Here's my taste in films: I really don't care for one particular type of genre. What I do care about is an interesting and original story, with characters that I can relate to, as well as amplify the story. Such as films like Ikiru, It's A Wonderful Life and Under The Flag Of The Rising Sun.
Also, a little symbolism never hurts, as long as it's subtle and is not the main focus of the film. But, if it does, I really won't mind, so long as they find a way to keep the film entertaining. Films like Blade Runner and The Graduate: I can't stand them. They're interesting, but incredibly boring. However, films like Dr. Strangelove and Night Of The Hunter both manage to keep the symbolism to a minimum, and that adds to the overall impact for me.
Lately, I've become a huge fan of The Twilight Zone. I'd say its affected my taste in films, as well. Twilight Zone did an incredible combining real-life events and trails with the supernatural, pushing what can be done it's most extreme. So now, films that are able to be impossible, yet at the same time seems like it could really happen, are amazing to me. I guess the best case of this would Battle Royale and Vertigo.
I do enjoy some straight-action films, depending on what's involved. For the longest time, I use to enjoy nothing but those kinds of films. Films like Terminator 2 or Mothra vs. Godzilla were enjoyable for me at a young age, and they're still enjoyable today. IMO, both of those films manage to sneak in a great story and good characters, so they would also fall into the first paragraph I talked about.
However, some action films I find little to no enjoyment out of. Like the Star Wars Prequels. Why? Because it's nothing but porn. Now, before you ask, porn does not have to be just sex. It can be action too. Porn can be defined as action after action, with no motivation, and no story behind it. That would be how you could classify a lot of action films. But that's just my opinion.