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Awards

  • 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"

2002 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

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

    published December 26, 2002

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

  • Beat It

    published December 12, 2002

    Like the similar, funnier Bring It On, Drumline is intent on proving that marching band participants are genuine athletes. Fair... More >>

  • That's Better

    published December 5, 2002

    Robert De Niro loves an acting challenge, but lately those tests have been less along the lines of, "Can I convincingly play a boxer?" and more... More >>

  • Love Hurts

    published December 5, 2002

    Here's an original idea for a movie: a low-budget, digital video look at the search for love in New York City, in which person A wants to connect... More >>

  • Half-full Frontal

    published November 28, 2002

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

  • After Schlock

    published November 21, 2002

    The advantage to making a Christmas movie is that, no matter how mediocre your final product is, it's all but guaranteed to show up on at least... More >>

  • Half Bad

    published November 14, 2002

    If the title is a Jeopardy question, then the answer might be "How does Steven Seagal come across these days?" or maybe "How will you feel... More >>

  • All Right Now

    published November 7, 2002

    The question "All right?" is asked of every character, on many occasions, throughout Mike Leigh's latest film, All or Nothing. In... More >>

  • Columbine Harvester

    published October 24, 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 >>

  • The New Deal

    published October 24, 2002

    You ever notice those people? You know, the so-called "stand-up comedians"? Who are those people? What's the deal with them? And what does... More >>

  • Crawl, Cate, Crawl

    published October 17, 2002

    Give Tom Tykwer considerable credit for knowing he couldn't possibly outdo Run Lola Run, his frenetic breakthrough that made critics cheer... More >>

  • Just Not Enough

    published October 17, 2002

    Part watered-down Neil LaBute, part Seinfeld episode (especially the one in which George's fiancee licks the poison glue and dies) and part... More >>

  • Sub Scary

    published October 17, 2002

    Usually a master of creating aliens that go bump in the night, director David Twohy (Pitch Black) herein takes a turn toward ghosts and... More >>

  • Alice Unchained

    published October 3, 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 12, 2002

    For those with any kind of pop cultural memory, it's more than a little surprising to see Ice Cube in a movie like Barbershop. Not... More >>

  • Bobby Love

    published September 5, 2002

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

  • Fully Developed

    published August 29, 2002

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

  • Fear the Creeper

    published August 29, 2002

    If you're looking for a horror film to revitalize the genre, keep looking. If you're looking for a horror movie with believable characters...yes,... More >>

  • Thunderbald

    published August 8, 2002

    In case you didn't happen to read the tagline on the ubiquitous poster, Xander Cage, also known as XXX because he's tattooed his... More >>

  • Who Cares?

    published August 1, 2002

    It's not exactly a good sign when a movie starring Tim Allen, Christian Slater and Richard Dreyfuss gets dumped into one or two art-house theaters... More >>

  • Steppin' Out

    published July 25, 2002

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

  • Rockin' On

    published July 25, 2002

    A film that posits a world in which giant fake-looking anthropomorphic bears walk among us without people noticing that they look any different... More >>

  • Sunny Delight

    published July 11, 2002

    It's daunting to hear that John Sayles' new film, Sunshine State, is almost two and a half hours long and mostly consists of calm... More >>

  • Bet on Black

    published July 4, 2002

    Like a jawbreaker that changes color every few seconds you suck it, MIIB: Men in Black II delivers a quick buzz, lots of stuff to... More >>

  • Robin Hoodwinked

    published June 20, 2002

    It's easy to love Robin Tunney--she's pretty, and she can act--but it gets harder and harder to understand her choices. The Craft was a... More >>

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