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!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:38

Movie Review - THE FOREST

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Something bad…..evil, happens in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, a (real) destination popular for those looking for a scenic place to commit suicide. The sheer bad vibes of those woods have trapped its many victims inside as moldy ghosts that haunt people who dare enter. Such ghost stories are common in every storytelling culture, of course, but the Japanese have a long tradition of taking vengeful spirits seriously, in life as well as in art. THE FOREST, a new Hollywood film set in this foggy Japanese woodland is basically a haunted house film, replacing the house with a forest, but despite one or two mild scares, it never generates much tension and is only notable for being the first lousy horror film of 2016 (I’m sure there will be more)......

Read the rest of the review at We Are Movie Geeks HERE

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2016/01/the-forest-the-review/

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman  discuss the weekend box office. We’ll review THE FOREST, THE REVENANT, and ANOMALISA. We’ll preview 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI and RIDE ALONG 2. We’ll also talk about the Golden Globe Awards program and predict what films will be nominated for what Oscars when those are announced this week.

The podcast can be found HERE

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2016/01/weeks-wamg-podcast-revenant-anomalisa-forest/

Unless you’re under the age of five, you’ll find nothing to like about the generic cash-grab ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: ROAD CHIP. The first ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, back in ’07, was fun. Jason Lee, who plays Alvin, Simon, and Theodore’s guardian David Seville, had some fun reactions and chemistry with the furry CGI critters. In the sequels, including this new one, Lee shows up at the beginning for some large-scale comedic disaster sequence, screams “Alvin!!!” a couple of times, then sits the trio down and tells them he must travel for the rest of the film so they’d better behave while he’s gone. Then some young Disney Channel star is brought in to team up with The Chipmunks for the remainder of the movie until Lee returns at the end to collect his paycheck........

Read the rest of the review at We Are Movie Geeks HERE

If you didn't make it to see IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE last Saturday morning at The Hi-Pointe, you'll have another chance to see it on the big screen in St. Louis next week.  Roger B of 'Roger's Reels' will dusting off his 16mm print of the perennial holiday classic and will be screening it Wednesday night, December 23rd, at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, Missouri 63143) beginning at 7pm. Admission is FREE but Roger sets out a donation jar for The National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS), a worthy, St. Louis-based charity.

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It wasn’t until the 1980s when IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE became the perennial holiday favorite it’s known as today. The ultimate feel-good classic from director Frank Capra was a box-office disappointment when it was initially released in 1946. Due to a clerical error in 1974, the film went into public domain and was then shown on every low-rent local access channel in varying degrees of quality for years and was released on VHS by a variety of fly-by-night  home video companies – including the infamous colorized version. In 1993 Republic Pictures enforced its claim to the film’s copyright. It stopped being televised as often but by then everyone had fallen in love with its charms and taken to heart its message: It’s not so much about what you leave behind when you die, but it’s more about how you use your life while you live.

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“I wanna wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow!”

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at The Hi-pointe Theater here in St. Louis. IT”S A WONDERFUL LIFE played last weekend to a nearly-sold out crowd – and that’s a big theater!

This Saturday, December 19th at 10:30am, head over to the Hi-Pointe for a WHITE CHRISTMAS

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman  discuss the weekend box office. We’ll review ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNK ROAD TRIP, THE BIG SHORT, and IN THE HEART OF THE SEA.  We’ll preview SISTERS, and STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS. We’ll talk about A CHRISTMAS STORY and WHITE CHRISTMAS, both playing in St. Louis this week and talk about the St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards nominees and other  film critics awards that are rolling in. 

Check out the podcast at this link:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/12/weeks-wamg-podcast-chipmunks-big-short-christmas-story/

Review by Tom Stockman

Director Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA  tells the true tale of the 1830 sinking of the whaleship Essex by a massive whale. It’s a rousing epic that turns the endless expanse of the high seas into an arena for an exciting game of cat and mouse between man and beast. Howard’s film is a square, throwback adventure which, despite some clunky dialog and a predictable story, stays afloat for most of its running time......

Read the rest of the review at We Are Movie Geeks HERE

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/12/heart-sea-review/

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman  discuss the weekend box office. We’ll review THE HEIST, DON VERDEAN, THE DANISH GIRL, CHI-RAQ, KRAMPUS, and MACBETH.  We’ll preview THE REVENANT, CONCUSSION, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, and the new Chipmunks movie. We’ll talk about some older movies playing in St. Louis this week and talk about the film critics awards that are rolling in. 

Check out the podcast at this link:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/12/weeks-wamg-podcast-chi-rac-krampus-macbeth/

"The man you stabbed in the back is a soldier!"

Two anti-war WWI films and one wild British propaganda piece made while WWII was still raging constitute the three-film series sponsored by The Mildred Kemper Art Museum next week at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar in the University City Loop). This ties into the museum’s current exhibit World War I: War of Images, Images of War, which is on display through January (details on the exhibit can be found HERE http://www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu/WWI

All three films start at 7pm and admission is FREE!

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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT screens at 7pm Tuesday December 8th

The film series kicks off Tuesday December 8th with ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930) — the first major anti-war film of the sound era, faithfully based upon the timeless, best-selling 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, who had experienced the war first-hand as a young German soldier. The film was advertised with the brooding face of one of the young German recruits sent into World War I. The landmark, epic film used acres of California ranch land for the battle scenes, and employed over 2,000 extras. From four Academy Award nominations, it won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director (Lewis Milestone with his first sound feature), and it was also nominated for Best Writing Achievement (George Abbott, Maxwell Anderson, and Del Andrews) and Best Cinematography (Arthur Edeson). ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is easily one of the most gripping, realistic interpretations of the horror of military combat. Also a rarity, it’s an American anti-war film told through the eyes of German soldiers. While some of the dialogue may be dated, and the early-sound film mix today seems muffled, the graphic and vivid scenes really bring out the horror and make you feel sympathy for all involved. Some of the dialogue is inspired, and stands the test of time – Soldiers mulling over just how a war starts (“One country offends another country”…”How can a mountain in Germany offend a field in England?”) Some scenes in ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT are some of the most famous in movie history – a machine gun’s view of the carnage, indiscriminately mowing down hundreds of soldiers who drop dead six feet in front of the camera, soldiers ceasing to exist after a shell hit (all that remains, in one case, are the soldier’s hands, clutching a strand of barbed wire).The battlefields are miles of muddy, shell-cratered wasteland, the soldiers too numerous to count. The final scene, concerning a butterfly, is definitely one of the most startling movie endings of all time in terms of emotional power.

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKSThe Showis up! Hear WAMG’s  Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review THE 33, SPECTRE, and LOVE THE COOPERS . We’ll also preview MY ALL AMERICAN. We will discuss theSt. Louis International Film Festival, including the upcoming Tod Browning Tribute there. We’ll talk about our favorite 007 films and pay tribute to the late Gunnar Hansen and Melissa Matheson.

Check out the podcast at this link:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/11/weeks-wamg-podcast-spectre-33-tod-browning/