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I try to make films, not movies. I’ve never liked the expression ‘movie’, but it sounds elitist to say that.
My dream role would probably be a psycho killer, because the whole thing I love about movies is that you get to do things you could never do in real life, and that would be my way of vicariously experiencing being a psycho killer. Also, it’s incredibly romantic.
I said, ‘I’m going to the United States to study with Stella Adler and do movies because nobody here has done it and my passion is films.’ But I came here and I didn’t speak English, I didn’t have a green card, I didn’t know I had to have an agent, I couldn’t drive, I was dyslexic.
There were so few examples of Asian or Asian-American lead characters on American TV or even in the movies. And the ones that have existed for so long were either stereotypical or offensive in some way, or just not reflective of the lives of people in the community.
I just kind of hang out, watch movies and play golf.
In primary school when I was 6-7 years old, I always go to theater with my uncle, and I don’t know why I like the atmosphere, dark only. The screen has some lighting, that kind of things, you can see the movie star and so that’s why I like movies.
Right now I just want to chill for a while. Take a hiatus from all the craziness. To clean my house, see my family. Just see some movies and pick some strawberries.
I do get approached every day by people who say, ‘Why don’t you make more movies?’ I don’t really miss it when I get to go and watch my daughter in the Christmas pageant.
My favourite movies are ‘Jawbreaker’ and ‘Heathers.’
Life is short. I’m 47 years old. I’ve got 10 years to go where I can be the best I can be. I want those 10 years to be precious, not like before, cranking two or three movies a year. I’ve made a ton of movies in my life, but so what?
Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard.
I like all of John Carpenter’s movies. ‘The Thing’ is my favorite.
I hate movies that tell people what to think. I’m proud that Democrats thought ‘Thank You For Smoking’ was their film and Republicans thought it was theirs. I’m proud that pro-choice people thought ‘Juno’ was their film and pro-life people thought it was theirs.
Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.
I make movies about people in spiritual crisis because it’s a way for me to spend the time, the energy, the focus and the obsession to come to terms with my own spiritual crisis.
I am a keen observer of my own films; I also try to discover myself through the movies I make.
I’m not a real movie star. I’ve still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
I just like to act and write and produce. To me, making movies is the ultimate goal.
I think there’s a vague sense out there that movies are becoming more and more unreal. I know I’ve felt it.
I like Hindi movies. Although my wife thinks the hero and heroine breaking into a song and dance every five minutes is ridiculous, but I find them entertaining.
I turned down ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Spider-Man,’ two movies that I knew would be phenomenally successful, because I had already made movies like that before and they offered no challenge to me. I don’t need my ego to be reminded.
Escapism always has its place, but when movies connect to other things around us and suggest implications that haven’t been considered before, that’s a dividend, too, even when our love of movies becomes complicated as a result.
Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
There was never anything else I wanted to pursue. It was always theater, and movies are a fairly new thing.
I didn’t have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies.
I am so happy because I want more people to like martial arts movie not just martial arts audience. Even martial arts can be used in comedy, in drama, in horror movies, in different kinds of movies.
Inspiration comes from everywhere. From life, observing people, etc. From movies and books you love. From research.
Like any other creative person, I would make home videos, and I would make sketches with my friends, and I would make my own movies, so I have some love for the creative process.
When we talk about how movies used to be made, it was over 100 years of film, literal, physical film, with emulsion, that we would expose to light and we would get pictures.
Funny things happen to you in movies for silly reasons.
‘The Blair Witch Project’ is great for motion sickness. The first time you see it, it is extremely creepy. The first time I saw it, I saw it on a bootleg tape on a tour bus before it had even come out. It was one of the first movies I’d seen like that. I didn’t even realize it was a damn movie!
It’s like, once you’ve seen Tom Hanks win the Golden Globes, the Oscars, you’ve seen his wife, what kind of car he drives, when you watch his movies, you can’t fully get really lost in them.
The more technology we introduce into society, the more people will aggregate, will want to be with other people: movies, rock concerts, shopping.
It’s hard work making movies. It’s like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it’s emotional, tense work. If you don’t really love it, then it ain’t worth it.
I don’t want to dress up a picture with just my face.
You make movies for the people. If critics happen to like them too, well, that’s a home run.
Right now, more people enjoy movies, music, television and movies than they do video games.
My folks always let me go to the movies every Saturday. We were really motion-picture goers.
I couldn’t stand it. It was what I thought I always wanted. I was there every day in the trenches, and I hated everything about that job. But what I loved – and what I got from ‘The Tooth Fairy’ – was to see how studio movies were released.
I’ve made a lot of very small movies that may not have had a large initial audience. Then it shows up on cable.
For all of my movies, half of the press always hates it.
I always shoot my movies with score as certainly part of the dialogue. Music is dialogue. People don’t think about it that way, but music is actually dialogue. And sometimes music is the final, finished, additional dialogue. Music can be one of the final characters in the film.
When we are part of mainstream cinema, we want our movies to be seen by maximum viewers.
We just compare our lifestyle to movies so you can relate to them. When I say, ‘I bought a carpet from Aladdin so I could finesse and do magic,’ that means I had to get me a new whip or I had to get me something in disguise to work my magic, to finesse, to get out of here.
If you watch most of the stuff on TV and in movies, it’s usually put-down humor. It’s like somebody being mean or cynical or thoughtless to another person. I never wanted to be that type of comedian.
I’m definitely a romantic comedy dude because I’m a big romantic at heart. I’m a softy, so it’s always nice to watch movies that make you think that love at first sight is actually possible.
If I showed you scripts from my first few movies, the descriptions of my characters all said ‘the ugly girl’.
The problem with most Hollywood movies is they don’t give the director enough control.
I love movies, but I would love to write as many graphic novels as people would read from me.
I enjoy certain things, but I don’t go out; I don’t party. I just like watching movies, making fun music, and having a good time hanging out with the people who helped me get here – I’m a really simple guy.
I think that I used to love Hollywood movies. I remember great phases and moments. But, unfortunately, now is not the moment.
I’ve made 122 movies, and I daresay there’s a picture of mine showing somewhere in the world every day.
I do intelligent roles. I don’t want to be labeled as doing silly movies. I’m more mature than kids my age because I’m constantly surrounded by adults.
Back 20 years ago, there was a division between movie actors and TV actors. That’s kind of gone away. People who have had a lot of success in movies in the past now want to be on TV. There used to be much more of a quality division between TV and movies, and that’s kind of not the case anymore.
In today’s world, America’s soft power is commonly thought to reside in the global popularity of Hollywood movies, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Starbucks.
People say that my movies are violent. I do not think so.
There’s not much to do in Atlanta, so the cast went to the gym together, went shopping together, and dinner was always a group thing. It’s that whole summer-camp experience that making movies tends to be anyway.
The tango reminds me of movies.
Even today, in our progressive times, in most movies that come out, the men have to have biceps and the women have to be thin or something.
Claire Denis’s ‘Beau Travail’ is one of Denis’s greatest achievements. One of the most mysterious and beautiful endings in movies.
My family loves movies. My dad and I used to eat a huge breakfast, and then we’d just go hang out at the theater all day together. We loved movies like ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘James Bond.’ We were both big action-adventure movie fans. So I kind of grew up with an appreciation for film.
I’m on the playstation, or else I go out and play football. I enjoy movies and sitcoms. I love reading motivational books too.
If your goal is to be the biggest movie star in the world, a 10-movie contract is gold. It was never my goal. Up until now, I made movies – and I have a nice house, a nice car. I’m fortunate, happy and grateful. Life is good.
I really don’t think I will do the dancing type of movies with ‘jhatka-matkas’ any more. Every actor goes through a phase, and so did I.
Movies are boring. It’s like watching paint dry. I did a little role in a movie, and it was eight lines. I was there for three days. It’s just horrible. Television is 15 hour days. Movies are 18 hour days. And it’s 18 hours of doing not a thing.
‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Big, big, big smash for me. My birth of the love of cinema was born with ‘Close Encounters’ and ‘2001.’ Those sci-fi movies I saw when I was a little kid.
That’s probably when I get the most angry at American movies, when they just so cynically manipulate the audience without even trying to give a good story.
There are so many great actors, but I really have a lot of respect for Johnny Depp. I’ve seen a lot of movies with him in it and, even if it’s a film that wasn’t as successful as you thought it would be, I’ve never seen him put in a bad performance. My favorite actors from history have to be Steve McQueen and James Dean.
When I was a little boy, there was no sound in the movies.
Rejecting offers has not been easy for me, especially when the movies involve some of my favourite actors and directors.
One doesn’t need a particular height or body to be a villain in movies. He needs the brain and the look.
I’ve played a lot of bad guys in my time, especially in movies. It’s delightful playing the villain. It’s almost the most interesting and most complicated role in a film.
Most of the performances I see on TV and in movies are so self-conscious and overacted. I would think a natural actress would be welcome.
I didn’t like some of the movies that were coming into me.
Providing free access to research papers on websites like Sci-Hub breaks so-called copyright law that was made to taboo free distribution of information on the Internet. That includes music, movies, documentaries, books, and research articles. Not everyone agrees that copyright law should exist in the first place.
Success begets success. I’ve been offered a lot of movies now that ’30 Rock’ has been successful.
That was the moment I wanted to use bitcoin: when I saw Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill. It’s like, when you see all the slave movies, it’s like, why you gotta keep reminding us about slavery? Why don’t you put Michael Jordan on a $20 bill?
The average Indian doesn’t care about Hollywood movies because they have far too many movies of their own to watch, to miss, and I hope a story like ‘Million Dollar Arm,’ that is actually about India and deals with these two Indian kids, resonates over there and makes people want to go and see the movie.
Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.
In ’82 and ’83, that was the rise of the VCR. Every Friday, my brother and I would go to Crazy Eddie’s – which was a video store in Manhattan – and rent five horror movies. And that’s basically what we did, basically, for three years. Becoming social misfits.
It’s simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they’re done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it’s what they see. That’s where my head is at.
I grew up as a huge comic fan and a huge Batman & Robin fan. I watched all the TV shows, went to all the movies – I even had the lunch box; man, I was in!
