Monica Turner

Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.

I hate snakes… I hate ’em!

I recently re-watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first in the now epic Indiana Jones serial throwback-style movies from the 1980s. I was curious to see how the film had aged, and wondered if the effects, dialog and tone would hold up almost two decades later. With Spielberg, you're...

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ review: Clever and energetic with Bollywood dancing included

I thought for a moment it could not be true: a Bollywood movie with no musical dancing number? Say it ain't so. But then again, this was an edgier style of Indian movie, not just a feel good dance fest, so maybe it did suit the occasion to not...

Academy Awards Oscar predictions 2009

Will you struggle to watch the whole 81st Academy Awards show tonight, or just FF with your DVR? I will probably do the latter, work on my laptop and get a jump on the week that will be. As if Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie need more attention or accolades....

A Hitchcock classic: “That’s funny… that plane’s dusting crops where there ain’t no crops!”

In the middle of nowhere and chased by unknown foes, Cary Grant still manages to maintain GQ form with classic, well pressed suit and tie, while dashing through corn fields.

Sauvignon Blanc: You say BLAHNK, I (and the rest of the world) say BLAHN

Some times little things make me wonder. Take, for instance, an innocent, grassy wine like Sauvignon Blanc. It's a simple pleasure, and enjoyed in most parts of the world. So why then the controversy? Well it seems the pronunciation of the word Blanc has somehow become Americanized to the point...

5 Things you can do now to improve the world just a little bit

Most of the time I see the glass half full. Other times I rail against irrational, annoying human behavior that seems to rear it's head on a regular basis. Or maybe I'm just in one of those moods. Shrug it off. Think positive. So here are the little things...

Cocktail Heaven in Loreto

The saying "don't blink or you'll miss it" truly applies to Hotel Luna & Eclipse Bar

One word: Plastics

Perhaps one of the best catch-phrases of all time, created even before the concept of a catch-phrase existed. The Graduate is a timeless classic I never tire of; from Dustin Hoffman's aimless drifting to the famous soundtrack, it's just so darn entertaining. WATCH: The Graduate "One Word: Plastics"

Buy it Now! Is California’s next savior the garage sale queen?

You have to hand it to Meg Whitman. Where most people saw old hats, used lingerie and moth-ball wigs, she envisioned a multi-billion dollar juggernaut called eBay. Who knew people would become so smitten with an online garage sale? Next broken subject: California. It turned out the Terminator did manage to...

How To: Hold a Loreto style Clam Bake

The next step is to place the clams, wide side down in the gravel, tightly spaced together.