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Movies are an art form that is very available to the masses.

Film spectators are quiet vampires.

Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic.

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

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.

If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.

I never enjoyed working in a film.

Everything makes me nervous - except making films.

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.

A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.

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.

A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.

Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.

I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.

Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.

Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.

Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.

The movies we love and admire are to some extent a function of who we are when we see them.

Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.

Everyone told me to pass on Speed because it was a 'bus movie.'

You can map your life through your favorite movies, and no two people's maps will be the same.

Film lovers are sick people.

Most of us do not consciously look at movies.

You read a script and its based on 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction', and it goes right in the bin.

Everybody's a filmmaker today.

I'm married to the theater but my mistress is the films.

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.

If you don't like my movies, don't watch them.

There's an electrical thing about movies.

I make movies I want to see.

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.

Movies are something people see all over the world because there is a certain need for it.

Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts.

Every single art form is involved in film, in a way.

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.

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.

And in movies you must be a gambler. To produce films is to gamble.

Movies are not scripts - movies are films they're not books, they're not the theatre.

I just like movies that somehow expose the world in a way that's different than you imagine it.

I've always been an animal lover. I've grown up with dogs my whole life. I think that is what helped me get the role on 'Lassie', I was comfortable around the dog, where many of the kids were afraid or intimidated by Lassie.

Sometimes in movies, I still have to be the hero, but it's not all that important to me anymore.

Nobody makes movies bad on purpose.

'Home Alone' was a movie, not an alibi.

It couldn't sound like a dog, because K9 isn't a dog, but I made it sound as mechanical as possible.

We are the movies and the movies are us.

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 think with movies I am really connecting to the Joseph Campbell idea of the collective unconscious.

Over the years all these vampire movies have come out and nobody looks like a vampire anymore.

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

One of my movies was called 'True Lies.' It's what the Democrats should have called their convention.

And I believe that you never be limited in what you do, so I like to do movies, I like to do television.

Movies are all about plot. Theater, even if it's story heavy, it's about ideas.

Theater has to resonate in your heart in a way that movies don't.

I was striving to be the most muscular man, and it got me into the movies. It got me everything that I have.

The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can't get work in the movies.

When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.

If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one.

I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that's been made from one of my books, I know that it isn't going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also know it has an idea that I'll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year, or a year and a half of my life working on it.

Somebody asked me about the current choice we're being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it's like two of the scariest movies I can imagine.

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.

By going to the movies, and because of other things, too, going to college, making a wide variety of friends, moving around traveling, I became a lot more open-minded than the heritage I was born into might have suggested.

I wanted to do another movie that could make us laugh and cry and feel good about the world. I wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times.

So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies. I take it seriously when I'm on the set, but I don't take myself seriously as an actor.

I realized this is what God has dealt me, and I should be thankful considering all that's happened to me in my life, but MS caused the movies to stop - stop dead - and I miss it.

Movies are not about the weekend that they're released, and in the grand scheme of things, that's probably the most unimportant time of a film's life.

I'm not a Hollywood basher because enough good movies come out of the Hollywood system every year to justify its existence, without any apologies.

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.

All my movies are achingly personal.

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.

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.

I'm not an admirer of action movies. I just think, Oh my God, it must be so tiring.

In life, single women are the most vulnerable adults. In movies, they are given imaginary power.

I still like the run and gun action movies and how truly dangerous it can be to make these films.

Frankly, I got into the movies because I like the movies a lot.

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.

I don't really have a schedule of when I want to show my children my movies.

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 have been pregnant in so many movies it's ridiculous.

There are a lot of movies that are unbelievable successes that I would be mortified to be a part of.

I am in so many movies that are on TV at 2:00 a.m. that people think I am dead.

I've been really enjoying writing articles and writing music and music for movies.

I worked very hard on those movies but there was some creative connection that wasn't being made.

I can be in 20 movies. But I'll never be an actor.

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.

In life and in movies, it's a similar challenge, where you have expectations, and you end up in situations that are not meeting your expectations.

Sex is a doorway to something so powerful and mystical, but movies usually depict it in a completely flat way.

Right now, my job is that I'm like an ambulance chaser. I've got to look for movies with white guys falling out of them.

Movies have takes. But plays are like life - you don't really get takes.

Dude, I didn't say Jude Law can't act. I didn't say Jude Law was in bad movies. I just said he's in every movie.

My movies are okay, but they're not my specials.

I'm not bragging but my movies have grossed well over a billion dollars.

I'm obsessed with zombies. I like watching zombie movies and I read zombie books.

Not only do I have to live, right, I have to get some cash for my troubles - it's a scary thing, and people need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies.

