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You can't say it wasn't interesting.
We feel the same emotions for our ideas as we do for the real world, which is why we can cry while reading a book, or fall in love with movie stars.
Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.
One, don’t wait for inspiration, just start the damned thing. Two, once you begin, keep on until the end. How do you know how the story should begin until you find out where it’s going?
I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear
My motto: 'No good movie is depressing. All bad movies are depressing.'
Most of us do not consciously look at movies.
A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally. They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise.
A corner is important. It provides privacy and an anchor and lets you exist independently of the room.
All I require of a religion is that it be tolerant of those who do not agree with it.
It’s hard to explain the fun to be found in seeing the right kind of bad movie.
If a movie isn't a hit right out of the gate, they drop it. Which means that the whole mainstream Hollywood product has been skewed toward violence and vulgar teen comedy.
Of all the purposes of education, I think the most useful is this: It prepares you to keep yourself entertained. It gives you a better chance of an interesting job.
If your religion doesn't respect the rights of other religions, it is lacking something.
In thinking about 'depressing movies, ' many people don't realize that all bad movies are depressing, and no good movies are.
It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.
One sign of a great actor is when he can be alone by himself on the screen, doing almost nothing, and producing one of a film's defining moments.
No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.
Clouds do not really look like camels or sailing ships or castles in the sky. They are simply a natural process at work. So too, perhaps, are our lives.
Never marry someone who doesn’t love the movies you love. Sooner or later, that person will not love you.
Aren't you getting tired of people hating one another? What do they think they get out of it?
Sometimes two people will regard each other over a gulf too wide to ever be bridged, and know immediately what could have happened, and that it never will.
We laugh, that we may not cry.
So much of what happens by chance forms what becomes your life.
The sad thing is that when movies like this fail, executives think that proves there's no audience for unusual, original pictures - because they think they've made one.
The movies that are made more thoughtfully or made or with more ambition often get just get drowned out by the noise.
There's nothing like impending death to rouse you from existential boredom.
Well, you know what, I'm 60 years old, and I've been interested in politics since I was on my daddy's knee. During the 1948 election, we were praying for Truman. I know a lot about politics.
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.
I like smart movies about smart people, and enjoy it when most of the facts are on the table and we can contemplate them together.