I just went to your typical public schools, and my dad would take us to the movies every week, or he’d buy scalped tickets to San Antonio Spurs games. I remember I was four or five years old and my parents, who were very young, took us to see The Police in Austin, and Iggy Pop opened.
Jason Voorhees was a kid who was picked on at summer camp, and Michael Myers was someone vilified by his own family. I think that’s why gay people like horror movies, because it’s seeking revenge on the privileged.
And I love Mel Brooks. My Dad loved his movies, too, they’re awesome, the kind of thing that if you’re in for ten minutes, you’re in for two hours.
We’re really trying to make movies for TV. Producers and writers are taking risks that they weren’t in the past.
I thought Star Wars was too wacky for the general public.
I’m not a nerd, obviously. Do I look like one? I’m not someone who sits at home and doesn’t like to go out, doesn’t like to watch movies. I like to live my life.
For four years, I worked as one of the general shop crew on movies like ‘Naked Lunch’ and ‘Arachnophobia.’ I made lots of bugs.
I’ve always been optimistic. And I have a feeling that it happened because of going to all those movies with my grandmother in the ’40s because there was no cynicism.
With bad movies, I have this image in my head of the director and the editor in the editing room watching a scene that is not happening, looking at each other and saying, ‘Put some music in there.’
I’d seen all of John Hughes’s movies. All the Spielberg stuff. A bunch of ’80s horror, like ‘Evil Dead.’
What’s so cool about movies is once you’re done with the movie, you put it away and come up with a whole new different idea with different characters and a different world. But in TV, you build these characters, and you build this world, and then you’re there for however long you do the show.
There are so many rom-coms that I think are insane. But they’re the kind of movies that I put on when I need something that I know isn’t gonna horrify me before I go to sleep.
I get a lot of action scripts. I get low-budget vehicles that will end up right on the video shelf. I want to do movies that I want to talk about, that I’m proud of, but I also want to make a living.
Dumb & Dumber’ is one of my and Glock’s favorite movies. We do stuff in real life that’s just like they do in that movie.
Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.
Changes are not unusual – I mean, most movies, when they release them, they make changes. But somehow, when I make the slightest change, everybody thinks it’s the end of the world.
I’m not making movies for kids or family audiences.
One of the reasons you take a role is because it’s something you always wanted to do, from going to the movies as a kid. I always wanted to do a 1950s movie, for example. And I got a chance to be in ‘Peggy Sue Got Married.’ I would have taken only one line of dialogue to be in that.
With ‘Brick’ there was the Dashiell Hammett influence, and with ‘Brothers Bloom’ there was a really strong Fellini influence – both those movies wore that on their sleeve.
The end of a picture is always an end of a life.
Movies can provide tear-inducing or comically-entertaining representations of love, but many agree that its deeper conflicting complexities often seem unfathomable.
Movies have takes. But plays are like life – you don’t really get takes.
Being a kid growing up with Kurosawa films and watching Sergio Leone movies just made me love what it could do to you, and how it could influence you – make you dream.
Coming from where I came from, the Midwest, in the era I was born, the ’30s, movies were glorious fun – Bette Davis dying or whatever. But whatever they were, they were not serious.
But I like schlocky violent movies, but I’m for strict gun control. But then there was a time I was at a laser tag place, and I had such a good time hiding in a corner shooting at people. In other words, I’m your basic confused human when it comes to violence.
The reason I chose the movies that I did was based on where they were being filmed.
Some of the roles that are challenging are more in theater and TV. In movies, there’s a tendency to cast actors in roles that have been successful for them. It has to pay for itself.
Whatever happened to books? Suddenly everybody’s talking about these 100-hour movies called ‘Breaking Bad’. People are talking about TV the same way they used to talk about novels back in the 1980s. I like to think I hang out with some pretty smart people, but all they talk about is ‘Breaking Bad.’
Give me a couple of years, and I’ll make that actress an overnight success.
Often we’d secretly like to do the very things we discipline ourselves against. Isn’t that true? Well, here in the movies I can be as mean, as wicked as I want to – and all without hurting anybody.
The first two movies I directed failed, when I was 21 and 23, and that was the greatest thing that could have happened.
When I did ‘Bird,’ it was a surprise to some people, first because I wasn’t in it and second because most of the films I’d been doing were cop movies or westerns or adventure films, so to be doing one about Charlie Parker, who was a great influence on American music, was a great thrill for me.
Because I work so much, people think that I have a team writing for me, but that’s not why I chose to write music for films. I chose to write music because I like to write music. So every single note that comes out of my studio is written by me, and I wouldn’t be able to do two movies at the same time.
If you Google a list and just see all the movies that came out in 1984, they’re classics, and they define that decade.
One of the problems with science fiction, which is probably one of the reasons why I haven’t done one for many, many years, is the fact that everything is used up. Every type of spacesuit is used up, every type of spacecraft is vaguely familiar, the corridors are similar, and the planets are similar.
I feel like these days, people want to escape and let go when they’re watching movies. They want to empty their minds when resting.
You can even express movies and poetry using video games. For those reasons, I’ve decided to create stories through video games.
I guess a younger me would like that I tried acting? Although I swore that I’d actually go to L.A. and try to make it in movies and I didn’t do that. I did try, though. And I found that I didn’t like it.
I’ve never wanted to be the hottest star. I always wanted to do good movies.
I stopped watching horror movies after I watched ‘Candyman’ when I was – I don’t know, fifteen or something. I remember my sister rented it, ‘Candyman,’ and it really, really scared me. And so it was only after I found myself in a horror film that I really went back and kind of rediscovered the genre.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
I’ve found that if you wear a beret, people think you’re either a cabdriver or a producer of dirty movies.
It seems when I put together records, as Henley used to say, they’re just like movies. They should have action, tension, love scenes, places to relax.
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government asked me to serve as a fellow at its Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. After my varied and celebrated career in television, movies, publishing, and the lucrative world of corporate speaking, being a fellow at Harvard seemed, frankly, like a step down.
A man becomes what he dreams. And I dreamed of being in the movies. I was brought up on Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, and Cary Grant.
If we give people the ability to buy a lot more because they can store a lot more, for a company that creates TV shows and movies, that’s fantastic.
I was a little concerned that a lot of people thought I wrote Merchant Ivory movies. I also thought if I was ever going to write something strange and difficult, that was the time.
The business of horror movies goes up and down, and people are always like, ‘It’s working,’ ‘It’s not working,’ but generally, I think if you make a good movie that’s scary, people will come.
I’ve been really enjoying writing articles and writing music and music for movies.
I was influenced when I was younger by the cartoon movies that Disney put out, like Cinderella and what not. I watched those movies over and over when I was younger and the music is ingrained into my head. Nowadays, I’m still humming the tunes. It taught me the fundamentals.
Sex is a doorway to something so powerful and mystical, but movies usually depict it in a completely flat way.
I’ve had nine of my books adapted to film, and almost all were enjoyable. I’ve been very lucky with Hollywood, and look forward to more movies being adapted. But I don’t get involved in that process. I know nothing about making movies and I stay away from it and hope for the best.
I play drums and guitar, I snowboard, I do martial arts and acrobatics. I go to the movies every Friday.
With ‘Girls’… I feel like there’s an impulse to try to make it look better or neater or more perfect, and when I watch theater, television, movies, it’s always the imperfection I’m always more attracted to.
I go to the movies at least five times a week, and after a while everything becomes a blur to me.
You see so many earnest characters in movies all the time, everyone has a purpose.
The representation of gay characters on screen is important for us all to think about because there are sadly too few representations of gay characters on screen in mainstream cinema. If Marvel starts making movies about gay superheroes, then we’ll be in a really great place. We’re not at that place.
In the second half of primary school, I liked live-action shows and giant-monster movies, and then in junior high, I got into regular movies.
The best movies have one sentence that they’re exploring, a thesis, something that people can argue about over dinner afterward.
The reality is that diversity as an overall subject has to continue to be addressed onscreen. That goes beyond having a gay superhero. There should be a black superhero, a Latino superhero and, while we’re at it, we still aren’t seeing nearly enough women behind the scenes and as the anchors of movies.
I did a few movies, but the word ‘star’… I cannot compare to a star like Clint Eastwood. I used to call Clint ‘Larry Dickman’ when he would come to my show; then, he started using the name when he would go under cover in a ‘Dirty Harry’ movie. That’s why he’s a movie star… he’s so creative.
If your movies don’t perform, they just stop calling you.
People say sometimes that I’m distracted. I’m not distracted. I’m being smart. I’m capitalizing while the iron is hot. That’s why I’m trying to do movies. I do the podcast. I do a radio show. I work on FOX. I have a gym; I have a lot of things going on. That’s because when I’m done, I want to be set up.
I grew up watching his movies; I know everyone did, but I really feel that a lot of my formative years were informed by Woody Allen films.
The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.
When you keep things responsible and manageable, you can make some interesting movies that you maybe couldn’t make otherwise.
I used to love martial arts movies starring Bruce Lee and Jean Claude Van Damme. In one of Van Damme’s movies, he would break a pine tree. I would kick banana trees because I used to live on a farm. My father would get mad at me because I would break all of the banana trees around.
It’s all about escapism. That’s essentially what all movies are about. It’s a vicarious thrill.
Then I went through a whole bunch of crap with my lousy movies and pop records. I had people behind me kind of steering me in that direction, but it wasn’t really my bag.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
Streaming TV shows, movies, and other types of video over the Internet to all manner of devices, once a fringe habit, is now a squarely mainstream practice. Even people still paying for cable or satellite service often also have Netflix or Hulu accounts.
What you don’t want is for violence and gore to become more important than character and structure. A lot of slasher movies from the eighties were only focused on violence and gore, which robs the human beings in the story of any empathetic reaction from the audience, and instead makes them cheer for the gore.
I’m like the luckiest girl in the world. I’ve gotten to be a princess, I’ve gotten to work with the Muppets. A lot of my childhood dreams about who I wanted to be when I was a grown-up, I at least get to play them in movies.
The script is a blueprint for the film – there are very few bad scripts that make good movies. If you really like the character and understand the utility it serves within the movie, that’s a part of my process.
