BOOKS: China Mieville is my favourite author. Chuck Palahniuk as
House of Leaves might be one of my favourite books.
I also read a lot of non-fiction.
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, Brick.
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.
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: Breaking Bad was the best show on television, barring
maybe Arrested Development - I go back and forth on this one.
Battlestar Galactica 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
Firefly deserves an honourable mention.
Better Off Ted was a great show that just couldn't find an
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, 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.