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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
  • Leaning Sideways

    published December 30, 2004

    Our best movies of the year actually may have been anything but the best to a few of our critics -- such is the dilemma of offering employment to... More >>

  • Sour Lemony

    published December 16, 2004

    This much can be said for the movie version of Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events: Its villain, Count Olaf, just might be Jim... More >>

  • Faker's Dozen

    published December 9, 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 >>

  • Hip to be SquarePants

    published December 2, 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 >>

  • U.S.A-holes

    published October 21, 2004

    A parody of Gerry Anderson marionette shows (like Thunderbirds and Joe 90), Jerry Bruckheimer action movies, and the `80s... More >>

  • Monster Mash

    published September 9, 2004

    Although most people in the moviegoing universe by now know the differences between an "Alien" and a "Predator," putting the two critters together... More >>

  • Blindness of Strangers

    published August 19, 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 >>

  • Bizarre Love Triangle

    published August 12, 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 >>

  • Shark Bait

    published August 5, 2004

    As a reviewer, one can be tempted to want in on the ground floor of a phenomenon, to say you were there first when some low-budget feature with a... More >>

  • Sacrificing Isaac

    published July 22, 2004

    If you're wondering how Hollywood could possibly adapt Isaac Asimov's I, Robot, a collection of similarly themed short stories bound... More >>

  • The Ransom of Redford

    published July 1, 2004

    It's one of the oldest stories in cinema and possibly in the history of storytelling: A man is kidnapped by a baddie wielding a deadly weapon. His... More >>

  • Burning Bright

    published June 24, 2004

    Everyone loves tigers, save perhaps for those actually being mauled to death by them. Men like 'em because they're wild beasts; women like 'em cuz... More >>

  • Fitting the Bill

    published June 10, 2004

    So let's get this straight: You're a much-loved comedian who just did a low-budget, multiaward-winning film with an acclaimed up-and-coming... More >>

  • Harry Goes Scary

    published June 3, 2004

    Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Screenplay by Alfonso Cuaron, based on a novel by J.K. Rowling. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint,... More >>

  • Hard-Knocked Life

    published May 27, 2004

    Those people who live in small towns, they're not like you and me. So naive, so innocent. And adorably quirky. Why, they've got so many lovable... More >>

  • Old Faithful

    published May 20, 2004

    If the summer movie season is our annual time for escapism, last summer's audiences escaped most often with the likes of Hulk,... More >>

  • Porn Again

    published April 8, 2004

    It's a measure of continual cultural desensitization that The Girl Next Door plays like a remake of 1983's Risky Business, yet very... More >>

  • A Tall Order

    published April 1, 2004

    Before Star Wars and Indiana Jones, audiences thrilled to an epic big-screen trilogy of a different sort: the tale of one righteous lawman... More >>

  • Caine Unable

    published March 18, 2004

    Michael Caine is a revelation!" declares the Jeffrey Lyons quote appearing on ads for The Statement. Lyons is right, but not in the way... More >>

  • Adam 'n' Heave

    published February 19, 2004

    With 50 First Dates it seems as though Adam Sandler is trying to compile a greatest-hits film, cobbling together the stuff that worked in... More >>

  • Painting by Numbers

    published January 29, 2004

    So, have you ever wondered what exactly goes into the painting of a portrait? You might have suspected there might be more to it than a painter... More >>

  • A Year That Trembled

    published January 8, 2004

    Back in January of 2003, New Line Cinema released Final Destination 2, a horror movie in which the antagonist was the unseen hand of death... More >>

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