I am getting back to reading after being too focused on the endless
possibilities in college. But some favorites (off the top of my
head) are The Princess Bride (the book is so much better (as is
often the case)), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy, Ender's Game, The Harry Potter series, and
Asimov's robot stories.
As for movies, I most enjoy films that I feel give a full person to
the characters (rather than simply being caricatures). My favorite
films are films that are not as worried about an intricate plot as
they are about letting us see the characters have fun and explore
the world around them. So my favorites are Amelie, Annie Hall, most
of Tarantino's films, the films I have seen by the Coen Brothers,
and a lot of Tim Burton's movies. It doesn't fit into this
generalization, but Wreck-it-Ralph is towards the top of this
However I generally enjoy any film that I see as being really well
put together. Whether it says something meaningful in a really
succinct way, making really realistic and interesting characters,
or is simply hitting the tone of its genre right, I enjoy seeing
the result of a director knowing what he is doing. As such I have
loved most of Christopher Nolan's films. I also enjoy all Pixar
films (except for the Cars series which I still cannot accept as
bing done by Pixar). I have really liked most of the Woody Allen
movies I have seen. So I can enjoy movies in any genre, as long as
they consistently and meaningfully live up to their goals.
I have a knack for liking tv shows that get canceled. However it
will not happen with my favorite show until we get 6 SEASONS AND A
MOVIE (if you recognize that reference, you know my favorite show).
In addition to that one, I also love Firefly, Buffy, Star Trek:TOS,
House of Cards, Don't Trust the B** in Apartment 23, New Girl,
Freaks and Geeks, Game of Thrones (going to read the books soon),
The Newsroom, How I Met Your Mother, Doctor Who (I have only really
seen from the reboot and I don't count the most recent season as
part of my favorite shows list), and Arrested Development.
For music, I am much more drawn by creative, well-formed, and/or
fun lyrics. My pandora Super-Station (shuffle list) is drawn from
No More Kings, Jonathan Coulton, Owl City, Garfunkel and Oates, The
Axis of Awesome, The Postal Service, Paramore (specifically Only
Exception), Lily Allen, and All-American Rejects (specifically
Gives You Hell).