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!
“I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I’d rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!”
John Carpenter’s THE THING screens midnights this weekend (May 22nd and 23rd) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed. All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed. “
WATERSHIP DOWN screens midnights this weekend (May 15th and 16th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.
“The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It’d take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you’re lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go!”
So jazzed about MAD MAX FURY ROAD you’re having trouble sleeping? Can’t wait until the 15th? Would a midnight screen of the original MAD MAX from 1979 hold you over? Unless you got a pass to this week’s screening of MMFR, it’s gonna have to! MAD MAX will be playing midnights this Friday and Saturday night (may 8th and 9th) at The Tivoli as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ midnight series and I will be there handing out some MAD MAX FURY ROAD schwag (I’m not sure what it is exactly yet but I think it will be T-Shirts and hats)
"Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, Ann. Scream for your life!"
KING KONG screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143) Thursday, May 7th at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together
Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together ( http://www.helpingkidstogether.com/) a St. Louis based social enterprise dedicated to building cultural diversity and social awareness among young people through the arts and active living. The films featured for “Culture Shock” demonstrate an artistic representation of culture shock materialized through mixed genre and budgets spanning music, film and theater. Through ‘A Film Series’ working relationship with Schlafly Bottleworks, they seek to provide film lovers with an offbeat mix of dinner and a movie opportunities. We hope to see everyone next Thursday night!
The Facebook invite for this event can be found HERE
The following is an article I wrote about King Kong for the film's 80th anniversary that was published in Horrorhound Magazine in the Summer of 2013:
"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that!"
In BETTER OFF DEAD (1984), John Cusack plays Lane, a loser who has just lost his girlfriend and tries several times to attempt suicide to escape his miserable life. Of course he fails with hilarious results and finds reason to live in the hopes of getting her back while unwittingly falling in love with a French foreign exchange student (the super-sexy Dinae Franklin). BETTER OFF DEAD contains lots of standard ‘80s teen themes; The Girl you want. The Car you want. Parents that are just plain weird. The Guy that is better (or so you think) than you. The Job you hate. The younger brother that seems to have it all going on. A lot is happening in the side plots like the mailman who sorts your mail for you. The paperboy mafia who wants his $2., etc. The animation scenes are great in a crude sorta way. Anyone who had a mother who was not a great or even good cook can find the humor in the Christmas exchange scene or the scene where the green goop crawls off the plate and our hero Lane Meyer has to be excused. There’s way too much going on in this movie to convey the total greatness of the whole interconnected plots in less than the required 1000 words. I would still consider this a fun date movie even now, so get a date and head over to the Tivoli Theater this weekend for the midnight show of BETTER OFF DEAD.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.”
BLADE RUNNER plays midnights this weekend (April 24th and 25th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
Author Rebecca F. Pittman will be in St. Louis to sign copies of her book The History and Haunting of Lemp Mansion on May 1st from 4-6 pm at Bellefontaine Cemetery (4947 W Florissant Ave), and at Lemp Mansion (3322 Demenil Place) on May 3rd from 1-4 pm
The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis is haunted!
In 1980, Life Magazine called the Lemp Mansion "one of the ten most haunted places in America". The Lemp family line died out with him and the family's resting place can now be found in beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery. The house, located at 3322 Demenil Place near the brewery, has been the scene of triumph through to tragedy, with a background of intrigue, scandal and suicide. With the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch in the backdrop, the Lemp Mansion is a magnificent Victorian relic beside the bustling modern city.
“Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think, I think you’re the most attractive of all my parents’ friends. I mean that!”
THE GRADUATE will screen at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium Friday April 17th at 7:30pm.
THE GRADUATE (1967), director Mike Nichols’ second feature after he debuted with WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF? (1966), is still a delightful classic and a nostalgic piece of its time, to say the least. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman, 30 years old at the time, convincingly playing someone a decade his junior) is fresh out of college, and comes back to his rich parents’ house in a California suburb. Bored and undecided about what to do with his life, Benjamin is seduced by a friend of the family, middle-aged Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft, who was actually only 36). When Mrs. Robinson’s daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) shows up, Benjamin is forced to take her on a date. He hesitates at first and even tries to humiliate her by bringing her to a strip club, but he soon wants to marry her.
"I'm feeling a little, ooh, anxious if you know what I mean. It's been about six hundred years after all. I wonder where a guy, an everyday Joe like myself, can find a little action!"
“Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!”
BEETLEJUICE plays this weekend (April 10th and 11th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.
It’s showtime! The spring season of the Tivoli Theater’s ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ midnight series really kicks off this weekend (unless you count this past weekend’s ROCKY HORROR) with the 1988 favorite BEETLEJUICE
“Why are they doing this? Why are they doing this? They said when you got here the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you're the cause of all of this. I think you're evil. EVIL!”
THE BIRDS screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143) next Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together
Someone recently asked me why the birds in Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS suddenly decide to attack people. Why indeed? That’s what everyone wants to know. Is there some connection to the middling soap opera we see played out over the first hour of the 1963 film and their attacks? Is it because they are fed up with all the pollution and people shooting at them all the time? Or is it just because they can?