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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"

2006 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • Radical Chick

    published November 15, 2006

    When one considers a red-blooded, macho, flag-waving, Bush-voting American country music fan looking at a gorgeous blonde who also happens to make... More >>

  • Tone Deaf

    published November 8, 2006

    Ed Harris as Beethoven? The man who would be John Glenn is hardly the most instinctive choice to play the legendary composer, especially if you... More >>

  • Feckless

    published September 20, 2006

    Fans of Hong Kong cinema have been anticipating Jet Li's Fearless all year, if not longer. The star is arguably the best in the business at... More >>

  • Last Resort

    published August 30, 2006

    Granted, this may seem like a jarringly odd comparison, but like the recent dud Phat Girlz, Heading South deals with the hot-button... More >>

  • Split Tease

    published August 9, 2006

    Helena Bonham Carter is barely 40, and Aaron Eckhart still a couple of years shy, but already they're old enough that, in Conversations With... More >>

  • Show Me the Mommy

    published July 26, 2006

    Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels makes his directorial debut with Shadowboxer, and it couldn't be clearer that he's trying to... More >>

  • Unreal Estate

    published July 19, 2006

    In the latest extravaganza from executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, millions of dollars and long hours in the digital... More >>

  • Cleveland's Rocks

    published July 12, 2006

    So you know how Parker Posey nearly always plays sarcastic, uptight smokers? In The Oh in Ohio, she finally stretches a bit: Here, she's a... More >>

  • Get Inside!

    published June 28, 2006

    Summer is the season of high expectations and profound disappointments. That suntan looks more like sunburn, your beer stays ice-cold till the... More >>

  • Pause & Effect

    published June 21, 2006

    Click may be the first Adam Sandler movie in which the high concept isn't dependent upon the star. Sandler comedies tend to take his... More >>

  • Hell on Wheels

    published June 14, 2006

    Given that John Singleton directed the second movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise, it makes a perverse kind of sense that Justin... More >>

  • Vince Charming

    published May 31, 2006

    You know how in most romantic comedies, the best friends are nearly always more interesting than the leads we're supposed to care about? The... More >>

  • Full-Serve Philosophy

    published May 31, 2006

    UC Berkeley gymnast Dan Millman (Scott Mechlowicz) is one of the best at what he does, and he has it all: perfect abs, a big bulge in his crotch... More >>

  • Typhoon in a Teacup

    published May 31, 2006

    If John Woo's The Killer had been made by a Korean director lacking talent and a script, you'd have Typhoon. This hasn't stopped the... More >>

  • Lucky X III

    published May 24, 2006

    When kids of all ages discuss comic books and superheros, there is inevitably one question that comes up time and again: If that one guy and that... More >>

  • Palfrey Sum

    published May 17, 2006

    It seldom fails. Every year, just in time for the Oscar deadline, we'll get a movie that doesn't necessarily have a remarkable plot or director,... More >>

  • Björk to the Future

    published May 10, 2006

    There's a fine line between artistic genius and pretentious wankery, and most cinéastes will tell you that the films of Matthew... More >>

  • Last Caress

    published May 3, 2006

    Let's say you're a teenage boy dying of cancer. A well-known charity dedicated to helping people like you offers to make your fondest wish come... More >>

  • Welcome to Hooters

    published May 3, 2006

    The most important thing to know about the new movie Hoot, adapted from the children's book by Carl Hiaasen, is that it's co-produced by... More >>

  • When Stars Don't Align

    published April 19, 2006

    Americano (MTI) Before he is due to take a high-powered corporate job, college graduate Chris (Joshua Jackson) heads off... More >>

  • Charlie & the Shoe Factory

    published April 12, 2006

    If you're a regular moviegoer with a gift for remembering unusual names, chances are you've started paying attention to Chiwetel Ejiofor, the... More >>

  • Latino Heat

    published April 5, 2006

    It's difficult to tell from the image on the poster for Take the Lead, but that's not star Antonio Banderas dancing in blue silhouette. In... More >>

  • Now You See Them

    published March 22, 2006

    Breasts: A Documentary (First Run) Honest, compassionate, and funny, this documentary is remarkable for the bravery of its... More >>

  • See Also: Vexing

    published March 15, 2006

    The posters for V for Vendetta read "An uncompromising vision of the future from the creators of The Matrix trilogy."... More >>

  • Rug Rat

    published March 15, 2006

    So wait. It's a movie about the longest criminal trial in U.S. history, it's directed by the legendary Sidney Lumet, and it stars ... Vin Diesel... More >>

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