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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 (Short and Sweet Edition, Part 1)

“The Gospel According to Al Green” (1984, MVD) Remarkable documentary by Robert Mugge (“Deep Blues”) about the legendary soul singer at a crossroads in his career, when he gave up his smoldering secular music to become a minister and gospel … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Tough Guys and Doberman Cops

“The Yakuza” (1975, Warner Archives) Ex-private eye Robert Mitchum is hired by Brian Keith to settle a beef with Japanese gangster Eiji Okada, whose displeasure over an arrangement gone wrong has led to the abduction of Keith’s daughter. Mitchum is … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Short and Sweet and Black and White

“Suture” (1993, Arrow Video) It’s hard to tell what’s more unusual about the reunion of long-lost half-brothers Dennis Haysbert (“24”) and Michael Harris: the fact that both men, and everyone around them, are convinced that they look identical, despite the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Spotlight on Blue Underground

“Death Line” (1973) The discovery of an injured government official in a London Underground station leads American David Ladd (son of actor Alan Ladd, and brother of producer Alan Ladd, Jr.) and his British girlfriend (Sharon Gurney), along with a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Last Stop on 13th Street” (1978)

(1978, Frolic Pictures) Stranded in a strange, rain-soaked neighborhood by an errant taxi, philandering businessman John Ericson (“Bad Day at Black Rock“) is taken in by a mortician (Ivor Francis), who tells him about how some of his recent clients … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Un Uomo, Una Cavallo, Una Pistola – Italian Westerns and American Contorno

“Djang0 Prepare a Coffin” (1968, Arrow Video) Though relatively unknown in the United States until its release on DVD, Sergio Corbucci’s doom-laden Euro Western “Django” (1966) was a global hit during its release, spawning tributes on film (it’s the movie … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “The Apple” (1980)

Infamously unhinged sci-fi musical that enjoys a cult following based entirely on its refusal to adhere to anything resembling coherence or good taste. In the distant and dismal future of 1994, sappy Canadian folk singers George Gilmour and Catherine Mary … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The (Slightly) Softer Side of Peckinpah’s West

“Ride the High Country” (1962, Warner Archive Collection) A shipment of gold provides aging cowpokes Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott with more than just gainful employment: for McCrea, it will allow him to cap his life on a dignified note … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Brain Damage” (1987)

When upstanding young Brian (Rick Herbst/Hearst) meets Aylmer, a garrulous, brain-eating parasite, their resulting relationship – based entirely on the creature’s ability to inject a overpowering narcotic-like “juice” into his brain – leads to delusion, alienation, and eventually, a lot … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Spotlight on Shout! Factory (Mostly Super Seventies Edition)

“The Pink Panther Collection Starring Peter Sellers” (1963-1982) Six-film, six-disc Blu-ray set compiles all of Peter Sellers’ appearances in what is arguably his best-remember role: the disaster-prone French detective Jacques Clouseau. When I was a kid, Sellers as Clouseau seemed … Continue reading

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