Movies are like magic tricks.

I'd maybe done about 12 movies when I decided that this was what I was going to do.

I'm used to watching old movies of myself.

Movies are very subjective.

I think there's a real joy in going to see movies when you discover them yourself.

Even in India the Hindi film industry might be the best known but there are movies made in other regional languages in India, be it Tamil or Bengali. Those experiences too are different from the ones in Bombay.

Later on they send me to Hollywood. To make movies. It was all new to me. I was only 21 years old.

The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again. My first picture was called, GI Blues. I thought I was still in the army.

Everyone related to me in my circle was from church: church friends, church school, church activities. All my friends weren't allowed to watch MTV or go to PG-13 movies or listen to the radio, so I didn't really know anything different. That's how I was raised.

My whole life has been movies and religion. That's it. Nothing else.

I've seen many, many movies over the years, and there are only a few that suddenly inspire you so much that you want to continue to make films.

I think less is more when it comes to kissing in the movies.

I'm doing 'Les Miserables,' the movie. I've done a lot of musicals and a lot of movies, and I know there are not a lot of people in Hollywood who have been down those two paths so I've been like, 'Come on, let's do a movie/musical.'

I have done many movies that people hadn't seen. 'The Fountain,' I spent a year on that. 'The Prestige' with Chris Nolan, and 'Australia.' From my perspective it's very satisfying. Some movies people see and other movies they don't. 'Wolverine,' 'X Men,' I know that in some level people know me just for that and it's fine for me.

The best movies are simple.

Nobody makes movies like Oliver Stone.

I'm not a strikingly handsome guy, but I'm in movies.

I was always raised on cowboy films, and then when I could start making choices about the movies I wanted to watch I found myself wanting to watch gangster films which were slightly more sophisticated than the baseline stuff that was in westerns.

Basically, there's not enough sex in movies, that's it. I'm trying to say it, people. I miss sex in movies because sex is natural, guns are not.

You know those movies where the people in the audience are screaming, 'Don't go in that door!' because you know the killer is there? Well, it is the same thing with this debt. We know how this ends.

I sure lost my musical direction in Hollywood. My songs were the same conveyer belt mass production, just like most of my movies were.

Those movies sure got me into a rut.

Too much TV hurts movies.

January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out.

Even the worst Bond movies, there's something to love about them.

My wife comes with me on all the movies, but she is not an appendage to a film star or anything like that. She is a completely intertwined partner. She is the other half of me. Also, we're still very much in love with each other. We always have been, we always will be.

My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay.

I don't know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighbourhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies.

I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was.

I don't want to criticize any other designers, but I have to say that many of the people involved in this industry - directors and producers - are trying to make their games more like movies. They are longing to make movies rather than making videogames.

I see a lot of movies. I love films as a spectator, and that's never obscured by the part of me that does the work myself. I just love going to the movies.

My children have never watched any of my films. Charlie knows that daddy makes movies, but he says they are not good enough for him to watch.

When I was a little boy I used to borrow my father's hat, and make a press card to stick in the hat band. That was the way reporters were always portrayed in the movies.

I really don't have favorites I'm just a fan of movies, period.

Hollywood is throwing action movies at me.

I had done some flimflam movies, but I didn't understand what being an actor meant anymore.

A lot of the struggle I had with movies is I really loved moments and tones and feelings in a scene, and I loved creating those, but I never really had great stories to string them together.

You take somebody that cries their goddam eyes out over phoney stuff in the movies, and nine times out of ten they're mean bastards at heart.

Sure, 'Twilight' is really huge right now and everybody's freaking out over it, but it will go away soon and I will be back to doing what I'm used to doing: weird little movies that nobody sees.

I go to the movies a lot, and I regret when I see some actor that I used to like, to find them offering no more surprises.

I live very normally, I go out with my friends, we go to the movies, I queue, we go to restaurants.

I wouldn't like to be in movies. Movie people are strange. They live a different life than musicians do.

I love scary movies. I like blood and gore, and I love Halloween movies.

Kids end up seeing my movies anyway but some of the mothers get mad at me so I figured I'd make one that I can't get yelled at for.

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.

The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent.

In the past I've made movies that were pretty universally liked. You can't really hate them. You can discard them, but you can't really hate them.

I look at American movies, the big muscles, and try to apply that to Chinese film-making.

I have a lot of repression. So repression is what I make movies about.

I think a lot of people do big movies not because they are talented artists but because they can function in the circumstances.

Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.

After making several tragic movies in a row, I was looking to do a comedy, and one without cynicism.

3D is quite a lot more advanced in animated movies for live-action movies we're just taking baby steps, we're just in the beginning.

