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

    "Fight Club"

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

    "Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em"

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

    "Unreal Estate"

2002 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • Fishing for Compliments

    published December 25, 2002

    Here's a tricky little movie to review, because it's going to divide audiences fairly drastically. Conservatives, especially black ones such as... More >>

  • That's Better

    published December 4, 2002

    Robert De Niro always did love an acting challenge, but lately those challenges have been less along the lines of "Can I convincingly play a... More >>

  • Ocean's Ill Heaven

    published November 27, 2002

    The smart sci-fi fan knows that, technically speaking, Steven Soderbergh's Solaris is not a remake of Andrei Tarkovsky's film at all... More >>

  • Declaration of Independents

    published November 13, 2002

    A complete schedule of events, along with short synopses of films, is provided in the SLIFF pullout section of this paper. For more RFT... More >>

  • Fatale Detraction

    published November 6, 2002

    It's possibly more ironic than Brian De Palma realizes that his latest movie, Femme Fatale, features a down-on-her-luck mother who... More >>

  • Columbine Harvester

    published October 23, 2002

    If you're a fan of the baseball-cap-wearin', Nader-votin', muckrakin', best-sellin', corporation-confrontin' son of a gun known as Michael Moore,... More >>

  • Alice Unchained

    published October 9, 2002

    I might as well just come out and say it: Spirited Away is the best movie I've seen all year. Though it would be a masterpiece in... More >>

  • Cut-Rate

    published September 11, 2002

    For those with any kind of pop-cultural memory, it's more than a little surprising to see Ice Cube in a movie such as Barbershop.... More >>

  • Bobby Love

    published September 4, 2002

    Like Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro is one of those guys who can make just about any material inherently enjoyable. Also like Clint, he will... More >>

  • Photo Opportunity

    published August 28, 2002

    When Robin Williams was America's favorite funnyman in films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, it always felt a little strange admitting that the guy... More >>

  • Steppin' Out

    published July 24, 2002

    The advent of digital filmmaking has been essentially a good thing, allowing cameras to go places their larger, celluloid-spooling cousins cannot;... More >>

  • Unholy Communion

    published June 19, 2002

    If it's possible for a film to be simultaneously ambitious and banal, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is it. There's little here... More >>

  • Pee Wee Herman

    published June 12, 2002

    There are a number of possible allegorical interpretations to Herman Melville's short story "Bartleby the Scrivener," in which a meek legal... More >>

  • Shadows of the Empire

    published May 15, 2002

    Three years have passed since The Phantom Menace thrilled some and infuriated others, yet the schism in the Church of Lucas remains.... More >>

  • Reel Guilty

    published April 3, 2002

    Joseph Finder's 1998 novel High Crimes reads like a movie, and a derivative one at that, borrowing scenes and elements from the likes of... More >>

  • Arabian Nightmare

    published March 6, 2002

    It would be easy, and tempting, to hail Kandahar as a masterpiece without even seeing it: It's a foreign film, it takes on social... More >>

  • Cheaters Never Win

    published January 30, 2002

    Dim, youth-oriented sex comedies such as Slackers often slip into theaters under cover of darkness, far away from the reviewing... More >>

  • Hell and Back

    published January 16, 2002

    Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, based on reporter Mark Bowden's factual account of a 1993 U.S. Army operation gone dreadfully awry... More >>

  • Bad Dogs

    published January 16, 2002

    In 1994, Gary Paulsen published the book Winterdance, a gripping account of his participation in the Iditarod, a grueling 1,180-mile... More >>

  • Shut Up and Watch!

    published January 2, 2002

    Luke Y. Thompson When people say it's been a bad year for movies, what they often mean is "Of the big, hyped studio movies that... More >>

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