BOOKS: R Scott Bakker is easily my favourite author. China Mievile
is a close second.
Troy, by David Gemmel. Anything by David Gemmel is great,
Dave Duncan and Robert A. Heinlein are up there as well, as is
David Eddings (I have a thing for Dave's, I guess...)
House of Leaves might be one of my favourite books.
In non-fiction: Hitchens, Harris, Dawkins, Rabbi David Wolpe,
Dinesh D'Souza, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Daniel Dennet.
MOVIES: Up at the top: Primer, Saving Private Ryan, Casablanca, The
Kingdom (not Kingdom of Heaven, though the last half of that movie
is actually pretty good), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Inception, District
9, Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (originally a play).
After that: The Man who Shot Liberty Valence, Sky Captain and the
World of Tomorrow, Three Kings, There Will be Blood, The Godfather,
American Gangster, Magnolia.
I like a LOT of movies, mostly in the dark, depressing vein. This
is true of all my entertainment consumption, really; books, music,
tv; I like it dark and heavy.
I've been watching a lot of Wuxia films recently. Hero (didn't like
it), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (liked it), House of Flying
Daggers (ambivalent) and Curse of the Golden Flower (loved
This follows my disturbing movie bender. A Serbian Film (blech,
pure shock schlock), Antichrist (psychological horror + shock
schlock = HOLY CRAP AMAZING MOVIE), Irreversible (ambivalent).
These were the worst (BEST) of the lot, but I watched many, MANY
horrifying movies, and I have come to the following conclusion:
there is something deeply disturbed in Lars von Trier, and I love
it. So I have now seen all his movies, including Melancholia,
which, going in, I assumed I wouldn't like. And I didn't
particularly like it, but I didn't dislike it either.
Also: Brick. I genuinely talk like that sometimes. I love 20's
MUSIC: RUSH! Holy crap, RUSH! I worked their latest concert in
Vancouver. Couldn't hear much as I was stuck far backstage, but it
was amazing nonetheless.
Porcupine Tree, Tool, OSI, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Russian
Frank Sinatra, Micheal Buble, a lot of epic-style classical music
(think Star Wars), a little Metallica, and a lot of Victor Wooten
and the bands he is a part of. Deep Purple rounds out my list.
After that, take any band ever, and I probably have one (and only
one) song from them.
THEATRE: Since I am a theatre person, I need to add this
I like George F. Walker, but I can't watch any of his shows more
than once. They are powerful and explore strong themes, but...
Well, you need to see Walker to understand why it can only really
be seen once before it gets boring.
I'm a fan of Samuel Beckett, but not a big fan of the Absurdist and
Surrealist genres that much. Beckett mastered an near-impossible
genre, and there are very few playwrights who can claim the
I'm a HUGE fan of Theatre of Cruelty, but not the more extreme
Theatre of the Grotesque. One Flea Spare might just be my favorite
play of all time.
Shakespeare was a mediocre playwright, but he was an amazing
I like doing and seeing comedies, but I LOVE tragedy. That being
said, another favorite play of mine has to be Rozencrantz and
Guildenstern Are Dead, an absurdist comedy.
TELEVISION: Battlestar Galactica was the best show on television,
barring maybe Arrested Development - I go back and forth on this
one. Firefly comes a close third, tied with the first half-season
of Glee. The second half was mediocre, and the second season was
fucking awful. After that; Band of Brothers, Generation Kill, The
Pacific. I love military stuff. Not big on comedy - but I really do
love Arrested Development. I cannot stress this enough.
Better Off Ted was a great show that just couldn't find an
Breaking Bad is my current love.
House is pretty good, so is ER.
VIDEO GAMES: I don't game all the time, but I'm pretty serious
about gaming as a medium of art. As such, I tend to like art/indie
games (Braid, Limbo, World of Goo, Psychonauts and the like).
I also have a huge love of grand strategy games (Victoria II,
Hearts of Iron III, Crusader Kings II, Civilization) and sandboxy
games (Minecraft, the Elder Scrolls, Terraria, and city builders
like Sim City)
Other games not in these genres that I like are: Pokemon (shut up),
FFIX and X (I even liked XII, though it had major flaws, and I
fucking DESPISE XIII) Alpha Protocol, Mass Effect 1 and 2. ME2
would be my favourite game of all time if it wasn't for the
balls-tighteningly stupid main plotline. But the characters are so
good and the setting so rich, it still makes it into my top 10
I liked Portal 1 more than 2. Love the Half-Life series. I have a
huge hard-on for procedural generation. Dwarf Fortress is a game I
can spend YEARS of my life wasting away on.