I have a very busy life, and not many people who have a career and four kids go out a lot to the movies.

I knew that there were black people in Africa, of course, unfortunately because of movies such as 'Tarzan.'

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.

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.

Movies make you immortal and ageless.

I grew up watching all these crazy movies, European movies and stuff, and I guess that I always laughed at things that were a little more offbeat.

I will make action movies, I think, for a few more years, another five years.

If people are constantly reading about you, and you're overexposed, they've got no reason to go see your movies. Also, it's not pleasant or nice to have your privacy invaded.

I think it's better to be involved in one or two movies a year.

I've made so many movies playing a hooker that they don't pay me in the regular way anymore. They leave it on the dresser.

I don't want to make movies for kids, and I don't want to make movies for adults either.

Well, everyone likes movies when they're a little kid.

I made two movies before The Police had a hit record: I did Quadrophenia and a film called Radio On.

They say I can open movies, and that's nice in that it puts into people's minds that women can do it. It's not just Kevin Costner, not just Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not just the guys.

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.

Now on Friday nights, if I want to go hang out with friends, I go hang out with friends. If I want to stay in and be in the hot tub and have people over to watch movies, I do that.

I wasn't allowed to go to movies when I was kid my father was a minister. 101 Dalmatians and King of Kings, that was the extent of it.

What people adore about superhero movies is the signal quality of the Christopher Nolan films - their complete lack of irony when it comes to the portrayal of heroism and the need for heroes to confront evil.

I have realized that I hate going to the premieres of the movies that I'm in. Because I feel this tension after the movie is over that everyone feels obligated to say something nice to you. It's so unnatural and uncomfortable.

I do love the films I've done in the past. I work hard in my movies and my friends work hard and we're trying to make people laugh and I'm very proud of that.

I played Winnie Cooper on 'The Wonder Years' from ages 12-18, and did a few other movies during some of the summers.

I used to love to go to the movies - I'd see two in a row. A few times I even snuck into the second movie after it started... now that I think about it, that's kind of like shoplifting! Needless to say, I still love going to the movies, but I don't sneak in anymore.

Even when I was a little kid, I always said I would be in the movies one day, and damned if I didn't make it.

I really like children to watch my movies.

I've choreographed all of my movies.

When I got depressed, I watched Bruce Lee movies. I learned everything from Bruce Lee.

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.

It can have an enormous effect because big budget movies can have big budget perks, and small budget movies have no perks, but what is the driving force, of course, is the script, and your part in it.

People need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies.

The reason I chose the movies that I did was based on where they were being filmed.

I wanted to be in Jim Carrey comedy movies before I met him. I wanted to be a comedian on Stage 19, yukking it up.

Any time you stop looking at evil as a black and white thing, it's helpful. So the fact that there won't be any obligatory Islamic terrorist stereotypes in movies any more, that'd be helpful.

The movies I made early on may not have been great, but they were all commercially successful.

Movies such as 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' in 1939 to 'Dave' in 1993 portray Washington leaders as the ultimate Everymen - decent people just like you and me, only thrust onto greatness.

I do not quote my own movies. I think I would be pretty insufferable if I did.

People don't have these tidy little redemption arcs in reality the way they do in movies.

I'm not an especially highbrow person, but I have always loved small, quirky, edgy movies.

I don't know why, but I've always been a sucker for roller coasters in movies.

Going to the movies was a big event in my youth. My father would be the initiator - he'd have me put on a jacket to see a film.

You can't work in the movies. Movies are all about lighting. Very few filmmakers will concentrate on the story. You get very little rehearsal time, so anything you do onscreen is a kind of speed painting.

I like very much to do movies.

I like to direct movies, but I don't like to goof around for eight years talking about it.

Quite often - a lot of the work I had done had been extensively with women. Most especially in the theater, but also quite often in the movies. That has its own delights, and maybe pitfalls too.

You have to read scripts and audition and develop relationships. It takes a long time to develop a body of work but over the last 25 years I guess I've done that many movies. In hindsight it may seem effortless, but there's a lot of work that goes into it.

More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services - from movies to agriculture to national defense.

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.

When newspapers started to publish the box office scores of movies, I was horrified. Those results are totally fake because they never include the promotion budget.

I wanted to write and direct movies and not be forced to adapt them from a bestselling book.

I'm not mad about movies, there are too many people involved in the making of them, and they lack a definitive creative focus.

I love movies that make me cry, because they're tapping into a real emotion in me, and I always think afterwards: how did they do that?

I've been offered lots of movies. There's always some actor who's doing a project and would like to have me do it. But you look at the project and think, 'