Quotes and Sayings about Movies
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 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.
Back in the '70s, like one of my favorite movies ever was 'The Bad News Bears', and that was a kids' movie, but I don't think of it that way. I think of it as just a great movie because Walter Matthau was so funny and so harsh with those kids.
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 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 find playwriting to be incredibly difficult compared to screenwriting. Part of it is that I grew up watching movies and not watching plays.
There's some movies I watch, they're kind of like my anti-anxiety pill, my anti-depressant pill. I watch them at least once or twice a month probably. And I never stop learning from them as a filmmaker.
I don't think the competition's so rough, within the majority of movies made in Hollywood.
Paul Thomas Anderson
My sense is, I think it's okay for directors to do movies that speak to other work in their career.
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.
I think movies are good for getting into dream states or exploring weird alternate states of thinking.
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.
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.
Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies - as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater.
Unfortunately, overall, movies are a conglomerate. People buy and sell people in this business, which can get really ugly.
I'm intrigued by films that have a singular vision behind them. A lot of studio movies have ten writers by the time they're done. You have a movie testing 200 times, making adjustments according to various people's opinions. It's difficult to have an undistilled vision.
I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Cinema is entertainment, and people go to the movies because they want to feel good and forget about everything.
I remember when first, Stripes, and then Animal House came out - which I was really proud of, even though it was kind of loose and quite raucous - there were imitative movies that were not quite as good.
In America, we have so many movies and so much media about the Islamic world, the sub-continental world, but it's not a conversation, it's a monologue. It's always from one point of view. 'If we don't tell our own stories, no one will tell them' is my mantra.