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!

Body/mind transference, the central idea behind the thriller SELF/LESS, is so flush with opportunity that it’s frustrating to see this new movie fly off the rails so early and so completely. SELF/LESS has the premise for thought-provoking science-fiction, but it doesn’t have the gumption. It would rather be a blockbuster than a mind-bender but it turns out to be neither. Ben Kingsley stars as Damian Hale, a miserly real-estate magnate at death’s door who pays a quarter million dollars for the services of the shadowy corporation known as ‘Phoenix Biogenics’ (we know he’s rich because he’s shown in his Trump-style penthouse complete with solid gold doors and bannister). Albright (Matthew Goode), Phoenix’s spiffy young chief, offers his clients ‘Shedding’, a process of transferring the mind from the old and sick body into a healthy younger human grown organically in their lab......

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

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I’m here to help you. I’m Reese. Sergeant Tech-Com, DN38416. Assigned to protect you. You’ve been targeted for termination!”

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THE TERMINATOR (1984) screens midnights this weekend (July 10th and 11th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.

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Who would have thought a low budget science fiction movie aptly named THE TERMINATOR would be so iconic 30 years later as well as start the meteoric rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a legend in cinema, introduce director James Cameron to Hollywood as a force to be reckoned with, give a new meaning to audiences with the immortal line “I’ll be back”, spawn a large fan base, and then witness the birth of a big-budget saga with an even bigger sequel in 1991 that outdoes the first movie with TERMINATOR 2 JUDGEMENT DAY and then continue on with TERMINATOR RISE OF THE MACHINES in 2003, TERMINATOR SALVATION in 2009, and TERMINATOR GENYSIS in 2015 as well as a short lived TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles?

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 TERMINATOR GENYSIS, THE OVERNIGHT, SELF/LESS, and AMY. We’ll also discuss at length the career of the late film composer James Horner and take a look at the Tivoli Theater’s newly-announced midnight movie schedule (which includes THE ROOM).  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/2015/07/weeks-wamg-podcast-james-horner-selfless/

 

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This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s  Jim Batts, Michael Haffner and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We’ll review MAX, MAGIC MIKE XXL, TED 2, discuss at length the career of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in advance of this week’s TERMINATOR GENISYS, and debate the merits of ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL.  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/2015/06/weeks-wamg-podcast-schwarzenegger-earl-dying-girl/

 

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“Roger, darling. I want you to know I love you. I’ve loved you more than any woman’s ever loved a rabbit. “

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WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT screens midnights this weekend (July 3rd and 4th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series. It will also screen at 10am Saturday July 4th

Only someone with a heart of stone can’t love WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, a classic mix from 1988 of live-action and animation which united Disney’s classic characters with the Looney Toons.

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In an alternative version of 1947 humans and cartoon characters (Toons) live together in Hollywood. The Toons have their own home, Toontown, but there star in live-action films and can do almost anything. Hard-boiled, heavy drinking Private Detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), whose brother was murdered by a Toon, is assigned a case by a movie studio to take incriminating photos of Jessica Rabbit (voiced Kathleen Turner) and Acme Corporation owner Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye) to get Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) to focus on his latest movie. But when Marvin Acme is found dead Roger Rabbit is the prime suspect, with the sadistic Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) is determined to destroy the Toon. But upon further investigation by Valiant he discovers a wider conspiracy over the ownership of Toontown.

MAX is an Afghanistan War-set battlefield adventure and a look at the unbreakable bond between a Marine and his military working dog ……. for about the first ten minutes! What’s left for another long hour and a half, despite some moments of bravura and lazy tugs at the heart-strings, is a poorly-written, California-set melodrama that I can’t recommend. The end credits for MAX play over vintage photos of dogs in combat, from the Civil War to WWI and WWII to Iraq. Dogs have been trained by the military as scouts, sentries and trackers for centuries and I wish that was the story that the producers of MAX had tackled. A kind of canine WAR HORSE might have made for a stirring adventure. On the surface, MAX is an old fashioned throwback to more innocent family fare which may seem like a good antidote to the violent and defeatist thrillers a lot of younger moviegoers seem to be hooked on, but it’s crippled by a weak script, poor performances, and a half-hearted sheen of sentimentality that all but masks the more serious undertones of the story. I wanted to bond with MAX, but I could not....

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

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/06/max-review/

 

 

“Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe? ”

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THE BREAKFAST CLUB screens Wednesday night July 1st at Schlafly Bottleworks at 8pm

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You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew cult film series. It’s always the first Wednesday evening of every month, and they always come up with some cult classic to show while enjoying some good food and great suds. The fun happens at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143).

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In 1985, director/writer John Hughes crafted THE BREAKFAST CLUB, his hilarious and surprisingly thoughtful tale that still seems as fresh as it did 30 years ago. Five teenagers, each representing a different clique in their high school, are forced to spend an entire Saturday in detention together for various infractions each has committed–some of which become central to the plot, as the characters gradually become aware that they share more in common with each other than their stereotypes and preconceived notions would ever allow.

This week’s episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up! Hear WAMG’s Jim Batts, Travis Keune and Tom Stockman discuss the weekend box office, and next weekend’s releases. We also discuss at length the career of actor Mark Wahlberg in advance of this week’s TED 2, and debate the merits of the Brian Wilson bio LOVE & MERCY. 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 podcast:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/06/weeks-wamg-podcast-mark-wahlberg-love-mercy/

Visit our WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show Facebook page HERE

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“I love a woman who can kick my ass!”

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COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE screens midnights this weekend (June 26th and 27th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.

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The popular animé series Cowboy Bebop got its own feature-length film in 2001 aptly named COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series’ story line just prior to its conclusion, with the bounty hunting crew of the interstellar craft Bebop chasing a hacker aboard a tanker into a major city on Mars. As crew member Faye Valentine closes in on the tanker, she witnesses its catastrophic explosion, which soon appears to be a viral terrorist attack as the death toll continues to mount in the days following. Furthermore, Faye caught a glimpse of the person responsible for the blast and is thus the only surviving witness of the crime. After the government puts out a large bounty for the perpetrator’s capture, the Bebop gang — slacker Spike Spiegel, former policeman Jet Black, and hacker girl genius Edward — begin their own hunt for the mass murderer, who is eventually revealed to be one Vincent Volaju. Vincent, it turns out, was the lone survivor of a governmental medical test and now seeks revenge by unleashing the same microscopic robotic virus used in the tanker explosion on the unsuspecting city. The Bebop crew must scramble to prevent Vincent from carrying out his plan, as well as try to locate an anti-virus to counterattack the effects of Vincent’s virus.

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 review the weekend box office hit JURASSIC WORLD and next weekend’s Pixar release INSIDE OUT. We also discuss at length our favorite dinosaur movies and the amazing life and career of the recently-departed Christopher Lee. WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is a weekly podcast and we will soon be streaming at ONStl.com Online Radio.

Visit our WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show Facebook page HERE

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Here's the link to this week's podcast:

http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/06/weeks-wamg-podcast-christopher-lee-dinosaurs-inside/