I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else.
I haven’t seen about half the movies I’ve done. You know, you’ve got to make a living, but some I don’t get a good vibe with.
I love film. I am very blessed to be making movies.
Child actors come off as work being their life and doing it 24/7, but I still have those days where it’s totally, like, whatever: shopping, movies, adventures.
It’s a political and manipulative industry. Actors vie for the same roles, movies are snatched away. Have I ever been manipulated? Yes. But I haven’t manipulated anyone because if you think from the heart, you cannot be calculative. I have spent nights crying.
There should be a point to movies. Sure, you’re giving people a diversion from the cold world for a bit, but at the same time, you pass on some facts and rules and maybe a little bit of wisdom.
When I have time off, my friends and I will go to Universal Studios, the movies, out to eat, and shopping. I’m happiest when I’m just hanging out with my friends… it really doesn’t matter what we do.
I don’t see as many movies as I used to. Or, I should say, as many movies as I would like to.
Just as movies, radio, and television evolved into new forms over time, the ebook will also become something more than just a way to read books. It will become its own specific and unique way of creating and sharing experience.
Acting is not about being famous, it’s about exploring the human soul.
I think the idea of a distant, far off dystopia, where the world is completely different from what we have now, is good, but it’s been done. Especially in YA movies.
I would say that ‘After the Storm’ is much more informed by my personal life than my other movies.
I am in movies basically for the money, and frankly, I have a hard time believing those who say they act for the love of acting!
Growing up I watched a lot of Hong Kong movies, I watched big stars like Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau, and Tony Leung on the big screens.
Sex is a must topic. Even every Bollywood movies has such highlighted content.
Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.
Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything’s okay. I don’t make those kinds of movies.
I like movies about longing and desperation, and dark and light things, stories about people struggling to raise children, and to have relationships and be intimate with each other.
I oftentimes find with movies that the heavier the onscreen situation is, the more levity there is off screen. It’s almost out of necessity.
When I first started writing for television in the seventies and eighties, the Internet didn’t exist, and we didn’t need to worry about foreign websites illegally distributing the latest TV shows and blockbuster movies online.
I was never that into the movies. Never. Even as a youngster. I became interested in movie music only because of the studio orchestras in Hollywood.
Movie-making is serious business. The director and the crew are already under a lot of pressure to give their best to the audience. Therefore, the best part for me as an actor is to act well in the movies and make a jolly atmosphere with the co-stars on the sets.
I couldn’t be happier about being a part of ‘Hunger Games’ and to play Katniss. I have a huge responsibility to the fans of this incredible book and I don’t take it lightly. I will give everything I have to these movies and to this role to make it worthy of Suzanne Collins’ masterpiece.
I think Dustin Hoffman has been in at least three of my favorite movies of all time with things like ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Marathon Man.’ Getting a bit more arthouse and darker, ‘The Graduate’ – incredible, barrier-breaking movie, ‘The Graduate.’
I always loved silent movies. I was not a specialist, but I loved them. And when I started directing, I became really fascinated by the format – how it works, the device of the silent movie. It’s not the same form of expression as a talkie. The lack of sounds makes you participate in the storytelling.
I don’t love horror movies with something surreal happening. That doesn’t work for me. What’s terrifying is something that could actually happen to me and what I would do. I don’t know how to throw a punch, and I’ve never had to do it.
‘Wayne’s World’ is one of the best movies of all time.
I like movies, because it’s kind of a combination of every art, it’s like it’s picture, it’s story, it’s music, it’s kind of like a clash and a collide of every art. It’s really neat.
I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
You do get very tired sometimes, when you’re sitting around for hours in movies. You get depleted.
I came to Southbury because I wanted to live a more simple life. When I was a child, I saw lots of movies about happy people living in Connecticut. And ever since then, that was where I wanted to live. I thought it would be like the movies. And it really is. It’s exactly what I hoped it would be.
I’m not a film buff. I don’t watch a lot of movies.
Plays close, movies wrap and TV series eventually get cancelled, and we were cancelled in three season.
Even in the big movies, if the scenes are very big, I’m not fond of them as much as I’m fond of small actor scenes.
There’s no difference between movies and television. None at all. Except in a lot of cases, television’s much better than movies.
The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie.
I dream of working with iconic directors such as Tim Burton, Baz Luhrmann, Terry Gilliam and Wes Anderson – so I’m setting my sights pretty high! My perfect role would be in a fairy-tale period piece, and I’m quite upset all the Harry Potter movies have been made as I’d love to have been in those.
I like cable: you only work four months out of the year and have the other eight months to do movies if you want.
Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot points but the actors are not playing them dramatically.
When you work in movies, or on TV shows, there are 50 other people involved. And it’s hard, man. They brainwash you to think you’re doing the right thing.
I make movies I want to see.
I’m proud of all the movies I’ve made. They’re not sequels, they’re not franchises. And the reason I pick my films carefully is that I don’t want to spit on my life. I like to think of myself as more than that.
We are brunch hounds. We also like movie dates. There’s a lot of diners, a lot of movies. We’re ‘simple pleasures’ people. It doesn’t have to be crazy. It could be a ‘Law and Order’ marathon on the couch, or it could be dinner or a show. We like to mix it up.
I had a certain career as an actor that I think was quite personal as well, and had a lot of integrity, but I wasn’t writing my own things or directing my own movies.
As most actors/actresses, I don’t like to watch my own movies, either, and I never look at the dailys while filming.
For a lot of my childhood, I didn’t want to direct movies because I didn’t really know what directing was.
I make movies for teenage boys. Oh dear, what a crime.
My entire life was making movies.
Bad movies: they can be tatty classics of crazed ineptitude, like Edward D. Wood’s ‘Glen or Glenda’ and ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space,’ or big-budget misfires like the 1987 ‘Ishtar,’ a would-be comedy that sent Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman on a Hope-Crosby Road to Dystopia.
There are different reasons to make movies.
I like happy endings in movies. I think life has a happy ending. When it’s all said and done, it’s all something worthwhile, and I want my movies to reflect that. There are enough things to be sad about. When you pop in a movie, let the message be one that’s one of hope.
A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.
Books are better than movies because you design the set the way you want it to look.
Well, I’m a consumer as well. I go to the movies with my popcorn and believe everything I see.
Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.
I don’t like scary movies.
My favorite movies of all times is ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ and I love ‘Gone With the Wind.’ I’d love to play some Southern belle or something where I owned a plantation.
My favorite thing about making movies is that it’s the only area of human life that I’ve ever discovered where I can walk away from somebody in the middle of a conversation with somebody and they won’t be offended.
When it comes to casting for movies, it is a priority that you cast right. The guiding principle must be what is right for the movie, that is the basis you cast someone, not because so-and-so is a friend.
We pay for content that we like, and we like the content we pay for. It’s a lot more satisfying to pay $7.50 for Steven Spielberg’s next epic than it is to watch my home movies for free. Even for me.
I figure you’re only here for a matter of moments. Ever since I was a kid watching movies I’ve always wanted to make people laugh or have some sort of emotional reaction.
I think my movies are very much about the female gaze… But it’s not going to happen magically if you’re a woman. It’s still something you have to deconstruct, but it’s not something you have to be vigilant about.
I think in Israel there is so much talent in the TV world because there’s less movies done.
And in movies you must be a gambler. To produce films is to gamble.
I guess I was a child actor. Acting was one of the things I did alongside going to school: I’d be playing guitar, I’d be playing soccer, and I would be acting in movies.
I like flying to New York from London. It’s like a day off for me. No phone or e-mails. Food, wine, iPod, movies, snoozing.
The great thing for me about ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ is it’s a throwback to the old fashioned Hollywood movie that you can watch with your family, has a message, and is funny and entertaining. They didn’t call them faith-based movies; they just called them good movies.
I mainly listen to the music that’s playing during movies. It can be the theme to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘The Equalizer,’ stuff like that. I like the blend of orchestra with modern instrumentation. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do.
I think that’s what distinguishes Schmidt, really. In the movies now, so much of what is appealing to an audience is the dramatic or has to do with science fiction, and Schmidt is simply human. There’s no melodrama; there’s no device, It’s just about a human being.
Malaysian Tamil movies are amateurish, with songs picked up from our old Tamil movies and inserted in between.
I’ve always known that I’ll have a career for the rest of my life because they’ll always make movies about men, and men need women in their lives. But, when it comes to telling a woman’s story, they’re complex, circular, and not genre-driven.
I am in so many movies that are on TV at 2:00 a.m. that people think I am dead.
You can’t intellectually purge yourself of who you are. Whatever that is, it’s going to come out in the wash, the film wash. What you are is going to be relevant, if not to yourself, to the movies you make.
I’ve seen little pieces of ‘Interview with a Vampire’ when it was on TV, but I kind of always go yuck! I don’t watch R-rated movies, so that really cuts down on a lot of the horror.
Movies have been my way to get out of my backyard. I’m trying to let people know that movies change people’s lives.
All I watch is war movies. The stories be touching… just to see what they go through on both sides of the fence.
I’ve known Ben Stiller for a minute. One of my first movies was ‘Along Came Polly.’
I worked with Ismail Merchant on ‘The Mystic Masseur,’ I did ‘Sakina’s Restaurant,’ I’ve done plays, I’ve been on Broadway, I’ve done movies, I’ve done TV… but nothing has had the pop culture penetrative impact as ‘The Daily Show’ has. It’s the nature of the beast.
I would love to do more movies. I’d like to get into some theater, too, if I could, just to learn more. I want to do gritty performances that I’m proud of. It doesn’t matter to me if four people see it or millions of people see it, as long as I perform in such a way that people go, ‘Wow!’
Sometimes over things that I did, movies that didn’t turn out very well – you go, ‘Why did you do that?’ But in the end, I can’t regret them because I met amazing people. There was always something that was worth it.
Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts.
Making people laugh is giving, and it’s healing, too, when people can go up to the movies and forget about their problems. It’s a good thing. That’s why I want to work.
I call ‘Community’ the best day job in the world, because between takes, I get to write music. I get to write sketches. I get to write movies. It’s the best job ever.
