Luke Y. Thompson

Luke Y. Thompson
Tomatometer-approved critic
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.
Location: Hollywood, CA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% Judy (2019) Judy isn't likely to win much of anything else, but Renee Zellweger's lead performance is Hollywood catnip. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
50% 3 from Hell (2019) For fans of Zombie's characters, there's enough here to tide one over. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
85% Downton Abbey (2019) This has the double function of drawing knowing laughs from fans who know the characters, and using familiar enough tropes for noobs to keep things light and easy to follow. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Come for the creatures and scares, stay for the insights on how to let go of your secret shames. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
67% The Banana Splits (2019) ..until we get an actual Five Nights [at Freddy's] movie (if we ever do), this does deliver in that unique niche of furry animal animatronics gone scary. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) You might just say they did it. Hooray. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) ...the third act is the best in part because the threats are now unleashed, and the device of stories within the story can be put aside in favor of more direct actions. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
88% Batman: Hush (2019) If you preferred the mystery aspect of the comics, you might disagree, but the changes that bolster Bruce Wayne's romantic issues are maybe the best in any Bat-movie since Batman Returns. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
100% American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel (2019) All the usual theological arguments for a loving rather than discriminatory faith are here - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
2.5/4 59% Ophelia (2019) If Ridley's goal was to showcase her acting ability, mission accomplished. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The final product understands that the journey is the story, and the impossible dream its eternal motivator. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Fighting With My Family is both an inspirational tale of following one's dreams, and a conveniently timed piece of WWE PR to hype the women's division as something they take seriously now. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
63% St. Agatha (2019) Bousman has presented us with horror and hope, through a feminist lens that might just add some enlightenment on the side. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
92% Bumblebee (2018) It's a movie more Iron Giant than Armageddon, though unlike the Vin Diesel-voiced Brad Bird creation, no Autobot will be able to insist they're "not a gun" forever - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
72% Indivisible (2018) ...despite my misgivings about its conclusions, it's a step up from many similar films - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
No Score Yet Snake Outta Compton (2018) The cast is made up almost entirely of unknowns, with Big Ass Spider director Mike Mendez the most famous face, but they give it their all, delivering ridiculous lines with absolute conviction. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/5 88% The Final Wish (2019) It's nothing fancy, but it does the premise far better than most of its predecessors. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
2/5 67% Welcome to Mercy (2018) When the movie works, it works. But that's maybe half the time. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
60% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) If you're not an avid right-wing media consumer, however, there's very little here to make this average effort extra-special. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
3/5 63% Head Count (2019) ...there's enough good here to make the less-good aspects forgivable: you root for Evan and Zoe to be a couple who last, and outlast. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
4.5/5 100% The Dead Center (2019) You may come out of The Dead Center rooting for a sequel. I'm just rooting for whatever Senese's next movie is, even (especially?) if it keeps me awake at nights. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
2.5/5 73% Ghost Light (2019) ...while the movie has many enjoyable moments, they ultimately don't cohere as well as they should. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) I may not be crazy about the filmmaking itself, but I'd happily spend more time with Black and Blanchett flinging insults. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ironically, director Gary Ross' impersonation of the Soderbergh style is more Soderbergh than the man himself was able to be on the first one - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
55% Tag (2018) ...if we take the theme as metaphor, its ultimate message is that competition works better when there are more players and new ideas. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
68% Final Score (2018) For a monstrously huge muscle man, Bautista sells his own mortality like his paycheck depends on it - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) But it's also genuinely horrific in a way that so many supposed horror films are not. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
24% The Happytime Murders (2018) ...like a Shane Black buddy-cop movie that just happens to have puppets in it. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
No Score Yet Affairs of State (2018) If the movie were self-aware enough to understand its true nature as glorious direct-to-video junk, it would look a whole lot less pretty, but its lurid cheap thrills would be more thrilling and lurid. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
38% Transporter 3 (2008) ...fares far better as "Jason Statham's series finale" than it did as "another sequel not as good as the last one." - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) But sometimes just making you laugh is enough, and making you laugh while validating body and sex-positivity for all is no small thing. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
92% The Death of Superman (2018) It would be easy and cheap to say this is the best Superman movie in years; as a fan of the Zack Snyder movies, I can't and won't do that. But I will say it is probably the truest to Superman in years. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
86% Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) (1960) That it's shot like a fairytale forest showcases the glory of God's creations, which are of course marred by the hideousness of men's hearts. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
No Score Yet Lego DC Super Heroes: Aquaman Rage of Atlantis (2018) ...could be well worth it if you really want to add a female POC Green Lantern to your own mini Justice League. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Dark Crimes (2018) Unfortunately, when you're dealing with Carrey doing a fake Polish accent and NOT trying to be funny, this is something of a mission impossible. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
84% Deadpool 2 (2018) It becomes, as promised early on, a (dysfunctional) family movie about pushing yourself and others out of emotional ruts, and not making friendship conditional. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Comparisons to Taxi Driver strike me as overly simplistic, though comparisons to John Hinckley Jr.'s reaction to same are less off-base. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
20% The Escape of Prisoner 614 (2018) More of an absurdist comedy than an uproarious one, this mostly works because McDorman and Starr play things completely seriously. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
13% China Salesman (2018) And somehow Seagal is the best actor in it, which I mean in exactly the way you think I do. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
62% Every Day (2018) ...it deserves another look from anyone even vaguely interested in teen romance with a supernatural twist. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) If this comprehensive look at his worldview encourages even one person who sees it to become "more neighborly" in the divine sense, it will have been worthwhile. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
5% 211 (2018) I can't begrudge you waiting until 211 shows up on a Blu-ray at Walmart that also contains ten other Cage movies...But I can tell you that when it does, you shouldn't skip over this one. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) ...if you want to see William Gibson's Death Wish--and apparently I do--click "I Agree" to Upgrade. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
13% Action Point (2018) As much as I like these guys when they're unleashed, I wanted to walk out before this one was done: not because they horrified me, but because they bored me. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
70% Adrift (2018) If it isn't quite the cinematic tour-de-force you'd hope (spoiler: it isn't) it nonetheless effectively serves as a reel for every kind of part Woodley is likely to be up for in the future. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
53% Bad Samaritan (2018) For a first attempt at this kind of material, it evinces solid potential that just needs a lesson in pacing. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
40% Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018) If you catch it on cable, you won't be missing much. But you should have at least a little bit of fun. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
29% Traffik (2018) ...there's a nifty, nasty little grindhouse pic at the heart of Traffik (it could use a new title that's more on point, like, say, Racists Ruined My Proposal!) - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
68% Come Sunday (2018) It's novel to see it come from a progressive rather than conservative perspective, just as it's refreshing to see an actor of Ejiofor's caliber rather than, say, David A.R. White. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
88% Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018) ... the most fun I've probably ever had watching a DC animated film, and a big part of that is the fact that it doesn't seem beholden to existing continuity, sequel/franchise demands, or actor vanity - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018