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!

“Choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.”

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INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE screens Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli as part of the Reel Late at The Tivoli Midnight series. 

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In case INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE somehow passed you by in 1989, the film opens with a scene showing a young Indiana Jones (River Phoenix) demonstrating his tenacity when uncovering grave robbers taking precious artifacts in Utah. The film begins properly when Dr Jones (Harrison Ford of course) is invited by wealthy Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) to help locate and recover the Holy Grail, said to grant eternal life to those who drink from it. But as Dr Jones soon realizes, he must rescue his Grail-expert father (Sean Connery) from the Nazis who also covet the Grail for their own evil purposes.
Title: INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE ¥ Pers: FORD, HARRISON / CONNERY, SEAN ¥ Year: 1989 ¥ Dir: SPIELBERG, STEVEN ¥ Ref: IND011AC ¥ Credit: [ LUCASFILM LTD/PARAMOUNT / THE KOBAL COLLECTION ]
From the start, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE simply doesn’t let go. Each scene is a riotous, action-packed sequence of stunts, explosions and fisticuffs. Harrison Ford is more comfortable in his third stab at Indy and Sean Connery is more than a match, playing against his usual macho self by becoming a bumbling, almost comic sidekick as Indy’s dad Henry. Special mention must also go to Denholm Elliott as Marcus Brody (this time given much more prominence) as well as Alison Doody as the love interest (remember her? Me neither). And given that this is written and directed by two of the biggest names in the business (Spielberg and Lucas), it is a stone-hearted curmudgeon who would argue that INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE is anything other than simply magnificent entertainment, and one that has not been seen on the big screen much, unlike RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, since it was made. Now you’ll have your chace to see INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE in all its big screen glory when it plays midnights this weekend (August 28th and 29th) at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel Late at The Tivoli Midnight series.

This week’s episode of the podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Jim Batts, Michelle McCue, and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review SINISTER 2, HITMAN AGENT 47, AMERICAN ULTRA, and LEARNING TO DRIVE. We’ll also preview NO ESCAPE, WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, and MISTRESS AMERICA, discuss movies based on video games and pay tribute to the late Bat Beauty Yvonne Craig

WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is a weekly podcast and we will soon be streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.

Here’s a link to this week’s show. Have a listen:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/08/weeks-wamg-podcast-sinister-2-hitman-yvonne-craig/

DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL opens in St. Louis August 21st exclusively at Landmark's The Tivoli Theater

“I had sex today! Holy s**t!” is the opening line of DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, a fresh take on the teen rite of passage from director Marielle Heller, adapting an illustrated novel by Phoebe Gloeckner. 15-year old Minnie (Bel Powley), clad in her ‘Mickey Rat’ T-shirt, makes the shocking declaration in voice-over as she heads home to the apartment where she resides with her divorced mother Charlotte (Kristen Wiig) and younger sister Gretel (Abby Wait) in hippy-infested San Francisco. The year is 1976 and Minnie’s ‘diary’ is actually a cassette tape recorder into which she confesses daily details about her affair with mom’s slacker boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard)........

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

“I tought I taw – I did! I did! I did tee Michael Jordan!”

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SPACE JAM screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (August 21st and 22nd) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel at The Tivoli Midnight Show.

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There’s a great scene into SPACE JAM (1996) when Bill Murray makes an unbilled appearance at a basketball game with Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. An alien creature (voiced by Danny DeVito) says, “Hey! I didn’t know Dan Aykroyd was in this picture!” Bill Murray helps out the Looney Tunes team and then leaves the scene. But he comes back later again at the end when Larry Byrd takes a seat next to Bill, who, watching Michael Jordan dribbling the ball on court, says, “That coulda been me.”

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Jim Batts, Michelle McCue, and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., END OF THE TOUR, and DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. We’ll also preview SINISTER 2, HITMAN AGENT 47, AMERICAN ULTRA, discuss the movie news coming out of D23, and have fun with one of our favorite comedies, BLAZING SADDLES!

Here's a link to the podcast. Have a listen:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/08/wamg-podcast-2/

“You have no power here! Begone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!”

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THE WIZARD OF OZ screens midnights this weekend (August 14th and 15th) and at Noon on Saturday (the 15th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.

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I certainly can’t remember the first time I saw THE WIZARD OF OZ. I just seem to have always known what it was, how the songs go, and each and every character. It rightfully ranks on the list of most folks’ most beloved (if not best) of all time. I grew up with it on annual re-runs that were a big deal every Easter. THE WIZARD OF OZ is full of ironies. It was released in August 1939 to a somewhat indifferent audience and was not a success. Producer Mervyn LeRoy was so financially damaged he swore never to put another cent of his own money in another movie. The film didn’t achieve it’s classic status until it was recycled on TV in the 50’s (more irony: the vast majority of the first TV audiences viewed it in blazing black & white, taking out much of its color-transforming wallop).  Unlike so many movies of our childhood, WIZARD OF OZ remains as delightful as ever and this weekend (August 14th and 15th), you’ll have the chance to see it on the big screen when it shows  at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight show. And if you can’t handle staying up that late, I have good news. THE WIZARD OF OZ will also be screening at noon on Saturday August 15th.

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Jim Batts, Michelle McCue, and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review THE GIFT, FANTASTIC FOUR, RICKI AND THE FLASH. We’ll also preview STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., and DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. We also discuss the films of director Jonathan Demme and Harold Lloyd’s 1923 silent masterpiece SAFETY LAST.

Here's a link to the podcast. Have a listen:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/08/weeks-wamg-podcast-gift-harold-lloyd-jonathan-demme/

 

THE GIFT is a sharp, nasty little thriller that takes a familiar stalker situation and transcends expectations. It tells a story which, in other hands, could have simply been another bunny-boiler, but Joel Edgerton, who directed it and costars, delivers some surprises, most of all by never pushing the material over the top. Ignore the misleading trailer, which makes it look cheap and predictable. THE GIFT delivers much more than you may expect.

Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star as Simon and Robyn, a childless couple recently moved from Chicago to Los Angeles for Simon’s new high-paying gig at a digital security firm. While shopping for furniture, they bump into an awkward High School acquaintance of Simon named Gordo (Edgerton).   Simon at first fails to even recognize the friendly man, but soon recalls that he was known in the day, for reasons to be revealed, as ‘Gordo the Weirdo’........

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

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/08/the-gift-the-review/

The most entertaining animal story since BABE, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE is this summer’s sleeper for kids and their parents, a terrific and hilarious movie that takes a lot of risks and makes them all pay off. The modelmakers and stop-motion animators at Aardman studios have created a witty, high-spirited adventure literally out of clay with lovingly rendered detail and the same type of visual hijinks that made their Wallace & Gromit shorts such classics........

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

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/08/shaun-sheep-review/

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Jim Batts, Michelle McCue, and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION, CALL ME LUCKY, IRRATIONAL MAN, VACATION, and the newly restored re release of THE THIRD MAN. We’ll also preview RICKI AND THE FLASH, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE GIFT, and TANGERINE. The Geeks have been busy!

WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is a weekly podcast and we will soon be streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.

Here’s the link to this week’s show. Have a listen:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/08/weeks-wamg-podcast-mission-impossible-third-man/