An often-repeated assertion in the body of film criticism I have written is the assertion that movies do not just mirror the culture of any given time; they also create it.
The reason I keep making movies is I hate the last thing I did. I’m trying to rectify my wrongs.
Film spectators are quiet vampires.
I was a student of law as my grandmother wanted me to be a lawyer. But my passion has always been movies.
When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
Like Hollywood movies, MTV and blue jeans, fast food has become one of America’s major cultural exports.
We’re only on the earth for a short period of time. Movies aren’t enough. I want to take my success and parlay it into something bigger and better.
When I was a kid, the only way I saw movies was from the back seat of my family’s car at the drive-in.
Movies are not scripts – movies are films; they’re not books, they’re not the theatre.
The movie I’ve seen the most is ‘Ghostbusters’ or ‘Ghostbusters II.’ I used to watch those movies nonstop.
I think of all my movies as home movies! It’s just that some are more expensive than others.
I show elements of the set in my pictures because it’s not real. When I see movies, I often love the ‘making of’ more than the movie itself. It’s not so final. When you have a woman just standing there, it doesn’t mean much.
I love making movies.
Making movies is controlled anarchy, chaos.
One of my gripes about movies is that people take them so seriously, and the moneymaking aspects are so brutal.
There’s only one thing that can kill the movies, and that’s education.
Photoshop makes things look beautiful just as you have special effects in movies. It’s just a part of life.
I like the idea of movies having a magic element. How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It’s wonderful, isn’t it?
I made over forty Westerns. I used to lie awake nights trying to think up new ways of getting on and off a horse.
I just like movies that somehow expose the world in a way that’s different than you imagine it.
Good movies beget other good movies. So when a movie captures the imagination and hearts of people around the world, it’s going to have a positive influence on similar genres getting made.
A few years after ‘Melrose Place,’ when the luster of ‘Melrose Place’ wore off and what was left was just the stink, and I was just doing bad TV movies, that was a personal low point. I felt I needed to stop doing those, and I did.
I mean the cool thing about the movies is that you get to try on these different personalities and different styles.
There’s more to life than movies.
Really, with ‘Water Lilies’, the project was to end the movie where other movies would begin.
When we are in our dorms, we watch romance movies and dramas. When a romantic scene comes on, we hold on to each other and scream.
I think that life in Israel is sometimes bigger than the movies.
Editing is where movies are made or broken. Many a film has been saved and many a film has been ruined in the editing room.
I was so shy, I couldn’t stand up in front of people and speak. Now I’m in the next big three Bollywood movies.
All my good movies, nobody sees.
I produced six movies with Amy Robinson since the very early ’80s.
Everything I learned I learned from the movies.
I’m not someone who sits at home and doesn’t like to go out, doesn’t like to watch movies. I like to live my life.
Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
I feel I’ve done everything late in life. Got married late, and I didn’t do my first movie until I was 31. But in this crazy business, you never know what’s going to happen. Maybe after 20 years of making movies I’ll become an overnight sensation.
I have a sneaking suspicion that if there were a way to make movies without actors, George Lucas would do it.
In the morning, I’m like the Antonioni movies. I’m little sad. I haven’t the courage to start the day. In the evenings, I’m happier, more alive – like the character I play in ‘An Almost Perfect Affair.’
I’m in show business, and we have a long history here of making movies about law enforcement officers. If you’re my age, and you’re male, and you’re trying to get work, you’re going to run into those roles as opposed to having a long run of playing dancers.
I was a scared kid… I think I was born a nervous wreck, and I think movies were one way to find a way transferring my own private horrors to everyone else’s lives. It was less of an escape and more of an exorcism.
I’ll watch movies I like to see, Steve Jobs interviews, something that’s going to make me smart and then go to sleep.
I’ve been told that having an Instagram account will help me book more roles, get more endorsement deals. It makes you more of a brand. But I’m not interested. I want to build my fan base through movies and movies alone.
And who cares, five years down the road, what most movies made or didn’t make? If it’s good, it stands up.
All my movies are achingly personal.
I don’t care about movies. I tend to play badminton once a week.
You could just do independent movies, but I like bigger kind of studio movies, at least some of them.
I used to always sing my way into the movies and the basketball games or whatever. I’d sing for whoever’s on the door, and they’d let me in. I used to think I was Nat King Cole back in the day, you know. So I’d sing something like, ‘Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you,’ and they’d let me in.
There’s always been product placement in Bond movies.
I don’t really have any plans in terms of what I want to do – movies, television, theater – but I’d love to do a play in New York.
I never stopped studying Buddhism. In the past few years, in between movies, I do a retreat.
I never wanted to do the same kind of movies over and over anyway, so my theory on it all is I’m just gonna try and dodge the label and keep doing what I am doing.
I do not make movies to send any message, but my treatment makes my viewers think on the subject.
America had, for one thing, lived in anarchy for – until much more recently than Europe. We had the Wild West, where the cliche of the cowboy movies was the nearest sheriff is 90 miles away, and so you had to pack a gun and defend yourself.
The Asian culture has to be a part of what we see on TV and in movies.
Everybody was trying to put me in action movies and heroic roles, and I wanted to find more complex things. They just didn’t suit my taste, so I thought, ‘OK, I have to be brave enough to say no.’ And for a while, that hurt me immeasurably in the Hollywood world.
I used to love the ‘Star Trek’ movies, ‘Wrath of Khan’ and stuff like that. Loved those movies when I was a kid. And ‘Star Wars’ obviously was hands-down probably – I mean I had the sheets. I was a big fan of that.
Every time I make a picture the critics’ estimate of American public taste goes down ten percent.
I want to be like Tom Cruise from ‘The Outsiders’ and go on and do amazing movies for a long time.
It is painful to watch children trying to show off for parents who are engrossed in their cell phones. Children are nostalgic for the ‘good old days’ when parents used to read to them without the cell phone by their side or watch football games or Disney movies without having the BlackBerry handy.
I’ve always loved watching movies and pageants. As I grew up, my dreams turned into goals and I started working towards that direction. I took one step at a time and luckily, things worked out in my favour.
People know that I have a great love for cinema. Not just for commercial cinema, but for the ‘cinema d’auteur.’ But to me, two of the great ‘auteurs’ are actually actors and they both happen to be French. One is Alain Delon and the other is Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Growing up I didn’t watch movies.
I play a little guitar, write a few tunes, make a few movies, but none of that’s really me. The real me is something else.
My father is a silent cinema freak, so he took me to 1925 silent films that took forever, like 5-hour movies, but I’ve seen a lot of that stuff since I was young. And then I saw the film ‘Annie,’ and I just wanted to be Annie; I just wanted to be that orphan kid and wanted to sing and dance.
I’m willing to look my own nightmare on film, but if it endangers my life, then I’m willing to put my life before movies.
When I was a kid, we’d go to the movies, and my parents would reach out to everyone around us in the theater, most of whom could barely afford the movie ticket. They’d hand out popcorn and Milk Duds, strike up conversations with them, lend shoulders to cry on, learn their names, and smile at everyone.
Some people ask why people would go into a dark room to be scared. I say they are already scared, and they need to have that fear manipulated and massaged. I think of horror movies as the disturbed dreams of a society.
One of the best things about directing movies, as opposed to merely writing them, is that there’s no confusion about who’s to blame: you are.
‘The Exorcist’ is one of the finest movies ever made, and it just so happens to be a scary movie.
Fellini and Bunuel changed my life for me, they are my favourites. If it is true that movies are dreams, both of them, Fellini and Bunuel were shooting in a dream way.
My place of refuge is definitely watching movies and playing video games. I know that’s kind of hard to fathom.
I really like suspenseful movies and movies that make you think.
If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts.
I just knew that was what I wanted to do. I was going to perform as a singer; I was going to perform as a dancer, and I was, you know, going to do movies and be an actress. I was going to do it or die trying. That’s what my life was.
I’ve had lots of parts in movies that I’ve never seen. I mean no disrespect to them. It was really fun to go act, but I’m not calling my friends and saying, ‘I couldn’t be more proud of this picture. You should go see it.’
As an actor, I’m attracted to drama; as a director, it’s humor – because it’s the story of my life, and I can’t be that serious about it. Being alone is a big theme in all my movies, both as a director and as an actress.
I’ve played a lot of mothers in my movies.
For me, real life is hard work. Making movies is like a vacation for my soul.
I was always focussed on the modelling and succeeding in that, but now I’m completely focused on making it over in India in the movies.
I am more of an old black and white movies fan.
I would love to have my own show, and whatever movies come up, that would be fun to do too. But I love TV, and I love the art of the half-hour sitcom.
I just got an iPhone, which is cool, but I don’t download movies, I don’t watch Hulu, I don’t have Netflix. I don’t do any of that. But I do geek out to music.
I am a cynical optimist. Big opening weekends are like cotton candy. The films you will remember over time are the films that stick in the consciousness of the audience in a good way.
I’m obsessed with the power of music and image together. There’s also something about music videos that are incredibly glamorous – there’s a fetishistic aesthetic to them that you don’t really see in movies in the same way.
I’m from Hollywood. That’s where we make movies and TV shows… I’m not from down here in men-fus ten-uh-see, okay?
I was a big fan of Greta Garbo and that era of movies, so I dreamt watching those movies.
I just grew up watching a lot of movies. I’m attracted to this genre and that genre, this type of story, and that type of story. As I watch movies I make some version of it in my head that isn’t quite what I’m seeing – taking the things I like and mixing them with stuff I’ve never seen before.
Rom-coms have been one of my favorite genres of movies since I can remember. My favorite movie of all-time is ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ and then ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ and ‘Annie Hall’ is top five.
I do believe that movies are subject to a million interpretations.
I watched so many movies when I was a kid, and I’d watch them over and over.
The ‘Planet of the Apes’ movies made me wanna – probably unconsciously – be an actor. Seriously. And The Mummy – and ‘Hammer horror’ movies. ‘Fantastic.’ I loved stuff like that, and that stuff probably did more than anything to make me wanna do it.
All my movies are difficult to classify because they are very eclectic in mixing genres.
