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 killed my daddy, you maniacal, media-manipulated, homicidal, hermaphrodite freak of nature!”
Since nothing says ‘The Christmas Season’ like a night of blood, breasts, and puke, we’re continuing the semi-regular monthly TROMA NIGHT at The Way Out Club in St. Louis on December 27th beginning at 9pm!
Founded in the mid-70s by Lloyd Kaufman, Troma Studios is known for their production of B-movies that typically try to pack as much sexuality, nudity, and intentionally sadistic, gory, and blatant graphic violence into a 90-minute package as possible. Troma reuses the same props, actors, and scenes repeatedly, sometimes to save money and, while their films are notoriously cheap, they’re always a lot of fun. Their first big hit was in 1985 with the violent dark comedy THE TOXIC AVENGER, which chronicled the adventures of a mild-mannered, scrawny janitor who turns into a thundering, muscular hero out for justice, morality, and a bit of sex. I saw THE TOXIC AVENGER at the old Varsity Theater in the Loop when it was first released and became a Troma fan immediately. Troma churned out several TOXIC AVENGER sequels as well as such Z-grade masterpieces as CLASS OF NUKE’EM HIGH, SPACE ZOMBIE BINGO, and RABID GRANNIES. But don’t think that the folks at Troma get no respect. Troma has enjoyed a wealth of critical appreciation, exemplified by Troma retrospectives sponsored by the Venice Film Festival, Cinemathèque Français, and the American Film Institute. If that’s not high-brow acceptance enough, the thrill-a-minute, body-piercing, computer sex, car-crashing extravaganza TROMEO AND JULIET even played here at the highfalutin' St. Louis International Film Festival!
DEADFALL opens today (12/14) in St. Louis at the Plaza Frontenac Theater. It seems like the type of blood and thunder thriller that would do better at the Tivoli with the college/hip crowd than at the Frontenac where shoppers wander into the theater after an afternoon at Saks, often to see whatever, but the folks at Landmark know what they're doing. I saw a screener of DEADFALL and liked things about it but overall it's a weak, if bloody, stew.
Here is my review:
Tightly paced direction and a stellar cast can’t salvage the lame new crime thriller DEADFALL. Though it functions as a diverting 95-minute machine, it’s got a half-baked script and a story that vanishes from your mind 10 minutes after the credits roll. Eric Bana is Addison, a mad dog killer on the lam with his sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) after a Michigan casino heist leads to a car crash that kills their third partner. Addison murders a state trooper and, with a deadly blizzard swirling around them, the two split up in the snowy woods and make a run for the Canadian border......
Read at the rest of the review at We Are Movie Geeks HERE
"Every gun makes its own tune."
Get three coffins ready. Fans of the Western films of Sergio Leone will think they’ve died and gone to heaven this weekend and next. Webster University is showing Leone’s ‘Man with No Name’ films, a rousing trilogy consisting of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964), FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965), and THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966), all starring Clint Eastwood at Winifred Moore Auditorium. This is indeed a rare opportunity, one no one should miss. Leone’s masterpiece ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) has played theatrically here in town, most recently at the St. Louis International Film Festival three years ago. I first saw it when it was restored in 1985 and played for a week at the Tivoli, and saw it again a few years later at the St. Louis Art Museum. THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY was also restored from 160 to 180 minutes about seven years ago and that also played at the Tiv, and a couple of years later again at Webster U. The first Leone westerns, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, are two that have not played here on the big screen in recent memory and they are the ones I’m the most excited about.
Late Night Grindhouse, the midnight program that shows exploitation films from (mostly) the 1970s is in its third year at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe. The monthly program, always the first Friday and Saturday is programmed and hosted by Andy Treifenbach and Michael Haffner of the horror movie website Destroy The Brain!