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: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (24 Hour Vampire Mission Edition)

“subUrbia” (1996, Warner Archives Collection) Richard Linklater and Eric Bogosian transpose the setting of Bogosian’s play from a convenience story parking lot in Massachusetts to one in Texas, but retain its core premise, with a cross-section of disaffected high school … Continue reading

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The Sound of Silents: Composer/Historian Ben Model to Perform Original Scores for Silent Comedies at Historic Egyptian Theatre on Feb. 17

One of the most dedicated advocates for the preservation and relevancy of silent films is Ben Model , a nationally recognized composer, accompanist and film archivist. For more than three decades, Model has created and performed live scores for silent … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Doctors, Cowboys and Presidents Edition)

“Last Flag Flying” (2017, Lionsgate) Vietnam vet Steve Carell seeks out two fellow Marines – hard-living bar owner Bryan Cranston and one-time hellraiser Laurence Fishburne, now a pastor – to assist him in traveling to Washington, D.C., where he will … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “J.D.’s Revenge”

Hard-working law student Glynn Turman is chosen to be a subject in a hypnotist act, and to the dismay of his wife (Joan Pringle) and friends, discovers that the experience has allowed the spirit of J.D. Walker (David McKnight), a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 House Cleaning Part 2 (Actors of a Certain Age Edition)

Here’s a quintet of (relatively) new Blu-rays from Kino Lorber, all starring leading men who, despite being past their prime by Hollywood standards, could still carry a picture through talent, screen presence or an abundance of good will generated by … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – A Surfeit of Strange

You could spend all of 2018 dissecting and bemoaning the strange, weird and just plain awful aspects of 2017, but on Saturday mornings, I prefer to recall the strange from that year in a entertaining, digital-based audio-visual format and not, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 House Cleaning (Out with the New Edition)

As its title suggests, “Super Dark Times” (2017, The Orchard) focuses on the bleaker aspects of growing up aimless in a dead-end town. First-time director Kevin Phillips and screenwriters Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski understand teenage language and behavior and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (High Tension for the Holidays 2017 Edition)

“Luke Cage: The Complete First Season” (2017, Buena Vista Home Entertainment) If you grew up in the 1970s, you knew Luke Cage as Power Man, the first African-American superhero with his own comic book series. Though possessed of superhuman strength … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short and Sweet Tough Guys Edition)

“Animal Factory” (2000, Arrow Video) Intent on surviving behind bars, new prison inmate Edward Furlong forges an alliance with flinty fellow con Willem Dafoe, which will have a lasting impact on the future – and freedom – of both men. … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short, Sweet, Shrinking and Singing Edition)

“The Incredible Shrinking Woman” (1981, Shout! Factory) Suburban housewife Lily Tomlin’s standing in her home is diminished, both emotionally and physically, after an overabundance of cleaning and beauty products causes her to shrink to microscopic size. Inspired by the novel … Continue reading

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