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
3/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya's story may not be much, but in the end the characters make it worthwhile. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It's refreshing, however, for any part of the culture to suggest that sometimes wanting more stuff is just a destructive distraction from what's right and true. Even as it indulges our love for said stuff. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
85% Insert Coin (2020) You can't, as the saying goes, "buy that for a dollar" any more. But Insert Coin offers a glowing look back to the time when you could at least buy one blood-splattered fight for a quarter. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
No Score Yet Bleeding Audio (2020) The central conflict remains band versus changing industry - which is akin to one that film reviewers, among others, know all too well firsthand. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
94% Dinner in America (2020) You'd probably be annoyed by Simon and Patty in real life. They'd definitely be bad dinner guests. But in all likelihood, you'll emerge from the movie loving one or both. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
51% The Midnight Sky (2020) If we must deal with mortality, might as well do it in visual style. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
100% Coming Clean (2021) It feels weird to compliment a true-life story on such a dark topic for visual beauty, but it's the truth. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
100% Honey Bee (2019) To the extent that there's joy to be had in this rough story, it's in seeing world-weary Natalie effortlessly manipulate the high school's would-be bad boys who think they're hardcore - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
96% Breaking Fast (2020) ...we're not going to solve World Peace here - just household harmony, at best. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
100% Freeland (2020) It's not okay, Boomer. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
No Score Yet Thin Skin (2019) It's imbued with a deep sense of melancholy, but never forgets to laugh at the sheer inanity of some of life's obstacles. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
75% #LIKE (2019) There's more than a hint of Stephen King inspiration in writer-director Sarah Pirozek's feature narrative debut. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
No Score Yet Cured (2020) The filmmakers may not have initially thought it would be necessary to instruct and train future resisters, but their footage can serve as vital encouragement. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
92% Give or Take (2020) Paul Riccio is canny enough to set the tropes we expect in motion, then knock most of them in completely different directions. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
No Score Yet Gossamer Folds (2020) ...offers hope that even during times and places we think of as stereotypically intolerant, underdogs have always found and helped one another out. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
87% White Noise (2020) It's imperative that, as ugly as it might be to look upon them, movies like White Noise due the duty of exposing the reality, and the genuine, hate-fueled influencers out there. - Films Gone Wild EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
75% Batman: Death in the Family (2020) Anyone who has collected DC animated movies thus far absolutely does not need these warmed over rehashes with scant new extras. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
92% Love and Monsters (2020) ...the creatures remain fully visible in all their grotesque glory. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
20% The Tax Collector (2020) It's absolutely worth a rental for Ayer fans, but unless it actually leads into a more expansive saga, not necessarily a keeper. - FreakSugar EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
100% Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) We've seen enough attempts at myth-making Superman with religious overtones; Man of Tomorrow simply wants to make his first adventure fun. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
2/5 73% Mulan (2020) Mandatory moralizing mutes Mulan's majesty - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Whether one loves Bill and Ted or merely likes them (haters, leave!), they deserve faith. This time, at least, they have not betrayed it. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
48% Unhinged (2020) ...come to see Russell Crowe go unhinged, and you will definitely get exactly what is advertised. - FreakSugar EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 80% Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons (2020) But it never exactly feels like "mature" content; this is the kind of thing that even Frank Miller would accuse of too much posturing. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
8% Artemis Fowl (2020) ...it's a rare mega-budget movie to make me actually imagine a much cheaper BBC production doing more with the concept. - FreakSugar EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
7/10 100% The Onania Club (2020) Surely some audience members may be offended, but mostly it's just hilarious to see what the director comes up with. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
100% Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020) There's a gleeful nihilism to it all that will not be to everyone's taste, probably ruffling the feathers of more than one parent who just expected a "superhero cartoon" for the kids. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
89% Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (2020) ...a film that is frequently so insanely violent that it makes the average Quentin Tarantino movie look like Tom and Jerry. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
88% Superman: Red Son (2020) Rather than take any controversial sides in a political debate, Red Son merely suggests we can unite against larger foes. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
30% Bloodshot (2020) Even at the worst of times, Diesel doing his thing is fun. But because we've all seen him be Groot, we know he can do more. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) ...for those who've had any experience with real-life stalkers, consider this your trigger warning. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A lower-key DCEU movie is a fine idea. One that commits to Harley's all-out crazy world would be even better. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
4.5/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) A finale needs to be epic, and Episode IX brings about a long overdue increase of scope. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) While I'm partial to the more Amblin-horror approach of the original Jumanji and the semi spin-off Zathura, The Next Level gives me hope for the series' current incarnation. Not to mention Kevin Hart's career. - SuperHeroHype EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
83% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim is both an indictment of race relations in America and a powerful rebuke to last year's "Feel good, Boomer!" Oscar winner Green Book. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
2.5/5 47% No Safe Spaces (2019) Many of these guests appear in segments clearly filmed during Prager's radio show and Carolla's podcast...one wonders if viewers will want to pay for material they essentially get for free elsewhere. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
81% 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
58% 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
84% 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 62% 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
63% 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
85% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) You might just say they did it. Hooray. - Forbes EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
77% 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 60% Ophelia (2019) If Ridley's goal was to showcase her acting ability, mission accomplished. - CineGods.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
64% 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
93% 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
64% 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
91% 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