I saw nine films last week for the first time:
"Daimajin; Monster of Terror" & "Return of Daimajin" (Both 1966)--I saw the first two films of this trilogy after answering a trivia question posed by LawrenceA in the Trivia Forum. Both Japanese films are set in the 1700's and follow a formula. Innocent villagers are threatened/abused/tortured/killed by an evil samurai/overlord who destroys their village/province. The survivors pray to Daimajin, a huge rock statue that comes to life to right injustices and save the (remaining) innocents. The tears of a virgin seem to be the final required ingredient for Daimajin to come to life and destroy the guilty parties. Films are heavy on Christian imagery, particularly crucifixion. The special effects are several notches above the "Godzilla" films. Both films are on YT; first film was in Japanese with English subtitles, second film was dubbed into English.
"The Secret Life of Pets" (2016)--OK animated film that is generally enjoyable and provoked an occasional laugh when I saw it. Animation is rather sloppy and inferior to most of Disney. Film is "cute", but thankfully lacks the sledgehammer "CUTE" touch of the "Ice Age" films.
"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001)--I enjoyed this Disney film despite it's deficiencies. The animation varies from functional to some impressive imagery (most of it after the characters reach Atlantis), What music there is is enjoyable (the only song is over the end credits). The inflections of the voiceovers, especially those of Michael J. Fox and James Garner, supply wit lacking in the script.
"The Three Caballeros" (1945)--Enchanting wartime Disney film about South America and its' attractions stars Donald Duck and Aurora Miranda (Carmens' sister?). Film mixes animation with live action, 3-D animation with 2-D animation, partly animated backgrounds with real backgrounds (especially in Mirandas' number). Recommended.
"Make Mine Music" (1946)--Disney compilation film made up of various cartoons. Highlights are "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met", which is sung by Nelson Eddy (who sung Every part in that episode), "Peter and the Wolf", and the two Benny Goodman numbers. Lowlights are the Tone Poem which opens the film, and the "Two Silhouettes" number (Dinah Shore sings well, but some of the animation is just plain bad. Film is worth seeking out for its' highlights.
"Moana" (2016)--Fine Disney film inspired by Fijian/South Pacific myths. The animation, voiceovers (especially of Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson), and songs are all very good. As in other Disney films (1998's "Mulan", etc.), empowerment is a main theme. Recommended.
"My Little Chickadee" (1940)--Mae West and W.C. Fields teaming is to be cherished, even if the material isn't their best. The scenes with West stopping an Indian attack, Fields with a goat, and Wests' version of arithmetic are memorable. Margaret Hamilton is dependably funny in support.
"Hellzapoppin" (1941)--Film is a non-stop series of gags that starts off with a shot at MGMs' "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941) and doesn't slow down, except for an occasional song by Jane Frazee. Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson are funny. Martha Raye is the funniest performer in the film, especially her numbers "Watch The Birdie" and "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee". Recommended.
Most Favorite--"The Three Caballeros" (1945) & "Hellzapoppin" (1941)
Disney fanatics only--"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001).