The Godfather (not for the violence, but for the character development)
Children of Men
Lives of Others
The Village (love the use of color)
Dangerous Liaisons (notice how the movie starts with Glen Close putting on make up, and it ends with her taking it off?)
Miike Snow, Cut Copy, Portishead, XX, Powderfinger, Interpol
Conversations with good friends
How religion distorts politics and screws up important decisions.
Why San Francisco doesn't have more new buildings like Portland, Seattle or Vancouver.
How many nieces will see the world when they're my age, and what kind of world we'll leave for them.