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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
  • Little Misses

    published December 29, 2005

    Amid Hollywood's zillion-dollar explosions and computer-enhanced trickery, plenty of quieter, better films sneaked into theaters virtually... More >>

  • The Impossible Bomb

    published December 22, 2005

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

  • Yuletide Fear

    published December 22, 2005

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

  • Love the Sin

    published December 15, 2005

    Sin City (Buena Vista) Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's near frame-for-frame adaptation of Miller's bone-crunching comics finally... More >>

  • Lion in Winter

    published December 15, 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... 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. That's... More >>

  • Torah! Torah! Torah!

    published December 8, 2005

    You'd think anyone possessed of the notion that "the Jews" collectively think and act alike need only look at, say, wrestler Bill Goldberg,... More >>

  • Homewreckers 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... More >>

  • Weighting

    published December 1, 2005

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

  • A Very Long Run

    published November 17, 2005

    Born to Run: 30th Anniversary Three-Disc Set (Columbia Home Video) The centerpiece of this three-disc boxed set isn't... 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 17, 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 >>

  • Torah! Torah! Torah!

    published November 17, 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 >>

  • Private Dicks

    published November 10, 2005

    As a screenwriter, Shane Black has built a reputation on action movies featuring mismatched partners. Crazy Mel Gibson and aging Danny Glover in... 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 >>

  • Pluck Off

    published November 10, 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 >>

  • MirrorMask

    published October 27, 2005

    Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's mandate from the Jim Henson Company was to take four million dollars and create something in a similar vein to... More >>

  • Gettin'

    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 anxious 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 >>

  • Store Wars

    published September 15, 2005

    When one goes to see a movie called El Crimen Perfecto, it might seem unlikely that the title of this Spanish film has been altered... More >>

  • Art of Rebellion

    published September 8, 2005

    A rich family returns to its nice home after a vacation, but something isn't quite right. The place has been ... burgled? No, not quite. The... More >>

  • Spelunkheads

    published September 1, 2005

    Viewers of those VH1 nostalgia countdown shows are familiar with the term awesomely bad, denoting a song one hates to love because it's... More >>

  • Assault 'n' Prepper

    published September 1, 2005

    Remember Nick Cannon? For a while there he seemed to be the next big young heartthrob, right after starring in the marching-band movie... More >>

  • Grizzly Fate

    published August 25, 2005

    I always cannot understand why girls don't wanna be with me for a long time," says Timothy Treadwell, subject of the documentary Grizzly... More >>

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