Speaking of movies, I discovered that simply listening to one without the visuals can be a fascinating experience.
While I was painting Ma'al, I put in several movies that I was very familiar with (Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean, Emperor's New Groove, etc.) so I didn't have to look at the screen. I learned, for example, that the music during Will and Jack Sparrow's sword fight in the blacksmith's shop is perfectly timed to their sword blows, and that movie soundtracks are WAY more important for conveying what is currently happening than I've ever given them credit for before. I could tell when something was about to go wrong just from the music. It was pretty awesome. :)