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: 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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Movies Till Dawn: More Digital Comfort Food (Postprandial Holiday Fare Edition)

“The Late Show” (1977, Warner Archives Collection) When aging private eye Art Carney’s partner (Howard Duff) turns up on his doorstep with a bullet in his chest, he decides to take up the shamus business again – despite his bad … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Digital Comfort Food for Post-Election Neuroses Edition

“My Bodyguard” (1980, Kino Lorber) Targeted by a bullying goon (Matt Dillon) at his new school, fifteen-year-old Clifford Peach (Chris Makepeace) finds what he believes to be protection for hire in the hulking form of Ricky Lindemann (Adam Baldwin), whose … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: A Month of Monsters, Part 6 (In Glorious Black and White Edition)

“The Devil-Doll” (1936) Falsely convicted for murder and embezzlement by his former partners, Lionel Barrymore escapes prison on Devil’s Island and seizes upon a bizarre plan for revenge: using technology developed by dotty scientist and fellow convict Henry B. Walthal, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: A Month of Monsters, Part 5 (A Milder Sort of Macabre Edition)

“Chandu the Magician” (1932, Kino Lorber) Who can save the world from the arch-villain Roxor (Bela Lugosi)? Only one man – Chandu the Magician (Edmund Lowe), who pits his mastery of mystical arts against Roxor’s death ray. At 71 minutes, … Continue reading

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