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  • 2008 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published July 5, 2007

    "Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em"

  • 2008 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published April 5, 2007

    "Fight Club"

  • 2007 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published July 20, 2006

    "Unreal Estate"

2003 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • Farrelly Mediocre

    published December 11, 2003

    Remember the Farrelly brothers? Makers of Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary? Known for crossing the line of good... More >>

  • House of Fun

    published November 27, 2003

    Like the Disneyland ride upon which it's based, The Haunted Mansion opens with a spooky voice intoning, "Welcome, foolish mortals!" Scary... More >>

  • Living Dead Girl

    published November 20, 2003

    It took four years, but finally Dark Castle -- Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver's horror division that puts out a movie a year around Halloween --... More >>

  • Divided Borders

    published October 23, 2003

    Given the way the United Nations has been taking a beating in the American media over the past year or so, it may not be a bad thing that the new... More >>

  • Jury Doody

    published October 16, 2003

    Directed by. Screenplay by,. Starring. More >>

  • Pirates of the Refried Bean

    published September 11, 2003

    God bless Johnny Depp. For the second time this year, the man has almost single-handedly redeemed an action movie that would otherwise be... More >>

  • Goodness Gracious!

    published September 4, 2003

    As one who assesses creative works, you try to separate the individual artist from the output they produce. Watching Bedtime for Bonzo, you... More >>

  • Bad Asses

    published July 31, 2003

    For a few minutes, at least, things don't look so bad. Watching Ben Affleck swagger around as the thuggish title character of Gigli... More >>

  • Boys Gone Wild

    published July 17, 2003

    There's something to be said for a movie that's honest enough to transcribe dialogue that must have emanated from the director's mouth, and make... More >>

  • Speakin' Spell

    published July 10, 2003

    If you're reading this paper, chances are you're more literate than the average American. If you're reading the film reviews, it's also likely... More >>

  • Bemoaning Mahowny

    published July 3, 2003

    The first question on the minds of most potential viewers of Owning Mahowny is probably something along the lines of "What's up with that... More >>

  • Fallen Angels

    published June 26, 2003

    As the Columbia Pictures logo looms large in frame till its torch becomes the focal point, we find ourselves in what appears to be a tent full of... More >>

  • Dead to Rights

    published June 26, 2003

    It's the end of the world as we know it, and it's all PETA's fault. Oh, we humored those wacky vegan extremists when they threw paint at rich... More >>

  • Hollywood Babble-On

    published June 12, 2003

    Having seemingly exhausted all permutations of the sports comedy formula (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump, etc.), Ron Shelton has... More >>

  • Come What May

    published June 5, 2003

    May opens with a scream, and a pair of scissors rammed into an eye socket. It continues with an opening montage of rapidly descending doll... More >>

  • Think Different

    published May 15, 2003

    It's usually right about this time of year that film critics, especially those of advancing years, begin to feel a slow chill of dread creep up... More >>

  • Shape Shifter

    published May 8, 2003

    Neil LaBute is back to his old self again, and the cinematic world is a better place for it. Honestly, what was he thinking when he made... More >>

  • The Crossing Guard

    published May 8, 2003

    In last year's Showtime movie turned theatrical release The Believer, audiences were introduced to a hate-filled young skinhead who seemed... More >>

  • Sexual Healing

    published April 17, 2003

    When you see a glamorous movie star like Kate Beckinsale tying her hair back and wearing glasses, it's sure-fire shorthand that she's an uptight... More >>

  • Dud Can Dance

    published April 10, 2003

    In 1997's The Apostle, Robert Duvall took on a subject near and dear to his heart: Southern Pentecostal preachers. No one would make the... More >>

  • Phat Chance

    published March 6, 2003

    You know Internet dating's become totally mainstream when Disney cranks out a bland comedy featuring a randomly selected pair of mismatched stars... More >>

  • Be All, End All

    published February 27, 2003

    Thinking about contemporary war movies, it's hard to bring to mind one that doesn't offend some group or another. If it's a "war is hell" movie... More >>

  • Will to Power

    published February 27, 2003

    Someone's got to say it, so let's start here: We've underestimated Will Ferrell. Honestly, it wasn't that hard to do. His Saturday Night... More >>

  • Gale Farce

    published February 20, 2003

    Right-wing pundits will be coming out of the woodwork to holler about this one. Bad enough, they'll say, that The Life of David Gale... More >>

  • See No Eva

    published February 6, 2003

    Director Gary Hardwick's first film, The Brothers, was a refreshing take on the single black man romantic comedy, offering a surprisingly... More >>

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