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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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  • With Love and Squalor

    published December 7, 2000

    Be not deceived by the Merchant Ivory name attached to Ratcatcher; those in search of repressed emotions among the corseted... More >>

  • We'll All Cry Boo-Hoo

    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 elaborate, ... More >>

  • Witch Way Did It Go?

    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 >>

  • The Malcolm X Files

    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 >>

  • Alice in Wonderland

    published September 21, 2000

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

  • Chewing the Fat

    published August 31, 2000

    Amanda Peet has some really large teeth. Seriously. Even given the fact that it's in vogue for hot, young would-be sex symbols to parade their... More >>

  • Pep Rally

    published August 31, 2000

    Only the United States could have invented the concept of cheerleading. It takes a unique combination of repressed sex drive and denial to come up... More >>

  • Makeup Remover

    published August 10, 2000

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

  • Watering Down the Drinks

    published August 10, 2000

    Okay, so there are these beautiful ladies in tight clothes, right? And -- get this -- they serve alcohol while dancing suggestively! Sound cool?... More >>

  • Look Who's Losin' It

    published July 27, 2000

    Only in the movies could a kid who looks and acts like Jason Biggs be called a loser. Let's see: charming conversationalist, big smile, washboard... More >>

  • Living in a Scream

    published July 13, 2000

    Is there a more bankrupt genre than the parody movie? So many flicks nowadays are so painfully self-aware and referential anyway that there often... More >>

  • Heigh Ho, It's Off to Work They Go

    published July 13, 2000

    Call it the second-oldest profession in the world. It's certainly one of the most quintessentially American: Few professions combine sex,... More >>

  • What So Proudly We Hail

    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 of... More >>

  • Toons with 'Tude

    published June 15, 2000

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

  • Rave On

    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 >>

  • Prehistoric Rock

    published April 27, 2000

    When the previews for The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas debuted, one imagines that the same thought entered everyone's mind: A... More >>

  • Okie Glamour

    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 >>

  • Boot Camp

    published April 20, 2000

    Why aren't there more submarine movies? It seems like a no-brainer formula for success: claustrophobic setting, invisible enemy whose approach... More >>

  • Drug Rehab: The Comedy

    published April 13, 2000

    Rehab, sweet rehab: It's the last resort of the alcoholic, the drug addict and the would-be suicide. Free room and board, lots of tender loving... More >>

  • Prepare for Landing

    published March 23, 2000

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

  • That Wascally Fate

    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 Greek myths... More >>

  • Return to Sender

    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 >>

  • Scotch on the Rocks

    published March 9, 2000

    You've got to feel sorry for the Scottish Board of Tourism. First the Loch Ness monster is exposed as a fake, then the nation's film industry... More >>

  • Dog Breath

    published March 2, 2000

    Willie Morris's autobiographical novel, My Dog Skip, is a nearly perfect piece of bedtime reading for kids and their parents. Each chapter... More >>

  • Browne Sugar

    published March 2, 2000

    If you think the prevailing attitude toward sex in the United States is somewhat backward, consider Ireland of the late 1960s, as depicted in... More >>

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