Filmmaking for me is always aiming for the imaginary movie and never achieving it.
Every film is a challenge. I always say that making a movie is like film school - you're always learning. But unlike most schools, you never get done with it. You never learn everything.
Remember, pain is temporary; film is forever.
What I love about films is that you can see "King Kong" and you can be affected by it and then you realize that he was just this little guy when he made that fall.
The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.
James Cameron has always been way ahead of the curve in terms of the use of technology in his movies.
I think filmmakers want their movies to be seen.
What bugs me is that movies don't reflect how interesting and vibrant women are. We don't treasure women as they get older.
I guess I watch movies to make myself happier a lot.
I find playwriting to be incredibly difficult compared to screenwriting. Part of it is that I grew up watching movies and not watching plays.
The trick of making movies in this culture is how to not give up everything that makes them worthwhile in order to get them made - and that's a tricky balance.
I love bad movies whereas going to the theater for me is a painful experience. I think it's really hard to sit and watch actors do something live and have it not go well.
The thing about movies these days is that the commerce end of it is so inflated and financiers are just expecting this enormous return on their investment.
I find playwriting really painful. I love it or I wouldn't do it but I don't love the theater as much as I love movies.
The thing is there have been American movies that are similar to Solaris like Alien had a lot of things that are similar although it's also got the horror element.
I want to see as many movies as I can and I covet a lot of weird influential movies.
I grew up in L.A. and I don't think I've seen L.A. onscreen in a way that felt real to me. There are definitely movies but they are few and far between.
I think movies are good for getting into dream states or exploring weird alternate states of thinking.
There's more to life than movies.
I think movies have much more magic than the theater. Theater can be a magical experience but movies thrust their subjectivity on you in a more profound way.
My sense is I think it's okay for directors to do movies that speak to other work in their career.
I don't think the competition's so rough within the majority of movies made in Hollywood.
I don't have a lot of patience for boring arthouse movies.
Movies either work or they don't work and they're either funny or they're not and we work very hard. To achieve that kind of work is really kind of delicate stitching.
I had the standard movie geek childhood because for as long as I can remember all I wanted to do was make movies.