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: The Tough Ones

“Furie” (2019, Well Go USA) Though she’s at odds with her village because of her job (debt collector) and her status – she’s a former criminal with an illegitimate child – Veronica Ngo (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) finds that … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: More Kids’ Stuff

“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” (2017, Shout! Factory/GKids) Three cracked fables, in which several animals – including a hapless fox and a very anxious pig – discover that their capabilities extend far beyond their respective breeds. Amusing and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: All Night Crime Wave 2019

“Phantom Lady” (1944, Arrow Video) Fresh from a squabble with his wife, Alan Curtis invites an anonymous woman (Fay Helm) and to see a Latin jazz band (fronted by Carmen Miranda‘s sister, Aurora). When he returns home, he finds his … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: #MonsterSquadGoals2

“Us” (2019, Universal Home Video) A middle-class family – mom Lupita Nyong’o, dad Winston Duke and two kids – is beset by what appear to be their mindless, murderous doubles, who seem to be a harbinger of a larger and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Super ’70s Showcase (Rumble-Rama-Roundtree Edition)

“Earthquake” (1974, Shout Select) The Big One – an earthquake measuring 9.9 on the Richter Scale – finally hits Los Angeles, unleashing catastrophic destruction upon the city and an all-star cast. Delirious disaster fetish fantasy from director Mark Robson and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Under the Radar (Rarely Seen, Forgotten or Hard to Find)

“Under the Silver Lake” (2018, Lionsgate) Grimy, idle Angeleno Andrew Garfield looks into the disappearance of his come-hither neighbor (Riley Keough) and falls headlong into a web of underground death cults, pet serial killers, and a slew of cryptic signs … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: #MonsterSquadGoals

“The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires” (1974, Shout! Factory) Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) joins a family of Chinese martial artists in their fight against a vampire cult led by his old nemesis, Count Dracula. Hammer Films capped their … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Son of (Mostly) New Movies

“A Vigilante” (2018, Lionsgate Home Entertainment) Domestic violence survivor Olivia Wilde provides a unique service to others like her: she removes their abusers from their lives with a brutality matching, or surpassing their own. Potent and timely mix of steely-eyed … Continue reading

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Remembering Roky Erickson July 15, 1947 – May 31, 2019

Hearing about Roky’s passing today brought to mind his 1981 single from “The Evil One.” Much of Roky’s catalog was divided between the melancholy and the macabre, but “Ghosts” touches on both in that fragile and otherworldly tone that Roky … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Street Fighting Men and Women

“The Street Fighter Collection” (1974, Shout! Select) Lunatic martial arts action trilogy starring grindhouse favorite Sonny Chiba (“Kill Bill”) as Tatsuma Surugi (Terry Surugy in the English dub), a gleefully malevolent killing machine who laid waste to both sides of … Continue reading

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