Film Review: Delightful, Whimsical “Wonka”

Film Review: Delightful, Whimsical “Wonka”

The original 1971 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory was easily one of the best family films of its era with the earnest Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) winner of the Golden Ticket and a lot more and a wonderful Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of...

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Film Review: Kaiju’s Back in “Godzilla Minus One”

Film Review: Kaiju’s Back in “Godzilla Minus One”

I've been a fan of the Gojira (Godzilla) movies since the release of the very first of the series back in 1954. Toho Studios had a surprise hit on its hands with the release of the first film and consequently pivoted from a thoughtful and introspective post-war angst...

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Film Review: Armageddon & Chaos in “Concrete Utopia”

Film Review: Armageddon & Chaos in “Concrete Utopia”

Like many big cities, Seoul, South Korea, is dotted with enormous apartment complexes, buildings that rise ten or more stories into the sky and house hundreds of families. For many Koreans, these apartments aren't a path to homeownership, they are the home they seek...

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A Delightful Drive: The 2023 Toyota Crown Platinum

A Delightful Drive: The 2023 Toyota Crown Platinum

I've been driving a lot of Toyota vehicles recently, which has been a fascinating dive into product design and evolution. From the outside, it would be reasonable to figure that there's a reasonable amount of standardization across vehicle models in a lineup, but it's...

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Game Review: Rescue the Llamas before “Llamagedón”

Game Review: Rescue the Llamas before “Llamagedón”

You might be part of a peaceful llama herd but that's not enough to save you. Your prescient llama pal Esmerelda has seen the future and it's bleak: There's a meteor shower hurling towards your corner of the meadow and if you and your llama friends don't whip up some...

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Movie Review: It’s Teen MCU with “The Marvels”

Movie Review: It’s Teen MCU with “The Marvels”

When the TV series Ms. Marvel premiered in 2022, a lot of traditional Marvel Cinematic Universe fans were surprised and delighted to find that the protagonist, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), was of Indian descent and lived in a family that was wrestling with balancing...

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Awkward but Sleek: 2023 Toyota Prius Limited

Awkward but Sleek: 2023 Toyota Prius Limited

Toyota has gone through a couple of generations of its tremendously popular Prius at this point. I owned one myself for many years back when my kids were smaller, and generally really liked it. The Prius was also one of the vehicles that convinced car owners that...

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First EV Charge Experience with Electrify America

First EV Charge Experience with Electrify America

I'm driving a beautiful 2023 Genesis GV70 electric vehicle this week and having just spent the last two days zipping all over the state, my battery was looking pretty depleted. The problem is, as an occasional EV driver, I haven't spent the money to install a 220V...

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Game Review: Can You Escape the “Mayan Curse”?

Game Review: Can You Escape the “Mayan Curse”?

You're part of a team of archeologists who have discovered a secret temple deep in the El Salvadorian jungle. Getting there's tough enough, but once you arrive, you realize that you're going to have to carefully traverse long passages of stone slabs, lining up the...

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