Yiddish Policemen's Union (Michael Chabon, 2007): I liked this book, and especially enjoyed the fake Yiddish slang. Not a particularly amazing novel, but certainly a funny and mostly well-written detective book.
Never Let Me Go (the movie, 2010): very pretty, but very, very sad. There is not a minute of this movie that will not make you very, very sad. Just read the book.
Fantastic Planet (1973): this is an animated movie about humans rebelling against giant, blue aliens on a strange planet. According to the netflix jacket (where I get all of my cultural information), it may or may not have been based on the Soviet occupation of the Czech Republic. It also may have been based on what people like to see when they ingest drugs. Final analysis: interesting looking, but pretty boring to watch on amtrak.
Dr. Strangelove (1964): I rewatched Dr. Strangelove, and it continues to be a good movie.
The Outlaw Josie Wales (1976): this is probably my favorite Clint Eastwood movie. As Mr. Eastwood helpfully explains to you before the movie starts, it is about war and maybe about Vietnam, but not really. Anyway, it is terrific and everyone should see it.