Luke Y. Thompson

Luke Y. Thompson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Biography:
First published at the age of 10 when one of his poems was printed in a children's book in Ireland, Luke Y. Thompson had been an unofficial film critic for friends and family for many years before writing for the zines AteBall and his own KnifEdge, the latter of which caught the attention of the editors at the Los Angeles New Times, who were looking for a fresh perspective. Initially syndicated throughout all the New Times publications, his audience expanded with the merger of New Times and Village Voice, causing a few New York readers to get slightly upset. LYT has a degree in film production from USC, an L.A. Press Club Award for work done at the old New Times Los Angeles, and an honorable mention award for his online blog. But what he really wants to do is direct. And act (his most notable credit thus far was in Gregory Hatanaka's MAD COWGIRL, which he also assistant-directed). And rule the world. Luke is a shameless self promoter, as anyone who's seen his website, lytrules.com, can attest, especially if they bought one of his T-shirts (or rather, LYT-shirts) while there.
Favorites:
2001 (and all things Kubrick), Wings (1922), Flash Gordon (1980), Citizen Kane, Eraserhead, Beetlejuice, Robocop, Gone With the Wind, Carnival of Souls, Lost Highway, The Empire Strikes Back (NON special edition only), The Crow, Fight Club, Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam, The Room.
Publications:
Anchorage Press , Dallas Observer , E! Online , Geekweek , Houston Press , L.A. Weekly , Los Angeles CityBeat , LYTRules.com , Nerdist , New Times , OC Weekly , Topless Robot , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1800
Total QuickRatings:
439
Location:
Hollywood, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 1800
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
92% Skyfall (2012) " ...just as Marc Forster went off the rails in Quantum of Solace during that silly horse-race juxtaposition, so too does Mendes go overboard with the deconstruction/dysfunction. " — Nerdist
Posted Nov 12, 2012
80% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " ...not only packs a punch but made me actively want to punch the movie's most despicable character" — Nerdist
Posted Nov 9, 2012
82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " ...an epic, but an emotional one - a journey of two broken people to become all of which they are truly capable after braving intense trials and navigating tough terrain... of the soul, not some alien planet." — Nerdist
Posted Nov 9, 2012
91% Holy Motors (2012) " The audience member never wonders what is happening, though we may often wonder why, or under what laws this reality operates." — Nerdist
Posted Oct 30, 2012
93% Room 237 (2013) " ...a fascinating glimpse into one-track nit-pickery, at least as entertaining as the whole "Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln, Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy" spiel." — Nerdist
Posted Oct 30, 2012
68% Wrong (2013) " I'm a sucker for humor of the weird and it hit me just right - but it also feels like Dupieux may be painting himself into a corner if he doesn't try something drastically different next time." — Nerdist
Posted Oct 30, 2012
83% Vampira And Me (2013) " It will tell you a lot about Vampira from one point of view, and it is a nice tribute in that regard. But it is not a thorough journalistic study, and disappoints if one expects that." — Nerdist
Posted Oct 26, 2012
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " In a sense, then, Cloud Atlas isn't just commenting on life, but perhaps even more so on cinema itself as a whole, much as Holy Motors did by having its central player embody multiple roles in different genres of real life." — Nerdist
Posted Oct 25, 2012
94% The Sessions (2012) " The bottom line here is that yes, a movie about a physically disabled man makes for one of the sexiest date nights of the year. Unless you're allergic to over-20s." — Nerdist
Posted Oct 19, 2012
83% Fat Kid Rules the World (2012) " [Billy] Campbell's performance is one of the finest of the year, and probably won't be duly recognized" — Nerdist
Posted Oct 14, 2012
93% Looper (2012) " Awards talk is way premature. But giving a solid, mostly original genre entry its due praise is not." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 28, 2012
—— The Warped Forest " This may sound like weirdness for weirdness' sake, and to those who don't connect with the film, that does seem to be how it plays. But that attitude misses the deeper spiritual underpinnings" — Nerdist
Posted Sep 26, 2012
56% Vanishing Waves (2013) " Excellent production values and a standout performance by Jurga Jutaite as immovable victim and movingly vulnerable dream girl...make this one to catch" — Nerdist
Posted Sep 26, 2012
—— Lee's Adventure " Keep an eye on cowriter-codirector Frant Gwo" — Nerdist
Posted Sep 26, 2012
67% I Declare War (2013) " Worth a look, but better liked by others than me." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 26, 2012
—— Two Rabbits (2 Coelhos) " Not exactly original - think Guy Ritchie goes to the favela - but definitely a ton of fun" — Nerdist
Posted Sep 26, 2012
83% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) " ...almost seems like the result of a perverse Lars von Trier exercise: make a movie that's a tribute to a particular genre without showing any elements that are the actual hallmarks of it." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 26, 2012
65% Antiviral (2013) " Great premise for a Twilight Zone episode, but where do you take it from there? Nowhere much, unfortunately." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 26, 2012
36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " It's a midnight movie for folks with a sick sense of humor and an attention span dulled by booze. Feel free to take this review as a recommendation or a warning." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 24, 2012
51% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) " The full-speed ahead testosterone of this thing would classify it as an illegal steroid if it were distilled into injectable form." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 24, 2012
63% Sinister (2012) " It's a massive testament to the skills of director Scott Derrickson that...he takes what sounds on paper like a three year-old's dumbest idea...and then makes you regret getting the large soda, because what he has done is [wet]-your-pants scary." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 23, 2012
