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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"

2005 Stories by Luke Y. Thompson

Archives: 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • The Impossible Bomb

    published December 22, 2005

    Serenity (Universal) Joss Whedon's film version of his TV series Firefly came and went like a lightning bug in October;... More >>

  • Fellowship of The Ringer

    published December 22, 2005

    It's impossible to talk about The Ringer, a comedy about someone pretending to be retarded in order to rig the Special Olympics,... More >>

  • Yuletide Fear

    published December 22, 2005

    The notion that Wolf Creek is opening nationwide on Christmas Day brings to mind the scene from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before... More >>

  • Love the Sin

    published December 15, 2005

    Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of... More >>

  • Asia Minor

    published December 15, 2005

    "Agony and beauty for us live side by side," laments Mameha (Michelle Yeoh), the most successful geisha in Gion. You'll know how she feels:... More >>

  • Sweat Along with Russell

    published December 8, 2005

    Cinderella Man (Universal) Back in the Great Depression, boxing matches only cost a nickel, and the ring was uphill both ways.... More >>

  • Lion in Winter

    published December 8, 2005

    If you're a fan of C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, all you need to know is this: Disney has done right by The Chronicles of Narnia:... More >>

  • Home Wreckers on DVD

    published December 1, 2005

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Fox) The pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both in real life and on celluloid, is so obvious as to... More >>

  • Torah! Torah! Torah!

    published December 1, 2005

    You'd think that anyone possessed of the notion that "the Jews" are one monolithic whole that thinks and acts alike need only take a look at, say,... More >>

  • Your Government at Work

    published November 24, 2005

    Punishment Park (New Yorker Video) This 1971 movie from director Peter Watkins could have been made yesterday, which is... More >>

  • Weighting...

    published November 24, 2005

    For those of us who dug Rob McKittrick's recent comedy Waiting…, Just Friends offers up some good news: Ryan Reynolds... More >>

  • A Very Long Run

    published November 17, 2005

    Born to Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't the classic... More >>

  • Fire Flies

    published November 17, 2005

    The part with the dragon is really cool. Might as well cut to the chase, right? It's not as though you need anybody to tell you the basic... More >>

  • Bum Rap

    published November 10, 2005

    About halfway through Get Rich or Die Tryin', the new movie starring rapper 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) and loosely based on his... More >>

  • Aboard Game

    published November 10, 2005

    Pay attention, Disney: This is how you do a family film right. Neither pandering nor dull, Zathura plays exactly like a... More >>

  • Last Laugh

    published November 10, 2005

    A common criticism of Hollywood from the right side of the political spectrum is that it hasn't made any movies that deal with the war on terror,... More >>

  • Pluck Off

    published November 3, 2005

    Chicken Little is a groundbreaking movie in more ways than one. Not only is it Disney's first in-house all-computer-generated... More >>

  • Gettin' Jiggy Again

    published October 27, 2005

    Talk about striking while the iron is hot: It's been only a year since Saw became an instant cult hit, as well as a topic of debate among... More >>

  • Requiem for a Dreamer

    published October 20, 2005

    DreamWorks is so eager to have you believe in its latest family movie that the words "inspired by a true story" are actually part of the title.... More >>

  • Keira Get Your Gun

    published October 13, 2005

    Her name is Domino Harvey, and she is a bounty hunter. If you've seen even one TV spot or theatrical trailer for Domino, you've... More >>

  • You Got Served

    published October 6, 2005

    All the publicity for Waiting... has focused on the scene in which an annoying customer at the fictional chain restaurant... More >>

  • Retro Fits

    published September 22, 2005

    It would take a critic more churlish than this one to sneer and bare chickenlike talons at Roll Bounce, a formulaic crowd-pleaser... More >>

  • Death Warmed Over

    published September 15, 2005

    If you're a character in a movie, and the rain is coming down so heavily that you cannot see out of your car's windshield, for the love of God,... More >>

  • Senior Moment

    published September 15, 2005

    If The Memory of a Killer were not mostly in Flemish, it would be easily mistaken for a Hollywood movie. The story of a hit man with... More >>

  • Store Wars

    published September 8, 2005

    When one goes to see a movie titled El Crimen Perfecto (literal translation: The Perfect Crime), it might seem unlikely that... More >>

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