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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
  • 'Eragon'

    published December 12, 2006

    In a time of darkness, under the evil reign of John Malkovich—who sits upon a throne in a different soundstage from all the other cast... More >>

  • 'Unaccompanied Minors'

    published November 28, 2006

    Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig certainly knows how to cast talented young actors, but in this instance, he doesn't seem to have any... More >>

  • 'National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj'

    published November 28, 2006

    It isn't as if the first Van Wilder set any kind of high standard for comedy to begin with, but the National Lampoon folks don't care.... More >>

  • 'Let's Go to Prison'

    published November 14, 2006

    One doesn't feel too optimistic about a film that titteringly names its protagonist Lyshitski, especially when all the trailers would have you... More >>

  • 'The Return'

    published November 7, 2006

    The Return gets this year's award for most misleading poster, with its empty-eyed, gray-skinned zombie/ghost that appears nowhere in the... More >>

  • Tone-Deaf

    published October 31, 2006

    Ed Harris as Beethoven? A strange casting choice, especially if you recall how Gary Oldman embodied the maestro in Immortal Beloved. But as... More >>

  • 'The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause'

    published October 31, 2006

    It's Santa Claus (Tim Allen) versus Jack Frost (Martin Short): Who's gonna win? Santa vanquished a fascistic robot doppelgänger in part... More >>

  • 'Shottas'

    published October 24, 2006

    Writer-director Cess Silvera claims he's trying to "show the gritty life of Jamaican immigrants," but Shottas is no more a social-issue... More >>

  • Radical Chick

    published October 17, 2006

    When a red-blooded, macho, flag-waving, Bush-voting American country music fan looks at a gorgeous blonde who also happens to make his kind of... More >>

  • 'Cocaine Cowboys'

    published October 17, 2006

    Recounting the true events that inspired Miami Vice and De Palma's Scarface, Billy Corben's documentary one-ups the recent... More >>

  • 'Conversations With God'

    published October 17, 2006

    Author Neale Donald Walsch claims to have literally taken dictation from God in answer to some of his own questions, and the New Age–y books... More >>

  • 'DOA: Dead or Alive'

    published October 10, 2006

    It's the time of year when most critics devote all their time to Important Cinema about war hurting people, or English people being uptight and it... More >>

  • 'The Marine'

    published October 10, 2006

    WWE champion John Cena plays a marine so elite he can uncover Al Qaeda fortresses in Iraq, but as those who've seen him beat up Vince McMahon... More >>

  • 'Employee of the Month'

    published October 3, 2006

    Following an amusing supporting turn in the minimum-wage comedy Waiting, Dane Cook takes the lead in this similarly silly cinematic... More >>

  • 'Nearing Grace'

    published October 3, 2006

    That title's bad enough, but it gets worse when you realize that it's derived from two lead characters actually named Grace (Jordana Brewster) and... More >>

  • 'Driving Lessons'

    published October 3, 2006

    Helping out scary or crazy-looking old people as a means to come into one's own as an adult is a time-honored literary and cinematic conceit. In... More >>

  • 'Jet Li's Fearless'

    published September 12, 2006

    Jet Li's "final martial arts epic" ought to be a treat for Hong Kong fans, and it is . . . for about half an hour. But when a nonsanctioned fight... More >>

  • 'Material Girls'

    published August 22, 2006

    The immensely false assumption at the heart of this slapdash Hilary and Haylie Duff vehicle is that anyone would care if a couple of vapid,... More >>

  • 'The Trouble With Men and Women'

    published August 1, 2006

    It's a boring title, and the premise is far from fascinating—lovelorn Matt (Joseph McFadden) is abandoned by his girlfriend and searches... More >>

  • 'America: Freedom to Fascism'

    published July 18, 2006

    It's a little disingenuous for filmmaker Aaron Russo to pose as just an uninformed individual trying to uncover the "truth" about the IRS in this... More >>

  • 'Monster House'

    published July 11, 2006

    Three kids are intimidated by a creepy old man named Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi, animated in such a way that one can easily imagine how well he... More >>

  • 'Mini's First Time'

    published July 4, 2006

    Remember when the presence of Alec Baldwin and Jeff Goldblum was a decent guarantee of a pretty good movie? It's been a while. Here, they both... More >>

  • ' The Oh in Ohio'

    published July 4, 2006

    Priscilla (Parker Posey) has never had an orgasm, and even though her high school teacher hubby Jack (Paul Rudd) admits she's great in the sack,... More >>

  • 'Peaceful Warrior'

    published July 4, 2006

    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, beautiful... More >>

  • 'Loverboy'

    published June 6, 2006

    In his big-screen directorial debut, Kevin Bacon gleefully flaunts wife Kyra Sedgwick's naked body for all to envy, in what initially plays as a... More >>

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