87% Frankenweenie (2012) " Nothing about Frankenweenie the feature is offensively stale like some of Burton's recent work - it's always fun to look at, and has its share of good lines. It's just not that exciting a thing to recommend, either." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 21, 2012
78% Dredd (2012) " Put in today's terms, he'd be the guy doing the torturing at Abu Ghraib, but if it comes down to it and Al Qaeda are trying to kill you, you might possibly maybe want him on your side, at least for a moment." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 21, 2012
85% The Master (2012) " ...the meat of this film is the nature of a relationship between two people, and you're free to go as deep, or not, into that as you wish." — Nerdist
Posted Sep 14, 2012
100% Wake in Fright (2012) " It's the sort of movie they don't make any more, and ONLY made in the '70s." — LYTRules.com
Posted Aug 31, 2012
70% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2012) " Bottom line: this movie ain't a relationship, folks. It's a one-night stand, and as such, could probably have been more concise. But you won't forget it in the morning; just the boring bits." — Nerdist
Posted Aug 30, 2012
89% Compliance (2012) " ...the intent is clearly to provoke a strong reaction. But once that is elicited, what's left? Not enough for my liking. " — Nerdist
Posted Aug 17, 2012
65% The Expendables 2 (2012) " The Expendables 2 is causing me to rethink all I know, or think I know. Because on so many levels, it is inexcusably bad, and yet... I liked it." — Nerdist
Posted Aug 13, 2012
70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " It's a mixed bag all in all, a hybrid that doesn't quite soar." — Nerdist
Posted Aug 10, 2012
64% The Campaign (2012) " The Campaign has winning laughs, lazy plot." — Nerdist
Posted Aug 10, 2012
87% ParaNorman (2012) " ParaNorman, despite some uninspired trailers, is exactly what it wants to be - a family movie that doesn't pander, pushing boundaries without being inappropriate." — Nerdist
Posted Aug 9, 2012
86% Robot & Frank (2012) " This is not just the kind of science fiction that purists always say they want - i.e., the kind with real ideas that uses technology to talk about the human condition - but it's also an emotional powerhouse" — Nerdist
Posted Jul 2, 2012
75% Dwae-ji-ui wang (The King of Pigs) " I wish it didn't falter in the last act, but it is still worth your time." — Nerdist
Posted Jul 2, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) " The promised goods are delivered within reason...and Tatum and McConaughey provide enough sexy charm for the ladies and self-satirical charm for the guys that most viewers should be entertained." — Nerdist
Posted Jul 2, 2012
77% It's a Disaster (2013) " Like its opening shot - an image of a beach where we gradually pull back to reveal an atomic bomb test - this is fun that turns destructive." — Nerdist
Posted Jun 28, 2012
56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " Replete with some funny cameos by the likes of Rob Corddry and Patton Oswalt, it nonetheless ends up casting its eye over the least interesting characters onscreen." — Nerdist
Posted Jun 28, 2012
79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " The theme here is solid...and Kazan plays every rewritten aspect nicely. But I'm sorry, movie; would you mind giving us even a token explanation of why this fictional character came to be?" — Nerdist
Posted Jun 28, 2012
78% Red Flag (2013) " ...your tolerance for Karpovsky himself, who has appeared in several Lena Dunham projects, will determine your appreciation; based on an informal survey, I find him more amusing than most." — Houston Press
Posted Jun 28, 2012
78% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) " On the one hand, its multiple postmodernist levels and medium shifts make it one of the most original movies of the year. On the other, its relative lack of substance...is frustrating and causes the film to run out of juice about halfway through." — Nerdist
Posted Jun 27, 2012
86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " The resolution between father and daughter...is wrenching and beautiful" — Nerdist
Posted Jun 27, 2012
73% Prometheus (2012) " If you were hoping for deep, dark visuals by Scott in 3D...or a goth take on 2001 and 2010 combined, this delivers. If you wanted a more James Cameron-style action movie, it doesn't." — Nerdist
Posted Jun 4, 2012
48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " ...the celluloid equivalent of a wicked queen in this equation, a soulless predator undeniably easy on the eyes that longs to be all-powerful, and can only attempt to be so by sucking the life out of everything nearby." — Nerdist
Posted Jun 1, 2012
70% Men in Black III (2012) " Proves Two out of Three Acts Ain't Bad" — Nerdist
Posted May 25, 2012
57% The Dictator (2012) " Perhaps the best analog for this dictator is someone like Eric Cartman - you'd never want to know him, but you can't stop laughing anyhow, and occasionally root for him despite your better impulses." — Nerdist
Posted May 16, 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " The term "geekgasm" does not go amiss here." — Nerdist
Posted May 1, 2012
43% American Reunion (2012) " The American Pie franchise is the only one I can think of that...actually gets better every single time. In large part this is due to it not being all that much to start with." — Nerdist
Posted Apr 6, 2012
49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " Best to approach Mirror Mirror like a waking dream. The story doesn't make much sense, but the visual cues meld into one another with the finesse of a painter blending his colors." — Nerdist
Posted Mar 30, 2012
84% The Hunger Games (2012) " ...turns out to be a pleasing mix of throwback sci-fi and modern cultural critique." — Nerdist
Posted Mar 20, 2012
78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " The good-naturedness of the humor tided me over just fine, but should you pay for a big-screen viewing? Unless you love close-ups of the streets of Baton Rouge, DVD or cable will be fine. " — Houston Press
Posted Mar 16, 2012
A- 51% John Carter (2012) " There's material here to sustain a solid franchise if the demand is there." — E! Online
Posted Mar 9, 2012
51% John Carter (2012) " John Carter is a science-fiction epic worth cheering, one where however much they spent, it all went to throw amazingly huge and awesome things onscreen in the service of a story that some are actually calling too complicated." — Nerdist
Posted Mar 9, 2012
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