Movie of the Week for April 12-18, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined. (And sorry to be a little slow with this week’s selection…)

This week’s movie is the action thriller Speed (20th Century, 1994). Directed by Jan de Bont (it was his directoral debut) and starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and Dennis Hopper, this film is a total blast. The plot revolves around a public bus that is has a bomb planted on it that will explode if the bus goes under 50 miles per hour. The action is great, the chemistry between is the stars is great (supposedly Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock each had a crush on the other), and the script is great, too. I’m excited to watch it again.

I thought these publicity shots of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock were adorable, too.

©️20th Century Studios
©️ 20th Century Studios

Movie of the Week for April 5-11, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined.

This week’s movie is a classic crowd-pleaser from the 1970s, the original Rocky (MGM/UA, 1976). I love this film for a lot of reasons–the great underdog story, the exciting action, the relationships, the terrific soundtrack by Bill Conti, and just the relatability of it all. It’s was a childhood favorite, but I think I love it even more as adult.

Here’s my Instagram post on the film.

I was happy to come across this publicity shot of Sylverster Stallone and Talia Shire as well on the Rocky Facebook page.

©️MGM/UA

Movie of the Week for March 29-April 4, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined.

This week’s movie is Passover and Easter themed. It’s Cecil B. DeMille’s Biblical epic The Ten Commandments (Paramount, 1956). Watching this film during Easter weekend on the ABC television network was a staple in my home growing up. It’s been years since I’ve seen the film, so I’m excited to watch it again during Holy Week this week.

My Instagram post gives the scoop:

Here’s a pic of the cover art for the new Blu-ray that I’ll be watching this week.

©️Paramount Pictures

Movie of the Week for March 22-28, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined.

In honor of the new CGI-slugfest Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros., 2021) opening in theaters on HBO Max on March 30, 2021, I picked another double-feature this week with the original King Kong (RKO, 1933) and the original Godzilla (Toho Co., Ltd., 1954). I watched both of these films on HBO Max.

While the Godzilla vs. Kong film appears to have nothing to do with the storylines from the original films, I still marvel at the artistry and filmmaking techniques used in both of these classic monster movies, particularly with the amazing visual effects in King Kong done by special effects wizard Willis O’Brien. (And it’s a total guilty pleasure watching these original Godzilla films knowing that it’s a dude in a rubber suit destroying miniature sets.)

Here’s some cool artwork for both of these classic monster movies.

©️RKO
©️Toho Co., Ltd.

Movie of the Week for March 15-21, 2021

As mentioned in my March 15, 2021 podcast, I’ve started a new “Movie of the Week” feature. I’ll be recommending a favorite movie with the hopes that it will be a film that you’ll enjoy, too. I’d love to chat online about each week’s film on my Instagram and Twitter feeds if you’re so inclined.

First up are actually two films, both from my all-time favorite movie studio, Walt Disney Animation Studios. I selected both the first feature length film from Disney Animation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), as well as their 59th animated feature length and most recent film, Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs also happens to be an entry in the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Must-See Musicals viewing guide which I am following this year, so it’s a double bonus.

Snow White is available on the Disney+ streaming service. Raya is currently playing in theaters and is available on Disney+ Premier Access (additional fee required).

Here are posters for the two films.

©️ Disney
©️Disney