FilmUncategorizedCounter Programming: Giant Monsters Galore!Your guide to the best indie films of the weekend—popcorn not includedBy Lincoln Flynn – May 8, 2014482ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItNeighbors, a promising comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, opens this week. But perhaps you’re in the mood for old-school Japanese monster movies.Godzilla (1954)The big bang of kaiju films, the original Godzilla (Gojira), has returned to theaters in a restored 60th anniversary edition, just in time to coincide with the new Hollywood remake, which comes out May 16. At face value, it’s easy to dismiss a monster movie about a ginormous reptile breathing fire and wreaking havoc. But as it hasbeen pointed out, Godzilla is a deliberate metaphor for the nuclear warfare that devastated Japan in 1945. Hence, this is a seismic pop movie that crystallized a culture’s unfathomable trauma. Popcorn entertainment has rarely been as profound.When: May 12-14, showtimes varyWhere: various Arclight Cinemas locationsKing Kong vs. Godzilla/MothraThis is one of the lighter double-bills you’ll ever see when it comes to movies about huge monsters that destroy things. After Godzilla became a smash, studio Toho Co. Ltd. started cranking out preposterous kaiju films that varied in quality but were usually entertaining. A product of that trend, King Kong vs. Godzilla is about a legal suit between JUST KIDDING. It’s about King Kong and Godzilla combating each other. The second half of this double-feature, Mothra, is a delightfully weird mixture of genres that involves tiny telepathic twins and a giant, prehistoric moth. Ridiculous? Yes. But don’t let that spoil the fun.WHEN: May 11-12, showtimes varyWHERE: New Beverly’s Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Mid-City TAGSCounter ProgrammingGodzillaIndie FilmsKing Kong vs. GodzillaL.A CultureMothraMoviesPrevious articleVintage Powder Room: The Gimbel Hair NetNext articleWhy You Should Be Drinking More Wine at POTLincoln Flynn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. Tree Lighting EventsNovember’s Best Showings of Classic Movies in L.A.The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.