Upon the advice of Uncle Kone and Cousin Emily, I watched The Good, The Bad, The Weird and it was probably the most awesome movie I've seen in years. It's a mix of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly + Raiders of the Lost Ark + Kill Bill but with a Korean cast and set in 1930s Manchuria.
I enjoyed it with a Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewery out of Middlebury , VT and some German Tilsit that was so ripe and stinky that I had to open a window.
I had not heard of the movie Mary & Max until recently, although it won many awards after it was released in 2009. It's enormously charming and touching and I recommend it to anyone, particularly anyone who enjoys stop-motion/"claymation" (or is interested in stories dealing with Asperger's Syndrome, since one of the characters has that condition).
The website is also very well done - perhaps the best movie-promo site I've seen.
The Swedish Bed has a collection of movie posters painted by Drew Struzan.
I had no idea how iconic his work was until I saw so many of his images together. As a kid, the Star Wars movie poster was probably the single most important image in my life for a few years, but I had no idea that the images for the Indiana Jones movies and many other hits from the 70s and 80s were all done by the same guy.
From the official site: kukysevraci.cz
"When asthmatic, six-year-old ONDRA is forced to throw away his scruffy, sawdust-stuffed old teddy bear, KOOKY, he prays for the safe return of his furry friend. Soon afterwards, across town, Kooky is about to be crushed in a rubbish dump when he suddenly comes to life, making his escape into a mysterious forest. The naïve, cuddly Kooky needs help to survive amongst the rough-and-ready creatures of the forest and he finds it when he meets the crotchety forest guardian HERGOT. Hergot is in charge of watching over the forest, but he has his enemies too – the malevolent NIGHTSHADE plans to take over the forest, by proving that the short-sighted but good-hearted Hergot is not up to the job of guardian.
Using puppetry and live action, Kooky is both an inventive, thrilling family adventure and a celebration of the childhood imagination."
If you watch the original 'Planet of the Apes' with Charlton Heston (NRA President), you'll see the main character, George Taylor, at the end of the movie walking with the ocean to his right. At the end (sorry to spoil it, but you've had 36 years to see for yourself) he comes upon the Statue of Liberty (Thank you, France!) nearly submerged under the risen waters.
This means Charlatan was walking from the south toward Liberty island, which means - The Planet of the Apes is Northern New Jersey.