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 Saturday Morning Strange – “Who’s Crazy?” (1966)

A bus breaks down in a snowy stretch of Belgium, and its passengers – a group of mental hospital inmates – run free, eventually reaching a farmhouse where they cast off their uniforms and engage in free-wheeling approximations of society, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short and Sweet and a Little Dark Edition)

“Ronin” (Arrow Video, 1998) Robert De Niro and Jean Reno lead a team of international mercenaries in retrieving a briefcase from nefarious types. As is often the case, the mission is not what it seems, and De Niro and Reno … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “The Zodiac Killer” (1971)

Audacious no-budget thriller which attempted to put both an identity and a motive behind the titular and still uncaught murderer, who was at large in northern California at the time of its release. Here, the Zodiac is revealed to be … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short and Sweet Edition 2)

“Down Down the Deep River” (2014, Kino) Strange and bittersweet short film by Will Sheff of Okkervil River about two young boys using their imaginations to navigate and in many ways, brighten their often confusing lives in 1980s-era New Hampshire. … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Spotlight on Kino Lorber (Cold Chills for a Long, Hot Weekend Edition)

“The Mephisto Waltz” (1971) What draws concert pianist Curd Jurgens (“The Spy Who Loved Me”) to journalist Alan Alda isn’t his appreciation for the older man’s esteemed career, but rather, his hands – perfect for tackling difficult classical piano pieces, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange: “Fighting Life” (1981)

Tired of life in rural China, brothers Sung-Chuan Shen and Chao-Ming Kang head for Taipei to better themselves. That their efforts are hampered by a lack of fully functioning arms and legs, respectively, is less a vehicle for drama or … Continue reading

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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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