(b) I tend to follow directors more closely than actors, a few perennial favorites are Woody Allen, Altman, Godard (I love Truffaut too), Kurosawa, Scorsese, Welles, Billy Wilder, Zhang Yimou. I have a special love of noir (my fave is probably either The Big Sleep or Touch of Evil, though Blue Velvet is pretty noir) and artsy-trashy directors like Almodovar, Jodorowsky and John Waters. I've been trying to get more acquainted with some of the quintessential rugged American filmmakers like Fuller and Pekinpah, both of whom are pretty interesting.
(c) Lately the playlist includes: UK garage mixes, Gossip, Baroness, Black Flag, Eric Dolphy, Ravel, Erik Satie, Keith Jarrett's recordings of the Shostakovich preludes & fugues, an assortment of Indian classical music (which is still new territory to me). Other folks who have played a big role in my musical upbringing, a brief list includes Blondie, Captain Beefheart, Coil, De La Soul, Dead Kennedys, Diamanda Galas, Geto Boys, Iron Maiden, Jesus Lizard, Melvins, Pixies, Public Enemy, Rush, Smiths, Social Distortion, Sonic Youth, Frank Zappa.
(d) Lots of cheap Asian/Mexican style dishes these days.