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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
  • Victor, Mature

    published December 11, 2003

    To get the obvious out of the way first: Something's Gotta Give is a film designed to appeal to older women, and it very likely... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Living Dead Girl

    published November 20, 2003

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

  • Hail to the King, Baby

    published October 30, 2003

    In the beginning, there was The Evil Dead, and Stephen King looked down upon it and saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let there be... 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

    Watching Hollywood's endless stream of John Grisham adaptations--The Firm, The Chamber, A Time to Kill, etc. --it would be... More >>

  • Treasure Hunt

    published October 9, 2003

    Whatever you think Demonlover is, chances are it ain't. The title conjures up Frazetta/Bisley-like images of muscular monsters... More >>

  • Grande Madame

    published September 25, 2003

    It's no given that audiences will embrace a passionately homosexual, drug-abusing male prostitute-cum-drag-queen, especially if he happens not to... More >>

  • Damn Good Yankee

    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 >>

  • Behind the Grind

    published September 4, 2003

    Before he even had any kind of legacy, Mark "Gator" Rogowski was imagining, in on-camera interviews, what it might someday be. "When fear is... 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 >>

  • Bad Boys of Dumber

    published July 17, 2003

    There's something to be said for a movie that's honest enough to transcribe dialogue from the director's mouth and incorporate it into the script.... 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 >>

  • Eye! Caramba!

    published June 26, 2003

    There is one truly striking shock in the new made-in-Hong-Kong-by-Thai-directors horror flick The Eye, but unfortunately, directors... 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, et al.), Ron Shelton... More >>

  • Bemoaning Mahowny

    published June 12, 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... More >>

  • Sea of Hate

    published June 5, 2003

    If we can glean any trend so far in the feature films of Icelandic actor-turned-director Baltasar Kormákur, it would be his ability to... More >>

  • Speakin' Spell

    published May 29, 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 >>

  • Shape Shifter

    published May 8, 2003

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

  • Sexual Healing

    published March 27, 2003

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

  • Phat Chance

    published March 6, 2003

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

  • Will Power

    published February 20, 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 >>

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