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!
Next week is Charles Bronson Week in St. Louis! Lucky St. Louisans will have two oppurtunties to celebrate the career of Hollywood's toughest star.
First, HARD TIMES, Bronson's best movie from the '70s, screens at Schlafly Bottleworks Wednesday, April 1st as part of Webster University’s ‘Strange Brew’ Film Series. The ‘Charles Bronson Exhibit’, a collection of movie paper, figures, models kits, toys, and other odd memorabilia will be on display that night at Schlafly. I’m super-excited to be showing off my collection of Charles Bronson memorabilia next Wednesday April 1st at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143). Don’t miss it! Doors open at 7pm. I’ll have Charles Bronson movie trivia beginning at 8pm with a stack of Bronson DVDs to give away as prizes as well as a few choice pieces of Bronson movie memorabilia.I’ve been collecting Charles Bronson memorabilia for thirty years now. I have suitcases full of Charles Bronson movie posters, stills and lobby cards. When I hosted the Super-8 Charles Bronson Movie Madness show at the Way Out Club in July of 2010, I set up the The Charles Bronson Exhibit there and I decorated the walls of the Way Out Club with dozens of Charles Bronson posters. I won’t be setting up as many posters at Schlafly, but my collection of Bronson model kits and other unusual items has grown in the past five years, and it will be an impressive display indeed. The last time I displayed a one-night exhibit was two years ago when I assembled the Ray Harryhausen Tribute Exhibit at the Way Out Club when I hosted The Ray Harryhausen Super-8 Tribute. I also curated The Vincent Price Exhibit at the Sheldon Galleries in Spring of 2011, but that exhibit stayed up for four months
“Two women in the house – and one of them a redhead!”
THE QUIET MAN (1952) is one of Hollywood’s most beloved movies and you’ll have a chance to see it on the big screen at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater next weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, March 14th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117. Admission is only $5.
John Ford’s flamboyant tribute to Irish-Americans, THE QUIET MAN may be full of all-too-familiar Irish stereotypes, ranging from a fondness for spirits to the love of a good fight, but it’s delivered with great skill and broad humor and at its heart is a good-natured, old-fashioned romance. The action takes place in Sea Verge (Ireland), around 1933 and tells the story of “Sean Thornton” (John Wayne), “a quiet peace loving man come home from America”, He’s a boxer who’s returned to his native Ireland to recover his farm and escape his past. and finds trouble in the form of the hulking Will Danaher (Victor McLaglen). Things go from bad to worse, when Wayne falls in love with Danaher’s feisty sister (Maureen O’Hara), which causes the bullheaded lout to try and pick a fight with Wayne. THE QUIET MAN was a triumph for Ford (who won the 1953 Best Director Oscar for this) and the actors involved. Perhaps the best thing about the film is the wonderful cast of supporting characters–one of the best in Hollywood history. You have Barry Fitzgerald, Arthur Shields (Fiztgerald’s real-life brother), Midred Natwick, Ward Bond and many others to provide color and a touch of the Old Country. The moments in here, like in most Ford films, are beautifully filmed giving this an epic feel. The best acting comes from McLaglen’s portrayal of a man that is a bit thick-headed, but who still remains lovable. Stay for the climax. It’s a real dandy!
The Hi-Pointe’s site can be found HERE
“….God told me to!”
GOD TOLD ME TO screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (March 6th and 7th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117)
In the Fall of 1976, my father dropped me off at the Hi-Pointe Theater after church one Sunday because I’d been bugging him about seeing the new horror film RABID by David Cronenberg, a director who would soon become a favorite. RABID was the first half of a double feature that afternoon, paired with something called DEMON, which I knew nothing about except that it was rated R and was called DEMON. While I loved the gory RABID (and still do), my 14-year old mind was mostly just bewildered by the deranged religious madness and paranormal confusion on display in the less-gruesome DEMON. About a dozen years later, I rented the VHS of Larry Cohen’s GOD TOLD ME TO, and was surprised to see that it and DEMON were actually one and the same. By that time, I was a fan of maverick, NY-based Cohen, one of the great independent exploitation directors of the 1970s and 80s. His quirky output includes BLACK CAESAR (1973), IT’S ALIVE (1974), Q THE WINGED SERPENT (1982), and THE STUFF (1985), but his most unusual film still has to be that 1976 mind-bender GOD TOLD ME TO. This weekend I’ll be heading back to the Hi-Pointe, 39 years later, to see DEMON there again (this time under its proper title GOD TOLD ME TO) when it plays as part of Destroy the Brain’s Late Night Grindhouse midnight series.
"Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child."
THE GODFATHER Screens with live music accompaniment by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra March 27-29th at Powell Hall in St. Louis
I’ve often said there’s nothing better than watching silent movies with live music, but what about watching sound movies with live music? When the movie is THE GODFATHER and the score is being performed by the award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, it just becomes one of those events that can’t be missed. Justin Freer conducts Nino Rota’s beloved score performed live by the STL Symphony with Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award®-winning full-length masterpiece shown from the Powell Hall stage beginning at 7pm Friday March 27and 28, and 2pm Sunday March 29th. It’s an offer you cannot refuse!
“See, now’s the time of the meal when you start getting the McStomach ache. You start getting the McTummy. You get the McGurgles in there. You get the McBrick, then you get the McStomach ache. Right now I’ve got some McGas that’s rockin’. My arms… I feel like I’ve got some McSweats goin’. My arms got the McTwitches going in here from all the sugar that’s going in my body right now. I’m feeling a little McCrazy!”
SUPER SIZE ME screens at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood Thursday, March 5th at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together
“Hello Yank, welcome to a very merry little war. And now how about a wee drop for the King and Uncle Sam?”
The 1927 silent classic WINGS will screen at 2pm on Sunday March 8th at the St. Louis Scottish Rite Cathedral Auditorium (3633 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108) with live organ music by Dr. Marvin Faulwell.
How about that Julianne Moore? The red-headed actress followed up her Best Actress win at last year’s Cannes Film Festival with a win for the big one at The Oscars. But the two wins were for different films! MAPS TO THE STARS was the film she won at Cannes for. I have not seen this latest thriller from cult director David Cronenberg, but we won’t miss it when it plays in St. Louis starting Friday exclusively at The Chase Park Plaza Cinema (212 N. Kingshighway in the Central West End)
“People, they love blood. They love action. Not this talky, depressing, philosophical bullshit!”
St. Louis-area film fans who somehow have yet to see BIRDMAN are in luck. The Oscar-winning ‘Best Picture’ will open Friday, February 27th for a one-week run at St. Louis’ best theater The Hi-Pointe (1005 McCausland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117). I’m gonna see it again just so I can see it at The Hi-Pointe – and so should you !
Here are the showtimes for screening of BIRDMAN next week at The Hi-Pointe
Friday – Saturday – Sunday: (2:00, 4:45) and 7:30
Monday – Wednesday: (4:45) and 7:30
The Hi-Pointe’s site can be found HERE
"Peel out! I just love it when guys peel out!"
AMERICAN GRAFFITI will screen in 35mm at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium Friday February 20th at 7:30pm. The screening will be introduced by Webster University Professor Joe Schuster.
You can have all the STAR WARS movies, Episodes One through whatever – I’ll trade them all straight up for AMERICAN GRAFFITI and consider myself as having got the best end of the deal.
AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973) was only George Lucas’ second major film as a director (though he was already plenty experienced at filmmaking) and it is an extraordinary movie that has aged wonderfully. AMERICAN GRAFFITI chronicles one long night in the lives of some recent high school graduates in a north California in 1962. But it’s not just a look at the teenage ritual of cruising. By the time the next day is dawning, the main characters have all learned lessons about life and themselves and glimpsed the directions their futures will go in.
- CASABLANCA Screens at The Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis Saturday morning February 14th at 10:30am