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 Merry Jane, among many other publications, and was a home video reviewer for Amazon.com from 1998 to 2014. He has also interviewed countless entertainment figures, 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: Even More Spookshows for Shut-Ins

“Zombie For Sale” (2019, Arrow Films) The discovery of a zombie whose bite leaves the victim feeling rejuvenated provides a family of rural eccentrics with what they believe a get-rich-quick scheme. Amusing South Korean horror-comedy eschews the usual veins tapped … Continue reading

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Dreamland Alert: John Waters and Jim Jarmusch 8/4 and More

Global pandemic be damned: John Waters has a new book to promote, and the beloved cult filmmaker, raconteur, and once and future Pope of Trash will appear – virtually, at least – at three upcoming online events, including one for … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Unique, Eccentric, Exceptional

“” (2020, Magnolia Home Entertainment) If you weren’t aware of civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis, who died on July 17 of this year, this documentary is the right place to start. Director Dawn Porter‘s film provides a basic … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Somewhere Else

“Bacurau” (2019, Kino Lorber) Faced with extinction on two fronts – starvation, addiction and neglect by the government, and “Most Dangerous Game”-style slaughter by wealthy Western tourists (led by Udo Kier) – the residents of a remote Brazilian village turn … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: For the Long Haul

“Star Trek: Short Treks” (2020, Paramount Home Video/CBS DVD) Nine shorts from CBS All Access, all focused on small but pivotal moments in the lives of characters from “Star Trek: Discovery” and the greater “Trek” universe. A working knowledge of … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Sunday Screenings (The Normal New 2)

“Desolation Center” (2018) Everything you need to know about this documentary, which recalls a series of ’80s-era punk festivals in the Mojave Desert and downtown LA, is covered by Elise in this post. It’s currently available through streaming platforms, and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Things Are Scary All Over

“The Hunt” (2020, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) Conservatives – a mixed bag of middle America types, conspiracy nuts and one tough vet, played by Betty Gilpin – are hunted for sport by an elite cadre of wealthy liberals before turning … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Out of the Past

“Jaws” (1975, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) The unlikely trio of police chief Roy Scheider, shaggy oceanographer Richard Dreyfuss and grizzled shark hunter Robert Shaw are tasked with dispatching the 25-foot Great White preying on summer crowds on an East Coast … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Normal New

“Slay the Dragon” (2019, Magnolia Home Entertainment) The current national/global climate may have exhausted your personal bandwith for social and political anxiety, but if able, you should consider this documentary on the insidous practice and impact of gerrymandering, or reshaping … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: More Quarantine Queens

“The Invisible Man” (2020, Universal Home Entertainment) After fleeing abusive boyfriend Oliver Jackson-Cohen – a ruthless, Musk-esque billionaire in the “optics” field – Elisabeth Moss is convinced that the news of his subsequent suicide was a ploy to divert attention … Continue reading

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