The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
We must quit living vicariously through the fictional lives of TV and movie characters, and become the stars of our own real-life stories of adventure and creativity.
Film spectators are quiet vampires.
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A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes.
If it sells, it sells. If it doesn't sell, I'll go make a movie.
No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.
Be your own hero, it's cheaper than a movie ticket.
In England, I'm a horror movie director. In Germany, I'm a filmmaker. In the US, I'm a bum.
Never judge a book by its movie.
I'm not sure why no one wants to admit there's a viable audience out there that believes in God and wants to see a movie with their family. The demand is there. The supply is not.
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
What troubles me is not that movie stars run for office, but that they find it easy to get elected. It should be difficult. It should be difficult for millionaires, too.
I'm not interested in a realistic look - not at all, not ever. Every film should look the way I feel.
Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.
The most exciting thing for all of us is movies and movie stars.
'm really proud of it. To me, it's a movie about character behavior and the pecking order of the pack, as well as the central character's massive survival guilt.
We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to.
All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.
The last real movie stars were probably Redford and Newman.
And things were different then. There wasn't this amazing amount of magazines and information about them.
I think movies are getting dumber, actually. Where it used to be 50/50 and it's 3% good and 97% stupid.
No movie influenced me more to go after my dreams than 'Flashdance.
' After seeing it, I took 15 dance lessons a week. I cut all my sweatshirts. I did the 'Maniac' thing.
If I thought of myself as a movie star, I'd be an idiot.
I don't know anyone who thinks like that. I don't even know movie stars who think like that.
Sometimes a movie knows you're watching it.
It knows how to hold and keep you, how, when it's over, to make you want it all over again.
This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.
If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.
Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
I feel safe in saying this, and that is that Peter Weir is without a doubt one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. I'd open a door in a movie for him if he asked me to.
Well, I started thinking about what you were saying about how your movies need to make a profit. Now, what is the one thing, if you put it in a movie, it'll be successful?
Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin. The entertainment for this evening is not new, you've seen this entertainment through and through you have seen your birth, your life, your death....you may recall all the rest. Did you have a good world when you died? -enough to base a movie on??
That's kind of the weird thing that M.
Night Shyamalan has sort of unleashed upon the world is this need for every movie to have these ridiculous endings.
Every single art form is involved in film, in a way.
Great moments are born from great opportunities.
I have a daughter who's 11 years old.
Maybe she'll grow up independent and really really heavy and become a movie star and she'll play me in my life story.
For me the writing, when I'm going to direct it myself, is really just the first draft, and I don't change it very much; I only change it on average about two lines per movie.
I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience.
I've tried like hell to make bad movies good, and I can't.
Maybe Marlon Brando has been able to do that at times. But even he has a hard time making The Appaloosa a good movie.
It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.
People tend to compartmentalize themselves into IT people, and movie star people, and scientists, but when we share our perspectives about nature, we find a common denominator.
To make a great film need three things - the script, the script and the script.
I didn't quit movies. They quit me.
I grew up with the mindset that when you get home from work, you go to dinner and watch a movie. I don't want to be going to a club and taking off my panties.
Right before 'The Bourne Identity' came out, I hadn't been offered a movie in a year.
The process of making a movie is what I love.
I thrive on that. It's an exciting miracle, a mad adventure. I love being part of it.
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 had come to the point when I realized it was unlikely that my film career was going to move beyond a certain level of role. And I was - because I had graphic instances of it - handicapped by the success of Star Trek. A director would say, 'I don't want Jean-Luc Picard in my movie' - and this was compounded by X-Men as well.
Ever since the movie premiered at Cannes, I've had a sudden surge of scripts and interest.
I know the responsibility that entails from telling a story.
The one thing I despise the most is when I go to a movie and I see a whole bunch of lazy actors making me waste my time and money.
I also care that the public are getting their 12 dollars worth when they go to a movie, and that they're not coming out not wanting to ever see a movie with me in it again.
If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.
It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it.
Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.
I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
Everything makes me nervous - except making films.