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: Man Movies

“The Man Who Skied Down Everest” (1975, The Film Detective) Japanese alpinist Yuichiro Miura, who set a world speed skiing record in 1964, sets his sights on conquering Mount Everest, albeit in a very different way: with the assistant of … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: ’50s Violence

“Bad Day at Black Rock” (1955, Warner Film Archives) One-armed vet Spencer Tracy’s search for a Japanese-American farmer takes him to the titular California desert town, where de facto town boss Robert Ryan and his goons (Ernest Borgnine and Lee … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: In Praise of Richard Crenna

“Wait Until Dark” (1967, Warner Archives Collection) In Terence Young’s film version of the stage drama chestnut by Frederick Knott, Audrey Hepburn is the blind woman who, unbeknownst to her, has a doll stuffed with stolen heroin that belongs to … Continue reading

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Comedies (Sort Of) for a Melancholy Week

“Cosmos” (2015, Kino) Law student Witold (Jonathan Genet) decides to stop fretting about his first novel to join his dunce of a pal (Johan Libreau) at a remote, fog-shrouded Portuguese village. There, the pair become embroiled in what seems like … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Visions of Futures Past for a New Year

“Dreamscape” (1984, Shout Factory) Crowd-pleasing science fiction adventure with Dennis Quaid as a hustler whose psychic abilities cause him to run afoul of unsavory racetrack types; he flees to his old mentor, Max von Sydow, who has developed a technology … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: ‘Tis the Season – Last Minute Gift Ideas for Eclectic Insomniacs (Oh S— I Forgot Edition)

“BrainDead Season 1” (Paramount) pleased a lot of critics but very few Nielsen families, so unfortunately, this Season 1 set comprises the complete series run. Too bad, since this series from Robert and Michelle King (“The Good Wife”), about a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Tis the Season – Spirits of Past, Present and Future Edition

“Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs” (2016, Virgil Films) What to make of this curious documentary by first-time director Justin Gaar? At first blush, the subject matter seems ready made to dismiss: Christo Roppolo, former industrial rocker and one-time … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: ‘Tis the Season – High Tension for the Holidays

“Don’t Breathe” (2016, Sony) What seems at first like the simplest of robberies – the theft of insurance money hidden in the home of a blind man (Stephen Lang) – proves far more complicated for a trio of young and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: ‘Tis the Season – ’80s Creature Features for Christmas Edition

“The Thing” (1982, Shout Factory) In the frozen icescape of Antarctica, the staff of a remote research outpost discovers an alien craft and its inhabitant, which proves to be not only alive, but equipped with the distressing ability to form … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Character Actor Spotting in ’70s Crime Movies

“The Laughing Policeman” (1973, Kino Lorber) A gunman opens fire on a San Francisco transit bus, killing everyone aboard, including an undercover cop (Dave Costello) working an unsolved murder case involving a businessman (Albert Paulsen) accused of dispatching his wife. … Continue reading

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