Tom Stockman is a St. Louis native who’s been obsessed with movies as long as he can recall. Tom is Creative Editor at We Are Movie Geeks (www.wearemoviegeeks.com), St. Louis’ premiere movie news and review site and also writes about movies for The St. Louis Globe Democrat nostalgia newspaper. Tom is the host and programmer of Super-8 Movie Madness the first Tuesday of every month at The Way Out Club which is, we’re pretty sure, this country’s only monthly festival of movies screened in condensed form in the super-8 sound film format, a long dead medium Tom is desperately trying to bring back to life. Tom hosts the Reel Late Midnight Movie series at the Tivoli where he asks movie trivia and hands out cool movie swag. In 2011 Tom was the Event Director of Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration, a Cinema St. Louis event featuring film fests, publications, lectures, stage productions, and exhibits all honoring the great horror actor and St. Louis native. For his efforts as the driving force behind Vincentennial, Tom was awarded the coveted Rondo Award for Monster Kid of the Year. But it’s Charles Bronson, not Vincent Price, who is Tom’s all-time favorite movie star and Tom is already in the early planning stages of Bronsontennial for 2021!
Looking for a fun place to watch the big Academy Awards show with your fellow film fans Sunday night February 22nd? Well, OnSTL's own Tom Stockman (aka: ME) will be emceeing a big screen viewing of the Oscars in the main auditorium of the Tivoli Theatre at 6350 Delmar in the heart of University City. During the commercial breaks you’ll have the chance to win some great movie gifts when I test your Oscar movie trivia knowledge.
VAMPYROS LESBOS screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (February 6th and 7th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117)
I can’t believe after all these years I’m finally getting to see a Jess Franco movie on the big screen. This weekend at The Hi-Pointe Theater, Andy at Destroy the Brain is offering up one the late Spanish director’s most noteworthy and beautiful films, VAMPYROS LESBOS, as part of the Late Night Grindhouse Midnight series.
“It never occurred to me that I would fall in love with a Negro, but I have, and nothing’s going to change that!”
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER screens this weekend at The Hi-Pointe Theater as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, January 10th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117. Admission is only $5
"This morning she was inside a coffin at the funeral home, and now she's here in my kitchen!”
GATES OF HELL screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (January 2nd and 3rd) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117)
Man, Italian director Lucio Fulci made some great gory zombie horror films and GATES OF HELL is certainly one of them! This marks the fourth Fulci film, after ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND, and HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY to play at Destroy the Brain’s Late Night Grindhouse midnight series (and, after PIECES, the second to star Christopher George!). GATES OF HELL is (perhaps) better known under its DVD title CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, but it will always be GATES OF HELL to me! I saw GATES OF HELL several times at the drive-ins back in the early 80s but don’t think it ever played in St. Louis at a hard-top, so this weekend’s screening at the Hi-Pointe (a 35mm print no less!!) will be a real treat.
"Aunt Clara had for years labored under the delusion that I was not only perpetually 4 years old, but also a girl!"
A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) is screening at 7pm Friday December 19th at Schlafly Bottleworks – 7260 Southwest Ave St Louis, MO 63143. Doors open at 6:30pm. It’s a fundraiser for Helping Kids Together.
“Excuse please, but why do they call you ‘booger’?”
Thanks to films like REVENGE OF THE NERDS, it is becoming clear that we, the nerds of this world, are here to stay and to conquer. OK, so I don’t wear my pants up to my chest. Or use my hair full of gel. Or have that characteristic “snort” in my laugh. Still, I am a nerd. Actually, I’m a Geek, which is a sub-set of nerds, and I know I’ll always be one. It’s just that it was so uncool to be one back in the 1980’s. People used to bother us, kick us, insult us, hit us. They took our stuff away, hid it, or simply threw it in the trash. And then, REVENGE OF THE NERDS came along and showed us that, indeed, we are nerds, but that we must not accept a punishment for it. Ha! It was a big morale booster back then, and it is still now. I had to take a couple of punches, but it was really worth it.
Super-8 Movie Madness is teaming up with Roger’s Reels and The National Children’s Cancer Society for the fourth annual Super-8 CHILDREN’S CANCER FUNDRAISER Movie Madness which takes place Tuesday December 2nd at The Way out Club. The cover charge is $4.00 and all of that money will be donated to the St. Louis-based National Children’s Cancer Society.
"I'm just a sweet transvestite, from Transsexual Transylvania"
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW plays midnights at the Tivoli October 25-26 and November 1-2
They come wearing bustiers, corsets, and great gouts of eyeliner. And some women get into the act too! THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, the longest-running midnight and audience partici-(SAY IT!)-pation movie of them all, will play at Landmark’s Tivoli Theater in St. Louis over the next two weekends at midnight (October 24-25, October 31-November 1). The Tivoli does this every year and the shows are often sell-outs, so get your tickets early! The Tivoli does a great job of making ROCKY HORROR an interactive movie experience with a live “Shadow Cast” known as The Samauri Electricians who perform scenes during the movie and of course the audience is encouraged to respond to the on-screen action as well. The street party always starts early as attendees dressed as Frank N. Furter, Riff Raff, Magenta, and the gang line up outside the Tivoli hours before showtime and I will be there to snap pics and help get the audience riled up. The Tivoli encourages folks to attend in costume, but does not allow outside props. They do sell an essential “prop bag” for only two dollars. The bag contains rice, toilet paper, Glow Sticks, Time Warp Fliers, Rubber Gloves, Noisemakers, Confetti, and everything you’ll need even if you’re a ROCKY HORROR “Virgin” experiencing the fun for the first time. I used to see ROCKY HORROR at the (now-defunct) Varsity theater down the street in the late 1970′s and not much has changed in 30+ years, my only observation being that this new generation of fans is even less inhibited and likes to show off more skin (not that I’m complaining – they’re in better shape!) We hope to see everyone at the Tivoli (6350 Delmar Boulevard) October 25-26 and November 1-2 at Midnight!
TUMBLEWEEDS will screen Friday, November 14th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium as part of The King Baggot Tribute at the St. Louis International Film Festival. It will be preceded by a 35mm showing of the 1913 version of IVANHOE and an illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by ONStl’s own Tom Stockman
William S. Hart (1864-1946) was the first great star of the moviewestern. Fascinated by tales of the Old West, Hart actually acquiredBilly the Kid's six-shooter and was a friend with legendary lawmenWyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. He entered films in 1914 where, after playing supporting roles in shorts, achieved stardom as the lead in the western THE BARGAIN. Hart was particularly interested in making his westerns realistic and his are noted for their authentic costumes and props, as well as Hart's outstanding acting ability, which he had developed on Shakespearean theater stages before his film career.