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!
“Jack, Maggie, all you have to do is think one happy thought, and you’ll fly like me!”
HOOK screens midnights this weekend (June 19th and 20th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.There will also be a 10am screening Saturday the 20th.
HOOK is a spin-off of the classic tale of Peter Pan. Do you ever wonder what life would have been like for Peter Pan if he had grown up? If he had kids, a wife, and a career as a lawyer? It happens here in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 tale of the boy who never wanted to grow up. Did you know that Michael Jackson originally wanted to play the role of Peter? Pretty creepy, huh? But fortunately Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman were cast and they are great together. Peter is a grown-up who just can’t seem to have fun in life; he misses his son’s baseball games, doesn’t spend much time with the family, and is always focused on work. But when he and his wife visit England with their kids to see Wendy, the lady who raised Peter when he was an orphan, his kids are kidnapped by Captain James Hook who wants to challenge Peter, but when Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts – actually less sexy than the 1953 cartoon version) takes Peter back to Neverland, he needs convincing that he is Peter Pan and is given three days to do so to get back his children. The Lost Boys help Peter battle Captain Hook and get his kids back while learning the importance of youth.
The original JURASSIC PARK set a new standard for state-of-the-art visual effects. It was suddenly possible to see humans and dinosaurs interacting in a way that had never before been possible, and to feel the entire theater shake with the approach of a T-Rex. 23 years later not a whole lot has changed. As the belated third sequel opens, and John Williams’s famous theme swells, JURASSIC WORLD feels both nostalgically familiar and excitingly new. The story is simple: The Costa Rica-set Jurassic World theme park is now a popular tourist destination. Scientists there develop a bigger, better hybrid supersaurus which escapes its enclosure resulting in the usual monster mayhem. JURASSIC WORLD is a true summer movie experience. It’s got thrills, chills, and checks every box needed for big entertainment. It has its share of flaws, chief of which are the familiarity factor and a weak script, but it still offers a couple hours of glitzy, hi-tech fun. That’s just about all that anyone can reasonably expect from this kind of blockbuster, but the magical spark that characterized the original Spielberg film is largely absent......
Read the rest of my review at We Are Movie Geeks HERE
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The second episode of our podcast WE ARE MOVIE GEEKS The Show is up and ready for you to listen to. Hear WAMG’s Michelle McCue, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman review the weekend box office hits SPY, INSIDIOUS 3, and ENTOURAGE. This week we also discuss LOVE AND MERCY, DARK STAR; H.R. GIGER’S WORLD, SAINT LAURENT, the Grindhouse Trailer we watched at last weekend’s Late Night Grindhouse, the upcoming Blu-ray release of THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION and much much more.
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“Teriffic. I’m about to get killed a million miles from nowhere with a gung-ho iguana who tells me to relax!”
THE LAST STARFIGHTER screens midnights this weekend (June 12th and 13th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.There will also be a 10am screening Saturday the 13th.
THE LAST STARFIGHTER, the 1984 sci-fi film about a video-gaming teen (Lance Guest – remember him?…me neither) who finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force, will probably be best remembered as one of the first science-fiction films to feature fully computer-generated images instead of model shots, and that’s unfortunate. Slick, fun, and full of energy, THE LAST STARFIGHTER is one of the better “forgotten” science fiction films of the ‘80s – a movie with fun characters, an involving story, and enough action and adventure to keep both kids and adults entertained. Granted, BLADE RUNNER it’s not…and it’s no STAR WARS either…but THE LAST STARFIGHTER packs enough punch in it’s proton-torpedoes to sink the worst naysayer who thought this film stank in it’s initial release (it was a box-office bomb). A compelling story of friendship and adventure, with the final screen appearance of ‘The Music Man’ himself Robert Preston, THE LAST STARFIGHTER is a fun movie in the Saturday Morning kidvid vein – mostly for kids, but fun for adults who are in the mood for it. And adults who saw when they were kids have the chance to relive it on the big screen again. THE LAST STARFIGHTER plays midnights this weekend (June 12th and 13th) at midnight as well as a 10am show Saturday morning (the 13th).
“The murderer is right in this room. Sitting at this table. You may serve the fish.”
THE THIN MAN plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater ( 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117) Saturday, June 13th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series
W.S. Van Dyke’s 1934 film THE THIN MAN stars Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nora and Nick Charles, upper class sleuths who unwittingly become caught up in the case of a missing friend and former client. Nick is a former detective who has been in retirement for the last four years, living the high life with Nora when Dorothy Wynant (Maureen O’Sullivan) implores with them to help find her father, who has been missing for three months. Throughout the investigation, Nick and Nora rarely are without a drink in their hands, are forever trading witticisms and getting themselves into comical situations; they even get their terrier Asta in on their investigation.
Don’t have time to binge watch the entire first season of GAME OF THRONES? The lunatics at The Magic Smoking Monkey Theater group have the perfect solution!
In the tradition of their internationally-acclaimed 1-hour productions of THE STAR WARS TRILOGY, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, LORD OF THE RINGS, the Smoking Monkeys are proud to present The One-Hour Game of Thrones Parody! And it’s coming to St. Louis this month
St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre adapts a cult film into an onstage farce once a year. Previous adaptions (besides the hour-long ones I mentioned) have included PAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, REEFER MADNESS, and GLEN OR GLENDA. In 2011 they helped celebrate Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration with a stage presentation of one of the home town horror star’s classics: THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES in 3D, a sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody. These guys stage the most gut-busting spoofs imaginable and after this year you’ll never look at Tyrion Lannister quite the same way.
