Movies are like good dinners or music to me. It really depends on
my mood and what phase I'm in. But, lately, I keep going back
City of Lost Children. It blew my mind when I first saw it at the
Angelika. Jeunet, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton and (sometimes) Michel
Gondry, all former animators, always have such an offbeat, darkly
comical approach to their work that I fully appreciate. I'm also a
big fan of sci-fi movies, animation, gigantic epics, etc. Much less
a fan of "kitchen table indie movies" (those in which people
endlessly talk about their feelings around a kitchen table).
For books, I've been absorbing a lot of them lately. Usually at
work, while I'm polishing pixels, I manage to suck down a few in
audio form. On the subway, I get a few more the old fashioned
way... It's part work, part pleasure. The eternal pre-teen nerd in
me has a soft spot for Young Adult sci-fi, fantasy and adventure
stories. Philip Pullman's Golden Compass series is in heavy
rotation. I also go through phases of re-reading the HP Lovecraft
stories I loved when I was 15.
Music... Anything, really. I love being exposed to new things. But,
I base my Pandora stations on bands like Múm, Sigur Ros, Chet
Baker, Glasvegas, "I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness" (best band
name ever). Arcade Fire, Silversun Pickups, Stars, Flaming Lips, my
friends' bands. Chilly Gonzales, Bjork, Enik, DNTEL, Notwist. This
is really just my current rotation. I could go on and on.
Just discovered "Hooray for Earth" (awful, awful name) and love
'em! It's a big sound, full of '80's style over the top romantic
idealism. If you'd like to experience what it would sound like if
Passion Pit had a baby with Depeche Mode, give 'em a try.
Food. Also, anything goes. I often revert back to a good ol'
burger, preferably from Dumont (if you haven't been there, you must
try it). Otherwise, I like to cook and invent new dishes. Combining
ingredients, designing something based on smells, flavors and
textures reminds me a lot of painting.