There’s so many great Western films. Let’s see, ‘Red River,’ any of those Henry Fonda movies are fantastic. Any of those John Ford movies are fantastic. I love all the Eastwood ‘Man With No Name’ movies, John Wayne, ‘True Grit.’
Some movies bring out the creativity in you. Every single audience member can become creative in the face of a particular movie. If you happen to like my films, it’s because my films provide a bed for you on which you can find your creativity. The Hollywood movies do not provide that for you.
I’ve never understood the cult of Hitchcock. Particularly the late American movies… Egotism and laziness. And they’re all lit like television shows.
You read a script and its based on ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’, and it goes right in the bin.
My skin is hard when it comes to my music. But with my movies, I’m still a virgin in a lot of ways. I’m not used to being shot down for no reason.
I’m a Christopher Nolan fiend. I love ‘Inception,’ ‘Interstellar,’ ‘The Prestige,’ ‘Memento’ and of course the Batman trilogy. I love all his movies.
Music has always been a great solace for me. It’s still something that gives me far more joy than movies, I must say. I love movies, too. But somehow, music can transport you. There are so many different kinds of experiences you can have with music.
Some mornings you wake up and think, gee I look handsome today. Other days I think, what am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift.
The instant that movies became described as character driven was the instant when characters stopped mattering in movies. In other words, the birth of the notion of the character-driven movie coincided with the birth of movies in which characters were incidental to the very activities in which they engaged.
I like Ryan Gosling as an actor. I watch all of his movies, and he’s Canadian and I just like his swag. I read his interviews and I’m a big fan of his.
I’ve been lucky, I’ve had movies that made a lot of money, so I don’t feel like I have to kill every time out. I don’t want that pressure. I don’t need it.
Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
I don’t get jobs in films by auditioning. I’m not blonde. You can’t place me in movies the way you can with certain actors. It’s very difficult for my agents.
Nature is full of drama. I know nothing about biology, about birds, about insects, about the details of politics. I just make movies about human interest stories.
I drove from Naples to the Amalfi coast in an Alpha Romeo 1969 Spider, which was lovely. There have been lots of movies made down there, and I felt a bit like James Bond – the driving is quite hairy. The locals have mopeds, but you wouldn’t catch me on a bike on those roads. A tank would be safer!
I’m probably only going to make 10 movies, so I’m already planning on what I’m going to do after that. That’s why I’m counting them. I have two more left. I want to stop at a certain point. What I want to do, basically, is I want to write novels, and I want to write theatre, and I want to direct theatre.
So, you need to balance it out with bigger and smaller movies.
It’s funny, because I don’t have a very addictive personality in any way except for things like stories or books or movies or TV. I just get, like, completely enamored and lost in that world, especially when one really hits the right way. Like, I just can’t do anything else.
I think you can always find interesting, complex and fascinating characters to play in different kinds of movies. It’s in your hands.
If I can, I love staying in pajamas all day and watching movies and eating good food.
It’s a required part of your film history to know who Woody is. His movies are so wonderful, and not just funny but so insightful about human behavior.
I loved being behind the scenes and finding out how they make movies.
Four or five years ago I decided to stop cursing the darkness – I had been complaining about movies and their content for years – and instead to do something about it by getting into the film business.
There are certain sounds that have a loaded past. Like the sound of a harp, if you go back to old movies, represents a dream sequence; it transports you there.
Movies are something people see all over the world because there is a certain need for it.
I don’t storyboard. I guess it dates back to my days in live television, where there was no possibility of storyboarding and everything was shot right on the spot – on the air, as we say – at the moment we were transmitting. I prefer to be open to what the actors do, how they interact to the given situation.
I watch a lot of movies. I’ve watched movies since I was a kid. My dad brought me to the theater once a week. Always – it was a must. So I think that influenced me a lot to be an actor.
The primary goal is to entertain people because… Fortunately, the kind of movies I have been doing have a certain message, they break taboos, and they are socially relevant. So it’s a great mix of content and entertainment.
If there wasn’t struggle you would never grow. You would never become who you’re meant to be. And let’s be honest. It would also be… super boring both in movies and in life.
Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second, and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.
The whole point of the game is not to stick with one thing, because when that one thing ends, then what are you going to do? For me, I have movies, ‘106 & Park,’ music, and other things to fall back on.
I think a sequel is a waste of money and time. I think movies should illuminate new stories.
I wanted to do something in film. I wanted to make my own movies. Something clicked in my brain, like, ‘Oh, I can physically act! I can go on open casting calls and audition for something.’
I don’t really want to do movies, but I tried. I don’t feel like acting is my thing; I think music is my strong area.
You don’t forget the movies, but you forget the details of them.
I have an immense amount of respect for acting. I’ve always loved movies and was always fascinated by movie-making. But to become an actor, I wanted to commit myself.
Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
We used to go to movies to see stories about ourselves. It would transport us to new worlds and we’d see aspects of ourselves reflected back.
I had the standard movie geek childhood, because for as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was make movies.
I think most fans of movies that have withstood the test of time don’t like for them to be tinkered with. I think that’s a pretty general consensus. You like to remember what you started with.
I think it would be very boring dramatically to have a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults. To me, the most important thing is to be truthful.
There’s nothing scarier than silence. A lot of horror movies lean on hits and score to try and create tension, which actually does the opposite. The best scares come from a desire to see the character overcome what they’re dealing with in the scene. If you care about the character you’ll care about the scare.
Television moves fast, and you don’t have the indulgences you have when you’re shooting movies of so many takes because there are tight deadlines.
For some people, the highlight of their entire month could be going out and eating a pizza or watching a movie at a multiplex, and here I am visiting four countries in a month. So, in that way, movies have made me socially aware. I now know how simple people live their lives.
I don’t believe in the so-called Latino explosion when it comes to movies. Jennifer Lopez doesn’t have an accent. She grew up in New York speaking English, not Spanish. Her success is very important because she represents a different culture, but it doesn’t help me.
Honestly, I’m not a big movie buff in general. The only movies I own is probably the ‘Indiana Jones’ trilogy.
For eight years I did effects for other movies until I got my movie made.
When I go to Batman movies, I always think, ‘Man, I would like to be a bad guy in a Batman movie.’ especially as they got darker when they go to the Christian Bale era.
We are constantly – in order to cope with painful realities – shuffling through third-rate, half-remembered fantasies taken from movies, from TV, from people we admire. We do this individually, we do it collectively – we tell stories to escape our most painful truths.
We have to make movies where we do not think this is for the American market or this is for the Chinese market. We have to make a good movie that anyone would just want to sit down and watch because love, language, culture transcend everything.
When I was a kid, I was really into ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Friday the 13th.’ But as I got older and started working as an actor, I did not really get scared by horror movies as much, so I am not as into them anymore.
Reality in movies is the reality of the story you’re telling, so it may not match the reality as we know it, but the reason there’s art is that it tries to bring some kind of understanding of all the suffering and joys and pain that we go through. Storytelling brings some value to it.
I’m not a huge fan of horror movies myself because I’m a big baby and I get too scared to watch them.
I started out as an assistant to a director on two movies, Miguel Arteta. The movies I worked on were ‘Chuck and Buck’ and ‘The Good Girl.’ I didn’t even know I wanted to be a director until I started working with Miguel.
I got my MFA from AFI as a director in 2010. I’ve had time to make the shorts that I made previous to ‘Hereditary’ and to kind of build these movies in my head.
If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one.
There’s very few dork movies made by dorks.
If I would rescue one of my movies, it would be ‘A Little Princess.’
If I go to a baseball game, I hear ‘Shoeless Joe,’ but otherwise, I hear ‘toe pick’ five times a day. No matter how many more movies I make, that’ll be on my gravestone.
I love to just go to the movies, watch movies, listen to the scores and all that ’cause that’s, like, the next step for me.
My movies are painfully personal, but I’m never trying to let you know how personal they are. It’s my job to make it be personal, and also to disguise that so only I or the people who know me know how personal it is. ‘Kill Bill’ is a very personal movie.
In the movies, Bette Davis lights two cigarettes and hands the second one to James Cagney. It was just so glamorous and romantic.
I’m not too proud of the movies I made as a grownup except for ‘That Hagen Girl’, which nobody remembers but which gave me a chance to act.
To me, movies and music go hand in hand. When I’m writing a script, one of the first things I do is find the music I’m going to play for the opening sequence.
How many actors have a shot at being a part of something that became a part of pop culture? It’s been very rewarding. I’m not getting the 20 million bucks for the new movies, but at least I’m getting warmth and recognition from people wherever I go.
Some movies get rushed out right after you make them and I’m not always happy with that.
There’s something strange about theater. My characters consistently demonize elitism, but of course it’s taking place in a theater where only so many people can see it. I’ve been in silly popcorn movies – the kind of thing that as an actor you might feel embarrassed about – but those movies reach many more people.
Movies like ‘Westworld’ used ideas I’d thought of a long time ago.
I was in ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,’ and I like my bad boy movie movies.
When I’m writing fiction, I read nonfiction or biographies. Now I’m watching very old movies or old foreign films. I don’t immerse myself in whatever’s going on in whatever area I’m working in.
I made some truly awful movies. ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes.
Horror movies are the best date movies. There’s no wondering, ‘When do I put my arm around her?’
This is how I feel about horror films: there’s enough scary things that happen in day-to-day life. Sometimes just going and getting the mail is scary, when you open your bills. And so, sometimes I feel like scary movies are just tapping into those anxieties and magnifying them.
I was a big fan of martial arts movies – Bruce Lee in particular, as cringeworthy as it is. Jean-Claude van Damme was a big inspiration as well – it’s a little embarrassing.
When I began making films, they were just movies: ‘What’s the new movie? What are you doing?’ Now they’re called ‘adult dramas.’
In Chennai, we have the beach for entertainment, but in places like Trichy, Salem, and Coimbatore, movies are the only entertainment.
You know when you watch old movies, it’s always the small parts you remember, the character actors who come in like a breath of fresh air.
I do like escapism. I like going to the movies on a Friday night and seeing something fun.
I don’t go see big, silly movies. I like small things about regular folks, you know?