4 of 5 Stars! SPY is hilarious! "the funniest major American film so far this year"
Director Paul Feig, whose BRIDESMAIDS upended notions of what a raunchy female ensemble comedy could be, does it again with another genre – the spy spoof. In SPY Melissa McCarthy stars as Susan Cooper, a desk-bound CIA analyst who uses technology to watch the back of her partner, Special Agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law), acting as his eyes and ears to remotely guide him on dangerous espionage endeavors. When he is killed by Raina Boyanov (Rose Byrne), the spoiled criminal daughter of a Bulgarian crime lord that Bradley had killed in the opening scene, Cooper volunteers to be sent to the field to avenge his death. She is assigned the task of following Raina through Europe and reporting back with information about the potential handing over of a nuclear weapon, one only Raina knows the whereabouts of. In disguise, Susan becomes much closer to her target than what had been initially planned, all the while trying to avoid Ford (Jason Statham), an obnoxious rogue CIA agent determined to singlehandedly solve this mission himself. She also has to contend with her assigned disguises, which include old-lady perms, dowdy dresses and T-shirts with cats on them (“I look like someone’s homophobic aunt”).......
Read the rest of my review of SPY at We Are Movie Geeks.com HERE
“I wouldn't sell my bike for all the money in the world. Not for a hundred million, trillion, billion dollars!”
PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE screens midnights this weekend (June 5th and 6th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
The first film by Paul Ruebens, Tim Burton and the incomparable film composer Danny Elfman, PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE bubbles with the pure joy and exuberance of three talented people playing with a brand new toy. No film has ever been more fun to watch.When the pale man child known as Pee Wee Herman’s mechanical love ride is stolen by a bikenapper, a lot of quirk and circumstance follows as this cultural icon tries to rescue his two-wheeled best friend. This really is the most beautiful movie relationship between a man and an inanimate object (Tom Hanks and a volleyball comes in a close second). Things really get tense when Pee Wee pays a visit to main suspect – ferocious fatty, Francis. And what follows is the most intense swimming pool fight you will ever see. There’s a ghostly encounter with a Marge who is large and in charge, a daring escape from jealous jellyboy Andy and a train ride singalong with a sardine swallower. Then it’s off to the Alamo for the third act, and it’s the third act of this film that shows just how inspiring a figure Pee Wee really is. He shows that he can make the best of any situation when he turns a potential execution at the hands of the Satan’s Helpers into a glass-smashing biker bar dance. -SPOILERS- And just when you thought this tomfoolerific tale was over, there’s an incredible chase to top it all off! During this climax, Pee Wee dons none other than a nun costume, ruins a Japanese monster movie, liberates a pet store and doesn’t get a wrinkle in his impeccable grey suit in the process.
“If you’re revolted by the sight of blood, close your eyes for the next 90 seconds!”
TRAILER APOCALYPSE screens midnights this Friday and Saturday Night (June 5th and 6th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse
To celebrate the fifth year of the monthly Late Night Grindhouse, the crazies over at Destroy the Brain are presenting ‘TRAILER APOCALYPSE – A Grindhouse Trailer Reel’ featuring a 2 solid hour buffet of trailers from the so-called “grindhouse” era: the notorious, the long forgotten, and everything in between. If you went to see a double or triple feature playing on 42nd Street in New York City in the seventies these are just the kind of coming attractions that would run before the films. Unfortunately, almost no one currently living in St. Louis ventured into NYC grindhouses 40-something years ago (at least no one I know), so here’s your chance to take that time machine back to the gritty days of exploitation madness.
Andy over at Destroy the Brain is keeping it close to the vest as to exactly what trailers we can expect to see unspool on The Hi-Pointe’s massive screen in glorious 35mm, but I did get him to tease three titles and if these are indicative of the titles on this trailer reel, St. Louis is in for one sleazy treat this weekend.
KUNG FU KILLER screens midnights this weekend (May 29th and 30th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
Reel Late at the Tivoli film series usually shows classic cult movies at midnight but this weekend, it’s a St. Louis premiere of a new film, KUNG FU KILLER starring chopsocky legend Donnie Yen and directed by Teddy Chen.
A vicious killer, Feng, is going round Hong Kong killing top martial arts exponents, leaving a secret weapon called the Moonshadow as his calling card. When convicted killer and kung fu expert, Xia, hears of this, he offers to help the police catch the killer, in return for his freedom. Despite their misgivings, the police release the former police martial arts instructor into their custody. With his help, they realize from the chronological order of the victims that the killer is targeting his victims, all the top masters in their martial arts style, following a martial code of training. When Xia also disappears after a close encounter with Feng, they suspect the worse: that the two are accomplices and Feng was the bait to help spring Xia from jail. But Xia has actually gone back to his home in Foshan to find out more about the mysterious calling card. While doing so, he discovers the killer’s identity and his motivation: the true philosophy behind martial arts was to kill opponents who were weaker than him. Steadfastly, Xia refuses to be drawn into a fight with Feng – until the killer threatens the women he loves most. Only then does he realize that he would have to go against the martial code in order to uphold it.