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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"

2004 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • Sour Lemony

    published December 15, 2004

    This much can be said for the movie version of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Its villain, Count Olaf, just might... More >>

  • Faker's Dozen

    published December 8, 2004

    If you've already decided to see Ocean's Twelve, it's probably best not to read much about it. Unlike its predecessor, a remake that... More >>

  • Ghost in the Machinist

    published December 8, 2004

    It's the biopic of the year: Christian Bale is cadaverous industrial rocker Trent Reznor, prone to temper tantrums, brooding, inhabiting... More >>

  • His Will Be Done

    published December 8, 2004

    Hey, have you heard about that new Danish film that just came out? Distributed by Lars von Trier's Zentropa Entertainments, has the same star as... More >>

  • Green Achers

    published November 24, 2004

    Those familiar with the films of David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls) likely have one big question... More >>

  • Hip to be SquarePants

    published November 17, 2004

    At the bottom of the ocean, inside a giant pineapple, lives a yellow, oblong sponge who likes to blow bubbles, eat more ice cream than is good for... More >>

  • Well Trained

    published November 10, 2004

    Most articles written about The Polar Express have focused on its groundbreaking technology, which takes the process used to create... More >>

  • A Cut Above

    published October 27, 2004

    It takes mighty big stones to name your horror movie Saw, knowing full well that that's popular fan-slang for Tobe Hooper's Texas... More >>

  • U.S.A-holes

    published October 13, 2004

    A parody of Gerry Anderson marionette shows (like Thunderbirds and Joe 90), Jerry Bruckheimer action movies and the '80s cartoon/toy... More >>

  • Stop and Go

    published September 29, 2004

    The French flick Red Lights is being promoted as "an edge-of-your-seat thriller in the tradition of Claude Chabrol and Alfred... More >>

  • Dead Good

    published September 22, 2004

    Ash is feeling a little bit under the weather, so I'll be taking charge." So says Shaun (Simon Pegg) to his valiant crew of appliance salespeople,... More >>

  • Shell Shock

    published September 15, 2004

    If Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence were a live-action sequel, there would be a lot of gossip about star histrionics, creative... More >>

  • Constricted

    published August 25, 2004

    It should go without saying that when one goes to see a movie about giant killer snakes, the main point of the whole endeavor is to watch people... More >>

  • Blindness of Strangers

    published August 25, 2004

    It's a real credit to Intimate Strangers director Patrice Leconte that even though his film features a couple of ridiculous... More >>

  • Shark Bait

    published August 18, 2004

    As a reviewer, it can be very tempting to want in on the ground floor of a phenomenon, to say you were there first when some low-budget feature... More >>

  • Burning Japanese

    published August 11, 2004

    It begins with the roar. That unmistakable sound, like an untuned violin being scraped against a rusty saw blade. Anyone with any exposure at all... More >>

  • Bizarre Love Triangle

    published August 4, 2004

    You may have already heard the stories about A Home at the End of the World. In what many viewers have deemed a big loss, Colin... More >>

  • Duff, Dumb and Blond

    published July 14, 2004

    Nitpicking a movie aimed at young girls can come across as gratuitously cruel, but if you're neither female nor young, you should be warned that... More >>

  • Sacrificing Isaac

    published July 14, 2004

    If you're wondering how Hollywood could possibly adapt Isaac Asimov's I, Robot, a collection of similarly themed short stories bound... More >>

  • Soul Doubt

    published June 30, 2004

    America's Heart & Soul, the debut feature from commercial director Louis Schwartzberg, is being depicted in some quarters as the... More >>

  • Burning Bright

    published June 23, 2004

    Everyone loves tigers, save perhaps for those actually being mauled to death by them. Men like 'em because they're wild beasts; women like 'em... More >>

  • Tears in Heaven

    published June 23, 2004

    It's often a challenge to fairly assess a film that, by its very conception, is simply targeted to an entirely different demographic than one's... More >>

  • Fitting the Bill

    published June 9, 2004

    So let's get this straight: You're a much-loved comedian who just did a low-budget, multi-award-winning film with an acclaimed up-and-coming... More >>

  • Harry Goes Scary

    published June 2, 2004

    As much of the civilized world now knows, the latest Harry Potter director is Alfonso Cuarón, best known for the explicit... More >>

  • Summer Film Previews

    published May 26, 2004

    JUNE Around the World in 80 Days STARRING: Jackie Chan, Steve... More >>

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