Author Archives: Paul Gaita

About Paul Gaita

Paul Gaita lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his lovely wife and daughter. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Variety and The Fix, among many other publications, and was a home video reviewer for Amazon.com from 1998 to 2014. He has interviewed countless entertainment figures from both the A and Z lists, but his favorites remain Elmore Leonard, Ray Bradbury and George Newall, who created both Schoolhouse Rock and the Hai Karate aftershave commercials. He once shared a Thanksgiving dinner with celebrity astrologer Joyce Jillson, and regrettably, still owes the late character actor Charles Napier a dollar.

Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Cartoon Antics Edition)

“Teen Titans: The Complete First Season” (2003, Warner Archives Collection) Debut season of the much-loved WB animated series about a quintet of youthful superheroes who divide their energies between fighting a baroque array of villains and contending with the same … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (24 Hour Vampire Mission Edition)

“subUrbia” (1996, Warner Archives Collection) Richard Linklater and Eric Bogosian transpose the setting of Bogosian’s play from a convenience store parking lot in Massachusetts to one in Texas, but retain its core premise, with a cross-section of disaffected high school … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Doctors, Cowboys and Presidents Edition)

“Last Flag Flying” (2017, Lionsgate) Vietnam vet Steve Carell seeks out two fellow Marines – hard-living bar owner Bryan Cranston and one-time hellraiser Laurence Fishburne, now a pastor – to assist him in traveling to Washington, D.C., where he will … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “J.D.’s Revenge”

Hard-working law student Glynn Turman is chosen to be a subject in a hypnotist act, and to the dismay of his wife (Joan Pringle) and friends, discovers that the experience has allowed the spirit of J.D. Walker (David McKnight), a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 House Cleaning Part 2 (Actors of a Certain Age Edition)

Here’s a quintet of (relatively) new Blu-rays from Kino Lorber, all starring leading men who, despite being past their prime by Hollywood standards, could still carry a picture through talent, screen presence or an abundance of good will generated by … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Stakeout on Dope Street” (1958)

A trio of Los Angeles teens (among them Jonathon Haze from Roger Corman‘s “Little Shop of Horrors”) stumbles upon a briefcase containing two pounds of uncut heroin and decides to earn a fast buck by selling it, unaware that both … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – A Surfeit of Strange

You could spend all of 2018 dissecting and bemoaning the strange, weird and just plain awful aspects of 2017, but on Saturday mornings, I prefer to recall the strange from that year in a entertaining, digital-based audio-visual format and not, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 House Cleaning (Out with the New Edition)

As its title suggests, “Super Dark Times” (2017, The Orchard) focuses on the bleaker aspects of growing up aimless in a dead-end town. First-time director Kevin Phillips and screenwriters Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski understand teenage language and behavior and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (End of the Year Road Trip Edition)

“Waiting For Guffman” (1997, Warner Archives Collection) If “Spinal Tap” found the all-too-human elements in oversized personalities, then “Guffman” – Christopher Guest’s first feature “mockumentary” as director/co-writer” – uncovers the stratospheric (if deeply weird) ambitions behind small-town, small-time life. Employing … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (High Tension for the Holidays 2017 Edition)

“Luke Cage: The Complete First Season” (2017, Buena Vista Home Entertainment) If you grew up in the 1970s, you knew Luke Cage as Power Man, the first African-American superhero with his own comic book series. Though possessed of superhuman strength … Continue reading

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