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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 may be Jim... 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 clung... More >>

  • Smells Like Clean Spirit

    published December 8, 2004

    For younger viewers, it may be necessary to explain that the new movie Short Cut to Nirvana does not offer pointers on how to obtain a... More >>

  • His Will Be Done

    published December 1, 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 >>

  • Ghost in the Machinist

    published November 24, 2004

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

  • Burden of Paradise

    published October 27, 2004

    The travelogue is a little over 20 minutes long, and depicts a German community that looks idyllic. Theresienstadt, based on what we see, is a... 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 >>

  • Green Achers

    published October 27, 2004

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

  • Lost in the Male

    published October 20, 2004

    Testosterone contains what may be one of the greatest lines of movie dialogue recited this year, if not ever: "I'm a fag with a gun who... 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... More >>

  • Stop and Go

    published October 6, 2004

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

  • Indecent Disposal

    published September 22, 2004

    Here's a message for all you single, horny, hotblooded, heterosexual males out there: It's time to break out the champagne. Wait, scratch that,... 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 conflicts,... More >>

  • Mad Cow

    published September 15, 2004

    According to the press notes, the title character of Gozu is "a demon said to exist in hell. It has the head of a cow and body of human... More >>

  • Heaven Can Wait

    published September 8, 2004

    Maybe you're one of the many who went to see Hero and were blown away. The historical Chinese setting, the attention to detail, the fights... 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 >>

  • The Dead Clone

    published August 18, 2004

    It's hard, perhaps impossible, to watch a character in a movie grasp someone's hands to receive psychic visions without thinking of Christopher... More >>

  • Blindness of Strangers

    published August 4, 2004

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

  • The Dork Crystal

    published August 4, 2004

    There are moments of Kaena: The Prophecy that will blow your mind, from the opening sequence, in which we are taken through the heart of a... More >>

  • Shark Bait

    published August 4, 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 >>

  • Bizarre Love Triangle

    published July 21, 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 Farrell's... 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 >>

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