The only thing I can’t do is hear. I can drive, I have a life with four kids, I work on TV, I do movies, so the deafness question, is it that they want to know because, what? Not sure.
I think people are sick of trends changing every six months – not because we’re tired of them, but just for the sake of change. There is so much junk in the world: junk TV, junk movies, all those junk magazines with the same people on the cover.
I’m not trying to steal the show. I tend to shy away from – I don’t want to say the spotlight – how about responsibility? It’s just very daunting. These movies are very intimidating. ‘Captain America.’ This is the stuff I struggle with.
I’m a family man, I have kids, and I go to the movies. And I’m just going to make the kind of movie I want to see.
I’d skip school regularly to see movies – even in the morning, in the small Parisian theaters that opened early.
I really took filmmaking very seriously… It was an honor and then a crutch also, because at a young age, I was like, I guess I’m a serious filmmaker. I never set out to be a serious filmmaker. I just set out to make movies.
You’re basically the sum of all the experiences you’ve ever had, and they’re sort of shaken up in you and reproduced in the things you create, and that includes seeing movies.
My label is to play bad guys of Latin origin in American movies. I’m happy with that label. I prefer to play that than to play a city boy. The bad guy is always something very tempting for the audience.
My mom took me to see Carnal Knowledge and The Wild Bunch and all these kind of movies when I was a kid.
I did as much as I could in Vancouver. You can only play so many ex-‘Falcon Crest’ sons in so many movies of the week before you burn out.
There’s nothing better than going to the movies and going into another world, and forgetting about everything that’s happening outside.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
I never thought, in my lifetime, that you’d be able to watch movies, read books and listen to music from a phone, but I guess the technology of tomorrow is here today.
Why do we always have to see black people in hindsight? Why are the Hollywood movies always historical? What about the contemporary image of black people?
My roles don’t centre around drugs at all! Shadiness is different – it’s drama. We’re making movies! You’ve gotta have conflict.
Mollywood movies are narrated at their own pace, unlike Telugu movies, which ought to be crisp.
I got more bands and went on the road and turn down more movies than you would believe.
All the violence in videos and movies, you can’t tell me that that wouldn’t influence a disturbed person.
I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in. I didn’t identify with black culture. Like, I didn’t like Tyler Perry movies, and I wasn’t into hip-hop music. I liked Neil Young.
When I realized that my big dream was going to come true – ‘Night Shift’ was a success, ‘Splash’ was a success, I got the job to do ‘Cocoon’ – suddenly, I was underway. And I knew my name was rising up the lists. I was going to have a career. I was going to be able to direct movies until I screwed it up.
If you’re sitting in your minivan, playing your computer animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that’s entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it’s the storytelling. That’s why we put so much importance on story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.
‘Seanan McGuire’ is my real name; if I’m being silly and third-person about it, she’s a frequently cranky, foul-mouthed Disney Princess on vacation in the real world, where she studies diseases, cuddles reptiles, watches lots of horror movies, and goes to as many corn fields as possible.
The first Disney movie I saw I think was ‘Snow White.’ I loved all the Disney princess movies.
Acting is a trial-and-error business. Every actor has a few movies on their resume that they’re not terribly proud of, but that’s how you learn.
I feel like a lot of my past career was going to film school, making a lot of different kinds of movies. I made a bunch of comedies, I made one drama and I made a couple musicals.
I think the audience would like to see movies that are stunning to watch. I really think they’d like to see spectacles.
I’m an enormous admirer of Christopher Lee. He’s somebody, along with Vincent Price, who I celebrate, and I wanted my movies to show that celebration and that honoring of these great film stars that were unafraid to go into horror and Grand Guignol and the macabre.
We make movies and we all try our best and sometimes we connect with the audience, sometimes we don’t.
I’ve loved vampires since I was a kid, or loved a lot of the vampire movies that I saw. Anything with sharp teeth, really. I remember you could get those fake vampire teeth, and I remember just keeping them in all the time.
I often begin movies with music in my head; it’s a very important dimension to me. Not just the music itself, but how to use music in film: when and how and subtlety. I don’t like to be too sweet in my stories, and I like the abrasive clang, the contrasting of sounds and cultures.
I grew up in the era of Keira Knightley, so I’ve seen every one of her movies a few times.
I play Xbox. I have a little boy to look after. I have dogs. You know, I have things to do. I would love to be able to sit down and watch something like a movie. I watch my own movies because I have to.
Whenever I have free time, I usually just sleep, play games, watch movies, see my friends, have a drink. Basically, I do whatever other people do in everyday life.
Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I don’t make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it.
I’ve just grown a little disappointed with ‘Muppets in the Old West’, ‘Muppets Under Water’ and all these weird concept movies. I just want to go take it back to the early 80’s, when it was about the Muppets trying to put on a show. That’s what I’m trying to bring back.
To be fair, I don’t think it’s a plague to say I have the misfortune of making movies for a living.
If you don’t like my movies, don’t watch them.
People sometimes say the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually, it’s the way things happen to you in life that’s unreal.
If making movies was easier, there’d be a lot more good movies. So you kind of learn that if it’s just a good script, or if it’s just a good producer, that’s not always enough. You need an entire team of creative people coming together.
Everyone is using the Internet for almost everything – trailers, ads, movies, and short films. This is the only thing that will reach everybody in the world.
When I was working my way up, it seemed to me that only Westerns and ‘Star Treks’ or sci-fi movies could afford to get away with presenting the problems – like prejudice and desegregation, for instance – that we face in our everyday lives.
I hope this doesn’t sound pretentious, but I very often like the way Europeans make movies. I think sometimes that don’t they care about having to clean certain things.
Of the 60 movies I wrote, more than half were written in two weeks or less.
Very often I’ve known people who wouldn’t say a word to each other, but they’d go to see movies together and experience life that way.
I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.
I like to hang out with my friends. I love music. I like to go to the movies. I like to eat. I like to cook.
Well Ice H20 is my company that I plan to take to the next level with new artists, books, movies and so forth. It’s more like a multimedia brand that I want to take to the next level and put some talented people on.
I’m no actor. And I wasn’t like George Lucas or Spielberg, making home movies as a teenager, either. But I would go back and watch certain movies again and again. By the time I saw ‘The Graduate’ I was aware of how these amazing stories could be told.
I was unusual looking – I didn’t have the look of that time. If you look at ‘Lucas’ – and, basically, my first five or six movies – the characters are not described in the scripts as attractive people.
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’ set the bar very high for the superhero movie, as it showed that you could get a great cast for these movies and take a real filmmaker’s perspective.
Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.
I have a love interest in every one of my films: a gun.
Most of the time it’s the role. Sometimes it’s the story and sometimes it just the paycheck. It’s the little movies that come out as stories or the fact that I have work to go out, you know what I’m saying, you can only be out so long without work, you start getting antsy.
Directing movies is the best job there is, that’s all. I can hardly say a word after that. It’s just a great job.
I’ve done some movies before when you have months, or three weeks at least, to train and to learn choreography.
It would be really cool to have my dad here to witness this, to see his grandchildren, to see this woman that I chose to share my life with, to just come walk on set and be like, ‘Ah, this is how you make TV shows and movies.’
My mom always wanted me to do movies where I played, whether I had flaws or not, guys that had a good heart.
So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling. Because to me, it’s one of the most exciting aspects of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.
I grew up with action movies in my head.
You won’t find me at parties or the openings of movies and I don’t hang around with David Beckham and Kanye West. So the paparazzi leave me alone, which means that I can do my shows, write music and then live a normal life.
In essence, we’re imaging the same cell for anywhere from forty to a hundred thousand times to create one of the movies that we see.
Filmmaking can be a fine art.
I had seen movies before that that had made me laugh, but I had never seen anything even remotely close to as funny as Richard Pryor was, just standing there talking.
My lifestyle doesn’t really account for movies. I can’t even remember what I last saw.
More and more, as I grow older, I find myself looking for inspiration in painting, illustration, videogames, and old movies.
I think drug movies free the director to make intense films.
I think movies, I think art, can change the world.
‘Home Alone’ was a movie, not an alibi.
I think in movies, in television, and in advice columns, often there’s this idea that what people are really attracted to is confidence. And I think people, especially young men, sometimes misinterpret that to mean being brash, or trying to be an alpha.
People say, ‘Gee, you do a lot of mafia movies.’ I think I’ve done two, out of 60.
I grew up with the movies of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and Judy Garland – these are the kinds of shows and the kinds of numbers in shows that I dreamed of being in and doing when I was a kid.
Nobody makes movies bad on purpose.
I always had a gift with writing. I can really write. I always felt like I can write movies or somehow get into that.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
I do read a lot. I read more than I watch movies.
I’m always studying actors and movies. You can never not do your homework.
Everybody’s a filmmaker today.
So much of movie acting is in the lighting. And in loving your characters. I try to know them, and with that intimacy comes love. And now, I love Voldemort.
If I can’t get the girl, at least give me more money.
TV is so different from the movies. It takes a lot of stamina because you work such long hours. It is really challenging. You are learning the next day’s lines while you are shooting today’s scenes. I found courage I never realised I had. I hope to do more.
Steven Spielberg is unique. I feel that the kinds of movies he loves are the same kinds of movies that the big mass audience loves. He’s very fortunate because he can do the things he naturally likes the best, and he’s been very successful.
The only thing I’m nervous about is talking to guests like human beings, because all of my interviews so far have been attacking people. I have a genuine concern about sitting across from an actor whose movies I obviously haven’t seen.
Having done movies in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi, I have been accepted both in North and down South. I don’t believe in divisions. I like to believe that I am working in the Indian film industry.
January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out.
Theater has to resonate in your heart in a way that movies don’t.
I look up to actors. I look up to Robert DeNiro, I look up to Johnny Depp, I look up to Al Pacino, I look up to run-of-the-mill really good actors. I love watching movies, and I love watching other actors and learning from them.
I have loved movies as the number one thing in my life so long that I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t.
Dad always said, ‘Get a degree and do something on your own before you start movies.’ He always kept me grounded, telling me the realities of the business and the struggles even the legends had to go through.
Movies are not finished. They are abandoned. A movie is never finished.
Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic.
‘ABCD – AnyBody Can Dance’ and ‘ABCD 2’ has succeeded not merely because of dance, but mainly because of its good script. Viewers have loved the story, and that’s why my movies have done well at the box office.
Cell phones tend to bring us more inside of our lives whereas movies offer a chance to escape, so there are two competing forces.
Technically, maybe I learned most of all from George Stevens, and among his movies I learned the most from ‘A Place in the Sun.’ It’s a lesson in moviemaking.
I think the cinematography in ‘Mr. Robot’ is some of the best I’ve ever seen, honestly. Not even as being part of the show but as somebody who enjoys cinema and movies in film and TV.
De Niro was a hero of mine. And Sean Penn. But I’ve realized I can’t operate at that level of intensity. That’s okay for movies. On TV, when you live with horror day in and day out, you have to protect yourself.
A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
My stats don’t even need to be said, but I’ll say them anyway. I’m a 14-time champion. I’m a two-time Slammy award winner. I’ve done movies. I host my own show. How much more do you want in an athlete, in a star, than The Miz?
Sometimes in movies, I still have to be the hero, but it’s not all that important to me anymore.
I was sent off to study in Georgia to keep me from movies. When I outgrow this film career, I will become a practicing doctor. I want to specialize in cardiology.
My father didn’t do a lot of direct education. My mother was the direct educator. She would put on these movies on American Movie Classics when we got cable, after my parents got divorced, which took like four or five years.
I think books make you think in a different way than movies and documentaries.
I’m a romantic. I like romantic movies.
The movies we love and admire are to some extent a function of who we are when we see them.
Movies are like magic tricks.
I like subtitles. Sometimes I wish all movies had subtitles.
I spend a lot of time visiting friends, watching video cassette movies, and things like that.
I didn’t get my hair cut for two movies, and it got a little long. I’m going back to a… not a crew cut. Back to, oh, about a Presbyterian length.
Well, the wonderful thing about making movies, oddly enough, is that they’re sort of highly motivated graduate studies in one or another field.
I had done some flimflam movies, but I didn’t understand what being an actor meant anymore.
The secret to film is that it’s an illusion.
Making movies is all about compromise, negotiation, and sacrifice, but the process helps you distill what’s really important to you, and once you have identified what those these things are for any particular sequence, you hold onto them and don’t let them go.
I think being Shaquille O’Neal would be the most amazing thing. There’s nothing I would have done differently in his life. Everything he’s done I think is pretty spot on, even, like, the bad rap videos, the shoes, the movies, everything.
Denzel Washington has a great sense of humor. He did all those ‘Nutty Professor’ movies.
I was so flattered to be asked to be in the movies – the idea of being paid to act was heady stuff.
When I watch movies – when I watch ‘Star Wars’ – you want to watch the fun characters, the diversions.
I think people like to see the lives of artists that are legends. They always go through the dark periods and I think just as humans we like to see that and them coming out of it. I love those kinds of movies.
Although I love working and making movies and that will always be the priority, I really do love continuing my education. It’s great to be active and learning instead of sitting around waiting for a phone call for the next project.
But I notice that there is a lack of darkness in my movies and I don’t know where that comes from.
The dynamic range of the digital camera is pretty crappy compared to film, but now film is not great because the labs have closed. It’s going to hurt a lot of the movies that we did in this gap because I think they are going to look very old very soon.
I think you kind of hope for people to gush over movies, but I think the opposite way is great sometimes, too. I’d rather have a movie that you’re angry about and that you’re talking about the next day, than something you forget about when the popcorn goes into the trash.
That’s the way this business works: if your movies do well at the box office, you will be offered more movies. It doesn’t matter if you’re a nice guy or you’re a prick. If your movies do well, there’s a job waiting for you in Hollywood. It’s not any more complicated than that.
I collect movies. So I have all those in binders. I don’t have the DVDs out. I put them in binders.
I just fight in my movies, never in real life.
Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.
Offers have to be really interesting for me to take them up either in movies or TV.
Of the big horror movies of the ’70s, you have ‘The Omen,’ ‘The Sentinel,’ ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ ‘The Stepford Wives,’ ‘Burnt Offerings’ – these are all romantic fatalist movies where there’s a sort of glimmer of hope… but darkness wins.
I was obsessed with romance. When I was in high school, I saw ‘Doctor Zhivago’ every day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.
I want all my films to look distinctly different, like some other directors I admire. But in a way, I can’t really take myself completely out of the movies I make.
I met Will Smith twice. I didn’t talk to him for too long but I was trying to let him know that my age group grew up watching him – he was the coolest guy on television and the coolest guy in movies.
I grew up in a conservative small town, and the gay characters I saw on TV and in movies when I was growing up were all flamboyant and obnoxious and sometimes kind of annoying.
Sexiness, particularly in movies, is the chess game in the ‘Thomas Crown Affair’. It’s, it’s, I don’t know, but Faye Dunaway comes up a lot in that thinking. It’s the subtlety of sexiness. The moment you try to be sexy, then it’s not.
I only drive in movies. I know that’s very weird to hear for an American. I have a weird relationship with it. I know how to drive, but I never went to take the test.
I would say I was, I guess, a toddler when I actually found my passion because, when I was little, I used to mimic all these movies and sing all this music that you wouldn’t think a toddler would know. I would think my passion just started there, and it just grew with me.
When I was in high school, there was ‘Superbad’ and ‘The Girl Next Door’ and ‘Wedding Crashers’ and all these great movies. You hope to be a part of something that’s smart, funny and in that Todd Phillips-vein. You want to make something like ‘Superbad.’ That movie was so good and so funny.
People are getting tired of the same material; they want to see black girls as leads in movies. And I happen to be lucky enough to understand that – and be able to grab that opportunity and run with it.
These archetypal older women in movies can sometimes make my skin crawl. It’s about the one dimension; it’s about the lack of any texture.
I got really into Martin Scorsese as a teenager, so then it was kind of the whole reason I wanted to be an actor. Just like tons of young actors, I think, get freaked out by the Scorsese/DeNiro movies. I loved all his movies in the ’90s, too. Then I got a part in ‘The Aviator’ and couldn’t believe it.
You have more time to work in movies. My experience with movies is that you have more time to experiment with the character and camera angles and things like that.
In Chile, they have no movies. They have awful popular movies.
I don’t make the best movies in the world, but at times, I do feel like I’m adding something to the cinematic community.
A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
I was a cartoonist when I was at university, but I decided to go into movie making knowing that I could still draw by doing movies, design work, story boards, and such.
Born of the impossibly varied options we have to amuse ourselves, cutting-edge companies are finding innovative ways to tailor our entertainment choices to who we are, relieving us of the burden of finding the diamond in the rough of 500 TV channels or thousands of movies and music albums released every year.
It’s a funny thing: You want so badly for people to see what you do – you’re proud of it – and I like the effect that movies have on people. But the attention can also make me uncomfortable.
Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.
I’m a big believer in volume. If I made three times as many movies as Stanley Kubrick, that must mean I’m three times as good.
I’ve done movies for certain reasons; I did ‘Anaconda’ because the black man lives. Simple. The black man isn’t dead in the first three pages, like Jurassic Park. It’s like, ‘The black man kills the snake with a Latino girl? Damn! I got to do this.’
We had a thing there where you could turn in – it was some sort of recycling program – the bottle caps of RC Cola. You’d turn in 12 of them, and you’d get a ticket to see a movie. That’s how I started going to the movies. Running around the neighborhood looking for bottle caps. We were like little scavengers.
I’m married to the theater but my mistress is the films.
Bowdoin was the first place that I fell in love with. When I visited, I just had never been to a place with that many resources and that much access to information. That was stuff that you saw in movies. I didn’t know that existed in real life.
Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption, but they have survived 50 years and are still growing.
When you start acting as a child, you grow up ahead of your movies.
Hollywood, we get it. The Christian faith just doesn’t work for you ‘in the long run.’ However, for a large percentage of this country (the same country that makes your movies millions of dollars), it does. So please, for all of our sakes, keep your ‘beliefs to yourself’ and just ‘stop the hate.’
As a peace activist, I am dismayed by the encouragement of aggressiveness and violence by television, movies, and war toys.
Make movies that you want to go and watch in a theatre.
I loved movies, but I can’t remember ever really wanting to be an actress, and I certainly didn’t imagine ever being in a movie. I think I wanted to be a writer.
The movies I was scared by at three or four are now some of my favorite movies of all time.
Occasionally I’ll be a producer for hire on a larger budget movie, but with Blumhouse Pictures, we mainly focus on micro-budget, under-$5-million-dollar movies. That’s what we’re in business to do, and that’s what we’re in business to make.
Skinniness is not your friend when you’re over 40. I’d like to gain a good 10 pounds, but I did always have a fat, round face that plagued me when I was young. When I started to make movies, I couldn’t look at myself.
I hate dream sequences in movies and T.V. shows generally for their heavy-handed symbolism and storytelling tediousness.
As an actor, the ambition is to play interesting characters. And in the indie genre world, the budgets are low. That allows me, as an actor, not to have a financial value behind my name, to justify me being in these bigger parts for these types of movies.
What I love about movies is, no matter how many people are involved or how complicated the process is, at the end of the day, it’s just what’s inside of that frame. It’s going to be people sitting in a movie theater watching one shot at a time. And that’s my focus.
Many times I’ll improvise it, which isn’t done a lot in movies or commercials. But a lot of my commercials are improvised.
Film lovers are sick people.
I had paralyzing fear as a kid. I couldn’t watch horror movies, nothing. The funny thing is I got so sick of being afraid that I started doing it deliberately and instead of being afraid in my bed I would sit up on my bed and say, ‘ok, come on, show yourself, do it.’
I don’t care about being on top, about being No. 1. I just make movies for a few suckers in the audience, anyway.
A lot of people get emotional in movies that are cartoons, but not in TV shows.
I think sport in general affects what people see in movies. I always try to explain to people in Hollywood that we have to make movies more like sport because, in sport, everything can happen and it’s so much better than movies in some ways.
