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!

“Yeah some of our clothes are from victims. You might bite someone and then, you think, ‘Oooh, those are some nice pants!’”

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Last weekend it was Swedish Vampires (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN ) and this weekend, it’s bloodsuckers from New Zealand! WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS plays midnights at The Tivoli this Friday and Saturday (October 9th and 10th) at the Tivoli. Admission is only $8

"You pink-ass corrupt honky judge, take your little wet noodle outta here and if you see a man anywhere send him in because I do need a MAN!”

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FOXY BROWN screens at the Missouri History Museum Sunday, October 11th at 5:00pm as part of the St. Louis Black Film Festival ‘s A SALUTE TO CLASSIC BLACK ACTRESSES. Admission is $5
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For a complete rundown of all of the A SALUTE TO CLASSIC BLACK ACTRESSES screenings, go HERE

St. Louis Black Film Festival presents A SALUTE TO CLASSIC BLACK ACTRESSES. The 3-day film fest takes place at Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112) October 9th through the 11th and will feature the films of black stars Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Eartha Kitt, Diahann Carroll and Juanita Moore.

AARP members may attend each movie showing free of charge (One free entry per membership card) when they show their AARP membership card at the entrance. Visit AARP-St. Louis volunteers at our table at the St. Louis Classic Black Film Festival before each screening to learn more about what AARP is doing in the St. Louis region.

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If you dig Blaxsploitation films the way I do, FOXY BROWN will not disappoint. It’s a wild story of sex, drugs, vengeance and adventure. Best of all it features my favorite actress Pam Grier, the undisputed queen of the genre – busty, tough, and sweet (well, mostly just busty and tough) – in probably her most iconic role. FOXY BROWN is one of the best movies ever made and do not miss your chance to see it on the big screen.

“You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.”

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EASY RIDER screens in 16mm at 7:30pm Monday October 5th at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood

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The perfect film to watch in old-school 16mm!

EASY RIDER (1969) is much more than a 60s relic – it’s still a great movie even today. I find it fascinating that Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda took Roger Corman material and gave it an European- influenced arthouse approach. Combined with breathtaking visuals, a well-chosen rock soundtrack and some classic, stoned, improvised dialogue EASY RIDER is still an impressive movie all these years later. Fonda had recently made THE WILD ANGELS, Hopper the less remembered THE GLORY STOMPERS, and Jack Nicholson HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS, but EASY RIDER reinvented the biker movie (or technically created a new subgenre: the “hippy” Biker Film), and things were never quite the same in Hollywood for the rest of the Seventies. The supporting cast is interesting and includes a great role for the fantastically underrated Luke Askew as the “Stranger on Highway”, and cameos from the star’s buddies Robert Walker Jr, Luana Anders and Sabrina Scharf, as well Karen Black and Toni Basil’s New Orleans hookers, Look for Phil Spector’s coke snorting bit part, and a fleeting glimpse of young Grizzly Adams Dan Haggerty. You either love EASY RIDER or you don’t, and I’m most definitely in the former camp. A 1960s generation-defining counter-culture classic!

“I’m twelve. But I’ve been twelve for a long time.”

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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is a 2008 Swedish horror film that tells the story of Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, who finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar young girl who happens to be a vampire. . LET THE RIGHT ONE IN has been variously acclaimed as ‘A Chilling Fairytale’; ‘Horror film of the century’; “Unforgettable Cinema”; “Instant Classic” etc. and (apart from the last which is a contradiction in terms!) deserves all the acclaim. But it is much more than just a horror story – it’s more like a coming-of-age story of first love – with vampires. Oskar is a lonely outsider, all but ignored by his separated parents and bullied cruelly by his classmates. When Eli and her ‘guardian’ move in next door his interest is piqued by the fact that she never goes out by day and the windows in her bedroom are all blacked up. For her part Eli is drawn to Oskar although at their first meeting she tells him “We can never be friends”. Meanwhile her guardian is out hunting for Eli’s latest feed: a batch of fresh blood.

Friday, 18 September 2015 14:34

Review of David Oyelowo in CAPTIVE

As bland as its title, CAPTIVE is an indifferent home invasion thriller in which a drug-addicted single mom is held hostage by a desperate man who’d just murdered four people. Hostage movies follow such age-old patterns that it’s rare to be surprised by one and CAPTIVE is no exception. Occasionally the genre will be transformed by brilliant filmmaking, as it was in something like THE DESPERATE HOURS or DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Not this time. The true subject should have been given energy but all I felt while watching CAPTIVE was a big yawn.....

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

The kid faces the champion, loses, fights his way back, and takes the rematch. It’s a familiar sports trope and PAWN SACRIFICE, the biography of volatile chess champ Bobby Fischer, is as formulaic in its own way as ROCKY (or if you prefer, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER). The good news is that it’s an intense and fascinating drama capable of involving those who know little about chess as well as avid players.........

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

“Prince Barin! I’m not your enemy, Ming is! And you know it yourself. Ming is the enemy of every creature of Mongo! Let’s all team up and fight him!”

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FLASH GORDON screens midnights this weekend (September 18th and 19th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their Reel Late at The Tivoli midnight series.

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FLASH GORDON (1980) is a sci-fi family blockbuster directed by the fellow who gave us the gritty ’70s gangster movie GET CARTER. Its two leads (Sam Jones, Melody Anderson) can’t act at all and are barely engaging. The performances are completely uneven to the extent that actors seem to think they’re in different films. After STAR WARS and ALIEN had set a benchmark for sci-fi being a bit dark and grimy it’s like they threw all that out and decided that sci-fi should look polished, shiny and colorful. And the soundtrack is by Queen, with the preposterousness and pomp turned up to eleven.

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Jim Batts and Tom Stockman with special guest Lynn Venhaus, film and theater critic for the Belleville News-Democrat, discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review THE VISIT and CAPTIVE. We’ll also preview BLACK MASS, EVEREST, and this week’s Late Night Grindhouse pick THE TURBO KID. We’ll discuss  Cannon Films and talk about the new documentary ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, THE WILD UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS .

Here's a linkto this week's Podcast:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/09/weeks-wamg-podcast-visit-captive-cannon-filmsand/

Friday, 11 September 2015 08:00

Review of THE VISIT from M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan sure knows what scares us. Dead people who can only be seen by a sad young boy. Mysterious crop circles suggesting something more frightening to come. And now with his latest film THE VISIT – a shed full of soiled adult diapers! It’s difficult to discuss an M. Night movie without referring to what disasters his last several films have been and the downward path his career has taken, but THE VISIT is his best movie in years. That’s not saying much, but it might be all the beleaguered director needs right now........

Read the rest of my review at We Are Movie Geeks.com HERE

 

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS presents a world populated by sex-and-cash-and-booze-crazed twenty-somethings who live to hear electronic music and dance the night away. Zac Efron stars as Cole, an aspiring “laptop DJ” in the San Fernando Valley. Cole has a soulless day job working for a sleazy predatory loan outfit headed by John Bernthal. Along with his three pals – aspiring actor/drug dealer Ollie (Shiloh Fernandez), loudmouth Mason (Jonny Weston), and thoughtful Squirrel (Alex Shaffer) – Cole spends his evenings promoting parties, spinning music, and ingesting drugs. A friendship develops between Cole and bigshot DJ James Reed (Wes Bentley), a fallen former ‘superstar’ of laptop DJ-ing, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated when Cole falls for James’ bored younger girlfriend/assistant Sophie (Emily Rataikowski). Along the way, there are more drugs, tragedies, and romances that sizzle and fizzle....

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