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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"

2000 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

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  • Sneakin' a Peek

    published December 14, 2000

    There tend to be two poles when it comes to making semiautobiographical movies about one's childhood, and both are designed to make the viewer... More >>

  • Green Dregs and Ham

    published November 16, 2000

    There once was a man, and he called himself Seuss, Who wrote the best children's books ever produced. With drawings... More >>

  • Witch Is Which?

    published October 26, 2000

    Although it must have been a no-brainer to make a sequel to The Blair Witch Project, it was hard to imagine an intelligent follow-up to a... More >>

  • House of Race Cards

    published October 26, 2000

    Italian-Americans might be glad to note that Two Family House, which focuses on the Italian community on Staten Island, features not... More >>

  • The Negro Problem

    published October 19, 2000

    Let's be honest: As much as people may complain about Spike Lee's public pontifications on race, or his controversial stances, or his being a... More >>

  • Substance Over Style

    published September 14, 2000

    At the age of 10, young Martin (Jeremy Kreikenmayer) is forced by his single mother to finally meet the father he had avioded seeing every year.... More >>

  • Only Human

    published September 14, 2000

    There's plenty of campaign rhetoric about working families, but who ever talks about one of the biggest problems of the working man today--massive... More >>

  • An Affair to Remember

    published August 31, 2000

    Try to resist the urge to yell "Focus!" during the first five minutes or so of An Affair of Love. It's been a while since a director has actively... More >>

  • Jaws: The Revenge

    published August 31, 2000

    Amanda Peet has extraordinarily large teeth; you're surprised she can close her mouth. It may be in vogue for hot, young, would-be sex symbols to... More >>

  • Tears of a Clown

    published August 17, 2000

    In a perfect world, any documentary about televangelists narrated by RuPaul and a couple of sock puppets would be hailed as the conceptual... More >>

  • Fight Club lite

    published July 27, 2000

    It's a premise that's bound to succeed. A young man living on the edge is trying to pull it all together while frequenting 12-step programs and... More >>

  • The sick sense

    published July 6, 2000

    Is there a more bankrupt genre than the parody movie? Many movies nowadays are so painfully self-aware and referential that there often isn't much... More >>

  • Saving Private Mel

    published June 29, 2000

    Despite what many believe, it doesn't come down to explosions, star power, or millions of greenbacks thrown at the producers. The true indicator... More >>

  • Crash of the Titan

    published June 15, 2000

    It's the year 3028, and an endangered species! (Haven't we heard that somewhere before, like last month?) But this time around,... More >>

  • Yo Momma

    published June 8, 2000

    Could there be any less appealing image than that of an obese, dress-wearing Martin Lawrence scratching his ass, as featured on the poster for... More >>

  • Misery loves company

    published June 1, 2000

    It's hard to imagine a more relentlessly somber basis for a movie than Jane Hamilton's 1994 novel, A Map of the World. In it, Alice Goodwin... More >>

  • Green light

    published May 11, 2000

    Given that most film studios have multimillion-dollar marketing budgets with which to target 18- to 25-year-olds, it's astonishing how little they... More >>

  • Natalie good

    published April 27, 2000

    You're just going to have to accept that Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd are far too glamorous for the roles they inhabit in Where the Heart... More >>

  • Re-boot

    published April 20, 2000

    There should be more submarine movies. They provide a no-brainer formula for success: claustrophobic setting, invisible enemy whose approach must... More >>

  • Detox for dummies

    published April 13, 2000

    Rehab, sweet rehab. Last resort of the alcoholic, the drug addict, and the would-be suicide. Free room and board, lots of tender loving care, and... More >>

  • Lightweight

    published April 6, 2000

    Film topics are cyclical, of course, and boxing movies are currently enjoying their return to the spotlight. Or maybe "enjoying" is too strong a... More >>

  • Barks like a Dogme

    published March 30, 2000

    What is it with filmmakers and mental retardation? It seems as though use of the differently abled as a central theme ranks second only to... More >>

  • Jet set

    published March 23, 2000

    Is America ready for the Hong Kong action style? Certainly there are many fans of the more balletic, guns-and-martial-arts, fly-through-the-air... More >>

  • Fantasy Ireland

    published March 16, 2000

    Hollywood may be crass when it comes to cloning success, but it's not alone. Take the British Isles, for instance, ever since the success of a... More >>

  • Crash landing

    published March 16, 2000

    What if fate has something horrific in store for you, and you can't escape it? It's an idea that has been around for a long time, from Oedipus... More >>

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