What other people are adapting from the comics medium, I watch with as much interest as I do any other movies. Because I’m a fan, and I want to see what other people are doing in the world.
People have made sure of that, that you can’t shock anybody anymore. It’s not just because of movies and TV. It’s because of what’s happening in the world.
And what I like about it is it makes me happy and I think it makes a lot of people happy to go to the movies and to not think about the problems of the day or the problems of tomorrow or the yesterday and just go on for the ride and have the fun of losing oneself in a fantasy.
I prefer to do movies, just for the simple fact that in TV, there’s not much of a guarantee. They can pull the plug on you.
‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ are movies we love with magic in them.
George Raft may or may not have gone both ways, but he was very sensitive to what they said about him, and it was one factor why he decided to play all those gangsters in the movies.
When you do movies on low budgets, you don’t want to have a location that requires a very big light right outside the window when you’re 10 stories up. You have to find a location where you have a terrace outside, or you can light from a second floor, or you can light through the windows for daylight.
It’s funny because when I got ‘Jarhead’ and ‘Avatar’ and all those movies, ‘Leprechaun’ still to this day airs on BET. I was thinking, ‘Will they just let it go? I finally have a body of work that can speak much better to what I can do than just Leprechaun.’
If my films make one more person miserable, I’ll feel I have done my job.
I like to look like a person. It drives me crazy when you see women in movies playing teachers, and they have biceps. It totally takes me out of the movie. I start thinking, Wow, that actress playing this part really looks great!
It seems that the small movies are a little more risky and cutting-edge. You’ve got your big commerce and you’ve got your small films that you’re more passionate about.
When I was young, I too enjoyed the charm of the glitzy world of movies. Life changed for me after marriage. My priority and focus was my family.
People need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies.
There are movies where we are interested in seeing people’s lives without agreeing with what they’re doing.
Every single art form is involved in film, in a way.
I want to make movies that pierce people’s hearts and touch them in some way, even if it’s just for the night while they’re in the cinema; in that moment, I want to bring actual tears to their eyes and goosebumps to their skin.
American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others – partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions.
Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.
I try to watch a movie a day, if not more, and through movies, I learned about so many different political themes I hadn’t been interested in and cultural things I hadn’t been aware of and economic factors I hadn’t thought about.
Movies are magic no matter where they’re made.
When I was a kid, Disney was one of my gods. I just loved movies like ‘Snow White’ and ‘Pinocchio.’
I’ve made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good.
I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, but I love doing them because your character arc gets condensed, and everything is elevated, and so you kind of have this amazing opportunity to go in many different places.
A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
I believe in my privacy. I always have, and I always will. I don’t think that my private life needs to be on display for me to get a better response at the box office or for me to get a better choice of movies.
I have three kids who like Harry Potter so I was sort of aware of it. You can’t really move from it: it’s on buses, in stores, it’s everywhere. One of my kids has read the books; the other two are too small but they like the movies.
I like to watch films with my wife and friends. That’s how films should be watched. Only then can you enjoy the movies. Then whether it is raunchy or not, hardly matters.
Horror is so often a ‘thinkless’ genre, sort of considered popcorn movies, but you really put a lot of, not just heart and soul, but a lot of physical energy into it.
I really hate relaxing. I’ve done three movies in a row, worked for two years straight, and to me, idle time is the devil’s workshop. I like to focus on something.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
I don’t think you should feel about a film. You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can’t kiss a movie.
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
Most of us do not consciously look at movies.
Hollywood is finally waking up to the fact that people who go to church also go to the movies. I’m not sure what took them so long to see that or how long they’ll keep it up.
In my grammar school years back in the 1920s I used my ten-cents-a-week allowance for Saturday matinees of Douglas Fairbanks movies. All that swashbuckling and leaping about in the midst of the sails of ships!
I read and watch movies. I can’t go to the movie theater much anymore, though, because I get recognized. It’s worse sometimes if I wear a costume and try not to get recognized. I watch most of my films on airplanes.
A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
‘Logan Lucky’ is an experiment. The problem that I think needs to be addressed is, what has happened to movies for grown-ups made by people who are still interested in the idea of cinema?
I made over forty Westerns. I used to lie awake nights trying to think up new ways of getting on and off a horse.
Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.
‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ is one of the first unrated movies to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. But many video stores won’t take a movie that’s not rated, so I had to make the movie an R.
If I saw ‘Virgin Suicides’ or ‘Eternal Sunshine,’ I’m so proud to be in those movies. They are such great movies. I felt so free on those sets.
I look up so much to those movies, ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun.’ I think that stuff is so funny. I grew up just loving all that stuff and sort of idolizing Leslie Nielsen.
I have not seen ‘It’ because I don’t like horror movies. I don’t mess with clowns or demons.
The history of horror movies goes back a long way… of people trying to convincingly be terrified when looking at a piece of tape on the side of the camera box. I have a whole new respect for it.
I’ve always tried to make movies that pull the audience out of their seats… I want audiences to be transported.
Everyone told me to pass on ‘Speed’ because it was a ‘bus movie.’
I’m not necessarily a fan of horror genre of movies or books.
I love to watch old movies when I get time off.
Everything makes me nervous – except making films.
The computer tends to equalize everything, all the movies are slowly blending together, the way they look.
As a kid, I said, ‘I want to write for movies.’ When I finally had that opportunity it was like I was able to exhale. ‘Wow, I’m finally doing this for real.’
You are treated like a cog in a machine. The director might be obsessing so much with the stunts that he doesn’t notice your performance, and the producer may just be an insane money man, but I have no snobbery about the movies.
I’ve been lucky to find people who want to work with me, whom I respect and like, but the truth is there aren’t that many good projects out there. And we make way, way too many movies. So it’s not always going to happen with every project. But I try and wait it out.
Now, I have big-money offers on three movies, and I have director approval. That’s kind of scary,’ he says. ‘No directors have been attached. That’s a lot of pressure on me.
My motto: ‘No good movie is depressing. All bad movies are depressing.’
I love ‘Enter the Dragon,’ and I love Japanese movies. I love Jackie Chan movies; they are my heroes.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.
When I’m depressed and I feel low thinking that good movies are not made any more, then I put on his movies and I watch them. I laugh and I cry and I have great pleasure.
I like horror movies, and in fact I like them even more now after making one. I just think they’re much more liberating because you don’t really have to apply a very strict logic.
People are always talking about the old days. They say that the old movies were better, that the old actors were so great. But I don’t think so. All I can say about the old days is that they have passed.
Once I had seen ‘Journey to Italy,’ I knew that, even if I were never to make movies, I could make them.
Usually, when I am not working, I mostly hang out with my friends, ride my bike, listen to music, and, occasionally, watch movies.
If I get good stories, then I don’t mind working for multi-starrer movies.
I feel like I’m a fighter. I’ve fought my whole life to get to where I’m at. I like fight movies. When someone gets knocked down, I like to root for him to succeed.
I was living in London and I thought, ‘There’s nothing here for me anymore.’ I don’t want to become this actor who’s going to be doing this occasional good work in the theater and then ever diminishing bad television. I thought I’d rather do bad movies than bad television because you get more money for it.
Success is not something I’ve wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that’s true, big-time success. If not, it’s much ado about nothing.
I don’t believe in superheroes but I love Batman movies. There’s a part of every person that is entertained by the idealistic, the fantastic.
A lot of my movies were completely destroyed by the censors, who can be pretty arbitrary. They’re not completely fair with how they treat one person vs. another.
I ultimately wanna do big movies, and I’ve been so close so many times. They keep giving my roles to girls with just a little more exposure than me.
One of my favorite movies of all time is ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ which is a pretty interesting choice for a seasonal Christmas favorite, because it’s about a guy who wants to commit suicide and is presented with reasons not to.
I’m aware of ‘Twilight,’ but I’ve never seen the movies or read any of the books. Frankly, the story leaves me cold – why do a vampire story about abstinence?
I would make hockey movies: I would edit together Flyers games and do highlight reels of goals or fights, which I still have to this day.
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
I grew up idolising Madhuri Dixit, though I wasn’t a Hindi film buff. I had an academic upbringing, and movies were a rarity. I looked up to Madhuri because I loved dancing, and she’s a fantastic dancer.
I was never interested in being powerful or famous. But once I got to film school and learned about movies, I just fell in love with it. I didn’t care what kind of movies I made.
The subjects that I am working are movies that say something. They are shouting or criticising something. I would hate to play a princess waiting for the prince to come and give her a kiss.
I like stories that grow, that have unpredictable layers. As opposed to Hollywood movies that start out with a lot of shock and noise and peter out into an unconvincing cliche.
Had I done the movies that were offered to me in my prime, at the height of my career, I would have been alongside the likes of Denzel Washington. But, I chose not to do those movies.
I’ve been doing this for 33 years, and sometimes you make movies and nobody cares. But when people care, it’s the greatest thing in the world – even when it’s passionately against the title – because it’s going to start a conversation.
Growing up, I was obsessed with Disney movies like ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Beauty And The Beast.’ I was always singing the songs from these movies, so to find myself in the studio with Alan Menken was an amazing experience. In fact, it was a dream come true.
‘Luke Cage’ came out in 1972 at the height of the blaxploitation era. It was a literary response to this notion of blaxploitation movies. It was the first time in American culture that Hollywood was embracing black movies.
The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.
When you have movies who help, who give belief and show strength, it’s good.
Persistence is half the battle. That’s what I love about independent movies. They don’t have to be made. There’s no studio with an agenda to set up a franchise like ‘Batman’ or to make a vehicle for a celebrity actor. My films are made because I love the process.
Commercials led to TV, and TV led to movies here and there.
I don’t watch a lot of television. I try to watch all the good movies, but I’ve got about twenty of these television series that I should be watching. I haven’t seen ‘The Wire.’ I haven’t seen ‘Mad Men.’ I haven’t seen Kevin’s thing. What’s that called? ‘House of Cards.’ I hear it’s wonderful.
I was a little tomboy, growing up, but we had to go to the library every weekend if we wanted some form of entertainment. And I would gravitate towards the Shirley Temple, Judy Garland section of the library, and I would just pop that in and watch on replay because kids can watch movies over and over again.