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Welcome! Meet the Movie Geeks…

Michelle McCue – Managing Editor/News Director
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Favorite Films: JAWS, Terminator, T2, Alien, Aliens, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Matrix, Planet of the Apes, The Right Stuff, 12 Monkeys, 2001, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Pulp Fiction, Gladiator, 28 Days Later, Superman (1978), Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Goodfellas, Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, Point Break.
Favorite Directors: Ridley Scott, M. Night Shyamalan, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, James Cameron, Michael Bay, J.J. Abrams, David Lean, Stanley Donen, Blake Edwards, Peter Jackson, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese.
Huge passion for film scores – I have a plethora of soundtracks. Live for the Academy Awards – my High Holy Day! Love movie trailers. I hail from Connecticut and still root for East Coast sports teams… Huge UCONN hoops, Red Sox and New England Patriots fan… In another life, I was a Newscast Director for a CBS affiliate before moving to St. Louis. Proud member of The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ)
Tom Stockman – Editor/Creative Director

My favorite decade for the movies is the 1970’s and I’m fixated on some films that I saw at the drive-in back then especially THE FARMER and THE RATS ARE COMING THE WEREWOLVES ARE HERE! My favorite actor is Charles Bronson and my favorite actress is Pam Grier. I collect original movie posters from 1950’s horror films that combine monster imagery with a strong glamor element and my favorite from my collection is the one-sheet for THE ASTOUNDING SHE MONSTER.My favorite movies are ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, TAXI DRIVER and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. I collect vintage monster toys from the 1960’s and my favorite monster is the Creature from the Black Lagoon. My favorite directors are Sergio Leone, Mario Bava and Russ Meyer. I live in St. Louis County with my wife and two daughters. I don’t have a favorite daughter. I am a Movie Geek.
Jim Batts – Contributing Writer
I’ve been mesmerized by the movie ever since my Mom took me to see GOODBYE CHARLIE (look it up, I’m that old). Soon I was walking on my own to the Capitol Theatre for their Saturday matinee. I’d run home from grade school to catch the afternoon movie on TV. The older the movie the better. I got movie toys every Christmas, from the Give-A-Show projector to a Super 8 sound camera and projector. I collected 8 MM films and subscribed to the Home Movie Library (a different book every month from Classics of the Silent Screen to Tarzan of the Movies). During college I studied animation and later worked at several film production houses. In 2009 I was finally able to put my movie knowledge to the test by appearing on TV as a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s Million Dollar Movie Week. I’ve been a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association since 2013
Favorite filmmakers, stars, and films: Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, Boris Karloff, Errol Flynn, THE WIZARD OF OZ, Looney Tunes, CASABLANCA, Hammer Studios, Sean Connery as 007, SINGING IN THE RAIN, Ray Harryhausen, the original STAR WARS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, PINOCCHIO, Alfred Hitchcock, THE IRON GIANT, ANIMAL HOUSE, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN,SPIDER-MAN 2, and the Pixar Studio.
Melissa Howland – L.A. Editor
What can I say… I’m a St. Louis girl in the city of angels. (Don’t worry! I’m still a Cardinals fan!) Now LA based, I’m always on the lookout for fun movie events. I spend the majority of my time wearing out my Blu-ray player, watching both awesome and awesomely bad movies. Cheese and bad acting are some of my favorite qualities in a flick.I might be snarky, and a bit loud-mouthed… but at least I keep things fun! Oh, and I’m a Pisces that enjoys long walks on the beach, horror films and yard gnomes!  Facebook HERE. Twitter: @WRATHOFHEARTS
Favorite Movies: A Nightmare on Elm Street series, Reform School Girls, Labyrinth, The Crow, Beetlejuice, Feast, Fright Night, The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Back To The Future, Star Wars, almost anything Tim Burton (We don’t talk about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Dead Poets Society, Amelie, etc… I’m a sucker for a cheesy storyline, but I love a good slashing!
Travis Keune – Contributing Writer
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Why do I love movies? I was a sheltered child. I rebelled against my parents by forging my mother’s approval to rent my own R-rated movies from the local mom & pop video store. I miss those days. I thrived on TNT Network’s MonsterVision and USA Network’s Up All Night. Joe Bob Briggs was my hero and I had a crush on Elvira. I was on a mission to see every B-movie action flick and horror film available on VHS at the time. In high school, I devoted most of my educational focus to the visual arts and then found my passion for the filmmaking process during my senior year in high school. I went on to college, studied filmmaking and film history, then went to work outside of my devoted fields to pay off my student loans. Ever since then, I have been obsessed with watching, writing about, and studying motion pictures, film history and movie culture.
Favorite Filmakers: Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola, Terry Gilliam, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, Errol Morris, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Nicolas Winding Refn, Lynne Ramsey, Rion Johnson, Miranda July, Ben Wheatley
Michael Haffner – Contributing Writer
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Somewhere between growing up on a steady diet of Saturday morning trips to the local comic-book shop and frequent viewings of Ray Harryhausen and Hammer Horror films, an awkward teenager emerged that was torn between journalism and the arts. In high school, Michael found himself writing a movie column for the school newspaper. Yet he went on to get a BFA in Studio Art at Webster University. The battle between these two worlds still rages on as he has not entirely embraced the call to be a poor film blogger just yet. Personal projects such as short films and screenwriting still occupy just as much of his time. When not writing about films or creating new ones, you can still find him discussing classic horror, collecting action figures, and reading Batman comics. Clearly, not much has changed.
Favorite Movies (alphabetical order): 8 ½, AKIRA, ALMOST FAMOUS, BRAZIL, BAND OF OUTSIDERS, BLACK SUNDAY (1960), BLADE RUNNER, BLUE VELVET, CARNIVAL OF SOULS, CINEMA PARADISO, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, DARK CITY, DONNIE DARKO, ERASERHEAD, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, KING KONG (1933), LE SAMOURAI, LOST IN TRANSLATION, STAR WARS, SUSPIRIA, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974), THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, THE THING (1982), THE THIRD MAN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, VIDEODROME, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER