble, but she can warble “We’re in the Money” in Pig Latin at the drop of a hat.
Jean began reviewing films and delivering entertainment news as a radio personality at KRTH Radio in Los Angeles, XHRM Radio in San Diego, and KMFO Radio in Aptos/Monterey. She had a nationally syndicated radio program with Westwood One called “On the Move,” and hosted a weekly classic movie show on KRUZ-TV in Santa Cruz, California.
Jean was a writer and executive in charge of promotional on-air productions at The Disney Channel, and was a writer for Walt Disney Art Classics, The Disney Catalog, and Disney Auctions.
Like everyone who ever worked in the entertainment industry, she has written several unproduced screenplays, and has a lovely stack of encouraging rejection letters from virtually every major motion picture studio.
Jean has been a print film critic since 2005, writing for Senior Spectrum in Sacramento, The Roseville Press Tribune, The Carmichael Times, American River Messenger, Natomas Messenger, and The Placer Mercury.
If you run into Jean, do not ask her if she has seen any good movies or DVDs lately, unless you are prepared to hear a very long answer.