I watched the "The Last Samurai" yesterday - excellent movie. Those Japanese are so disciplined and honourable and spiritual (well, atleast according to the movie). I couldn't believe it was actually Tom Cruise - this is the first movie of his that I really appreciated.
Read "The Bourne Identity" by Robert Ludlum - this guy was such a genius - he has the ability to keep the reader on the edge of the seats throughout the book. Inspiring stuff.