Karan Cariappa wrote:Has anyone asked you what YOUR favorite comics/novels/movies are?
From time to time. It's an impossible list to construct exhaustively, but I'll jot down a few that come readily to mind.
Anything Hellboy, or anything by Mignola for that matter. Shanower's Age of Bronze and Linda Medley's Castle Waiting are high on my list. Dave Sim and Gerhard's Cerebus was a must-read, when it was coming out, and one I have to revisit about once a year. Same with Jeff Smith's Bone.
Clavell's Shogun is one I have to reread every two years or so. I agree with Orson Scott Card that it's the very best example of the (usually fantasy worldbuilding) subgenre of "A hero from our world goes to an alien world and has adventures as he explores that new world in detail, revealing it to us readers as he discovers it." Herbert's Dune used to be tops on my list, but I have to admit that the bad film adaptations, along with the truly wretched prequel novels done by his son and the collaborator whose name I can't recall, have soiled my love for the originals, I am very sorry to say.
Some nearly perfect movies are: Shakespeare in Love, which even the usually-horrible Gwyneth Paltrow couldn't ruin, Elizabeth, Godfather's one and two, but dear God not three, Patton, and just about anything that had The Duke in it.
In the nearly perfect catagory: Rome, Deadwood, The Shield, How I Met Your Mother (solely for the Barny character), The Office, both Brit and American versions, Battlestar Galactica (based entirely on the new series as the original series was a vast bag o' crap), and Band of Brothers, which I have to watch again and again and it never fails to amaze me, no matter how many previous viewings. And, though not perfect by any means, I have a fondness for: Sopranos (good, but spoiled by all of the filler episodes, dream sequences and the idiotic devotion to mental-therapy), Monk, House and The Unit. Things I absolutely loathe on TV are: Any so-called reality shows, which are not reality in any sense of the word, but are simple gameshows in every sense of the term.
That's a very short list that doesn't begin to skim the surface of what I enjoy.