UPDATE: I'm done with my final project (mostly) and can return to the land of the living! Hooray!! :D Sorry if I haven't gotten back to people, It's been a LONG time since I could do anything but paint my fingers to little bony stumps...
-The Gift by Patrick O'Leary... it's fantasy, but really it's about the human condition. But really it's about the writing process. But really it's about timetravel. One of my top three.
-Mark Z. Danielewski, Okay... I have this hard-on for experimental fiction. It's a direction that I feel writers haven't explored fully, and isn't as tired as other genres. The modern art of literature. If you've read House of Leaves you know what I mean; the writer, aware of the book as a physical creation, playing with and manipulating how the reader interacts with the text and integrating that experience with the imaginative aspects of his work... Mmm, it gives me chills!
-The Shawshank Redemption Stephen King (novella/movie): I don't know whether its luck or just a sign that the original was such a masterpiece, but it amazes me that the movie could be /just/ as beautiful as the book. Got a lot of guidance from this book as a kid. Note: Kick-ass soundtrack!
-Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' was a beautiful experience for me. An incredible view-shift/reinterpretation on modern myth. The progress of Dream's character, the small aside stories... 'The Kindly Ones' was beautiful in its art and heartbreaking in its story.
-American Gods. Nothing more needs to be said.
-Watership Down was a revolutionary book for me because as a kid, it made me aware of the value that /everyone/ has, people or otherwise. And I like to pretend that animals can talk to each other and have complex social systems when we're not looking. "Oh, there's a human! Act dumb!" (Okay, plus I find it fascinating when humanity is viewed from an outside, slightly alien source, like the way the rabbits interpreted our roads and signs and actions.)
-Snow Crash. Stephenson is one of the most poetic and enjoyable writers I've ever found. READ THIS BOOK!
-Guy Gavriel Kay He wrote awesome alternate-world historical fiction/fantasy like "The Lions of Al-Rassan", "Tigana"... yum. Just, yum.
-John William Waterhouse, the infamous James Jean, Phil Hale, Edward Gorey, Caravaggio, Edward Burne-Jones *awe*
-The Book of the Dun Cow... minus the religious message.
-World War Z is how zombie fiction SHOULD be done. Take note, authors.
-Anything humanities related. God do I love the humanities.
-Oh, and Peter Singer is my Jesus. (Not that Jesus didn't have some good ideas, too! I'm just not too big on the PR 'son of god' tag he got.)
-Dave "...and it'll never happen again' Attel and other comedians like Dane Cook, the 'hot-pockets' guy(Jim Gaffagan), David Cross, Russell Peters and Mitch Hedberg! My iPod is chock full of these guys! Note: Louis C.K. and his bag of dicks brightens my day. (If you don't know - look it up!) :D I'm currently madly in love with Patton Oswalt... "His penis - erect in defiance of GOD..." Also, I think the phrase, "Oh, skycake." should be the athiest Ichthys. I'm starting this trend.
Inception, Momento, 28 Days Later, The Crazies, Carriers, Last of the Mohicans, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, The Crucible, Quarantine, Pandorum (parts), Alien, Aliens (for different reasons), T2, 30 Days of Night, Sin City, The Emperor's New Groove, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, The Ring, Zombieland
Gears of War, Bioshock, Alan Wake, the Silent Hill Series, Resident Evil (0 - 4!), Fallout 3, Halo ODST, Condemned 1 & 2, Dead Space among other video games. :D
Oceanlab, DJ Encore, Eric Prydz, Tiesto, Guetta, Shiny Toy Guns, Oakenfold, Meiko, Loreena McKennitt, the Offspring
I spend a lot of time adding to my "things I want to learn to do" list. Some entries at the top include: learn to create special effects models and costumes, learn to play the cello, and write a novel."
Proper grammar and punctuation! Please use them, people!! If you have any questions or doubts about what these are, Penny Arcade has a fantastic PSA on the subject.