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.

©️Toho Co., Ltd.