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: Hired, Wired and Inspired Edition

“First Reformed” (2017, Lionsgate) Locked into an emotional and spiritual spiral by the loss of parishioners, the death of his son and declining health, a small-town Protestant minister (Ethan Hawke) finds something like purpose in the apocalyptic visions of a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: September Super Shock Show Edition

“Hereditary” (2018, Lionsgate) A pair of deaths – one by natural causes, the other a horrible accident – appear to herald the arrival of a monstrous and possessive presence in the lives of an emotionally troubled family. Deeply unsettling feature debut/endurance … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: La Vie en DVD Edition

“Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” (2017, Kino Lorber) Those hoping to know more about Grace Jones may feel slightly thwarted by this documentary, directed by Sophie Fiennes during the recording of 2008’s “Hurricane” and at various performances. “Bloodlight” is more … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Birds, Bone and Bean Edition

“The Yellow Birds” (2017, Lionsgate) Adaptation of Kevin Powers’ much-celebrated novel traces the conflicts in war and at home endured by two American soldiers during the Gulf War. Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan are two sides of the same untested … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Death Smiles on the Saturday Morning Strange

“Two Thousand Maniacs!” (1964, Arrow Video) A carload of Yankees traveling through the Deep South comes to regret their decision to visit the small town of Pleasant Valley, where the residents’ exuberant hospitality hides a more sinister intent. Like its … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Watch It! This Weekend (Salvation Edition)

Please note – possible spoilers in this first review. “The Good Place: Season Two” (2017-2018, Shout Factory) Hard-living but recently deceased Kristen Bell and her equally dead friend, ethics professor William Jackson Harper, find that their home in the afterlife, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Watch It! This Weekend (Kung Fu Finger Book Edition)

“Super Fly” (1972, Warner Archive Collection) Youngblood Priest (Ron O’Neal) sees only a dead end in the Harlem cocaine trade, and conceives a retirement plan involving the sale of 30 kilos for a cool million; however, the cops, fellow dealers … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Godmonster of Indian Flats” (1973)

The irresistible force paradox – which asks us to consider what happens if an unstoppable object collides with an irresistible force – is put to the test in this bizarre hybrid of science fiction, experimental film and underground comedy. Virginia … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Watch It! This Weekend (After Life Edition)

“You Were Never Really Here” (2017, Lionsgate) Burnt to a haunted cinder by a lifetime of unspeakable violence, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) purges a ceaseless death wish by stalking and murdering those who traffic in underage girls. Writer-director Lynne Ramsay‘s adaptation … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: “Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town”

“Izzy” isn’t on DVD/Blu-ray yet – it premiered to acclaim at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival and opens in theaters courtesy of Shout Factory on June 22 – but it deserves your time away from home all the same, … Continue reading

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