I tend to like quirkier, eccentric movies like the Cohen brothers' "Fargo", "True Grit", "The Big Lebowski" (TBL = possibly my all-time fave). If I could be a comedian I might want to be Will Ferrell. His movies can be very hit or miss, but his absurd style can make even his flops entertaining. Some good ones that come to mind: "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Elf"! (when elf passes the sign in front of that NYC diner: "You did it!! Congratulations!! World's Best Cup of Coffee!!! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here.") Also recently caught "Casa de mi Padre" on Netflix. I recommend it; a great spoof on Spaghetti Westerns and Mexican melodramas.
Not normally a big TV watcher but lately have gotten into "Homeland" with Claire Danes on Showtime. It's pretty gripping! I'll admit some reality shows can suck me in too, like "Top Chef", "Project Runway", and "Hoarders" (the Hoarders are crazy, a little sad and touching in their stories, and fascinatingly creative at building pathways through junk!). My vote for best TV drama ever: "Mad Men" (is it coming back?). I can relate some having worked for an ad agency once. I can enjoy any show or movie with performances by actors who can do a real range in characters, who don't just 'play themselves' because they're a famous celebrity. Like, Tom Cruise is usually in the latter category, but then you gotta give him some cred for his hilarious cameo role as Les Grossman, outrageous, fat, bald, foul-mouthed, rapping, egotistical Hollywood producer, in "Tropic Thunder" by Ben Stiller, an absolute must-see satire on Hollywood.
I like too much music to list. Last thing on my pod was the Doves and The Black Keys. Electronic and dance like Metro Area (from Brooklyn, shout out) and Goldfrapp. I will listen to some recent pop like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Classic and modern, experimental jazz, traditional Delta blues (Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Son House), and modern classical composition. Just went to see Leonard Cohen perform -- The Poet -- who never ceases to amaze in song and verse and energy even at age 79!
One of my favorite things about moving here is the food and California wine culture. NYC has great food too but I think SF may have it beat. I've been trying to avoid wheat and gluten lately. Makes eating out a little tougher but so far feels worth it.