Tom Stockman

Tom Stockman

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!

“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow!”

“Ladies and gentlemen… The Revolution!”

PURPLE RAIN  plays this weekend (September 5th and 6th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

The Third Annual St. Louis Black Film Festival will be September 6-14 2013 at the MX Theater at 618 Washington Ave. in downtown Saint Louis. All the films screened will be new movies and not only will the fest feature feature-length films but music videos, short films, and short documentaries as well.

The St. Louis Black Film Festival provides the American Midwest with a forum for African American independent film and video, and also serves as an advocate for African American film and video production in the state of Missouri. The Festival seeks to introduce the best films and videos from the surrounding area to its culturally diverse, film-loving audiences STLBFF was initially established as a vehicle for exposing Black cinema. The event was green-lighted after recognition that though St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri, it did not have a viable Black film festival. Independent filmmakers with films featuring a Black, African American, African, or African Diaspora subject matter or that feature a Black, African, or AfricanAmerican as a central or starring character will find that SLTBFF offers an outstanding opportunity to present their film before sophisticated and eager audiences.

“I’m just a regular fellow – step right up and call me ‘Speedy’ “

THE FRESHMAN (1925) and THE MARATHON (1919), both starring Harold Lloyd, will screen this Friday, September 5th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium

There’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by live music and I’d go as far as saying there’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. The group is a treasure and St. Louis is lucky to have them here. I’ve seen them perform with silent films several times, often at The St. Louis International Film Festival, and usually at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium and it’s always a fantastic time at the movies. Last summer the Rats and People played along to some Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton at the SLIFF/KIDS film fest, and this Friday night, September 5th,  they will be accompanying two films starring the great silent film comic Harold Lloyd; THE FRESHMAN (1925) and THE MARATHON (1919)

“They said you was hung!”

“They was right!”

BLAZING SADDLES  plays this weekend (August 29th and 30th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

And the perfect movie to show in a city that’s in the middle of a race riot is of course….. BLAZING SADDLES!

I showed the condensed Super-8 version of BLAZING SADDLES, appropriately enough, at my Super-8 POLITICALLY INCORRECT Movie Madness show last year at The Way Out Club and there are enough N-words in the 18-minute edit alone to make Paula Dean blush, but damn, this movie just keeps getting funnier as it ages!

ARMY OF DARKNESS  plays this weekend (August 22nd and 23rd) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

If they’d put Sam Raimi in charge of the banks there wouldn’t be any recession, because what he managed to do with a small budget earlier in his career is absolutely remarkable.

"Ladies and gentlemen - welcome to violence!"

There was a recent announcement that Will Farrell may be playing Russ Meyer, my favorite American film director, in the upcoming RUSS AND ROGER GO BEYOND which chronicles Meyer’s collaboration with Roger Ebert and the making of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS. This of course prompted me to watch my favorite Russ Meyer movie, FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL KILL!

Exciting news for both movie lovers and gastronomes! After a brief hiatus, Movies for Foodies, a regular film series put on by the talented chefs at Tenacious Eats, is back in a new location and a fresh slate of films to write menus around.

The hot new locale is The Loop – specifically the main dining room at Eclipse, on the ground floor of the Moonrise Hotel in the University City Loop (6177 Delmar Boulevard, St Louis, MO 63112). Chef Liz Schuster will begin the newest incarnation of the series with a screening of the Mel Brooks classic SPACEBALLS on Sept. 19, followed by Tim Burton’s MARS ATTACKS on Sept. 26.

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT opened Friday August 8th in St. Louis at Landmark’s Tivoli Theater and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Theater. It's very good!

“No one paid any attention to the orchestra. I could have saved that 85 bucks!”

After his daughter selects a mate, the father must endure sleepless nights, sticker shock, and the disruption of his household as he navigates through the nightmare of wedding planning. In the original 1950 comedy classic FATHER OF THE BRIDE, Spencer Tracy is terrific as Stanley banks, the harried father whose plans for a small wedding go awry. As his wife and daughter, Joan Bennett and Liz Taylor aren’t given much to do except look supportive and lovely, respectively (Interestingly, both actresses played Amy in film versions of LITTLE WOMEN; Bennett in 1933 and Taylor in 1949). Don Taylor, who plays the groom, would have a long career as a TV director. Director Vincent Minnelli does a nice job of balancing the comedy and the sentimentality in FATHER OF THE BRIDE, which was a huge hit in 1950, spawning a sequel (FATHER’S LITTLE DIVIDEND) and the ubiquitous Steve Martin remake in 1995.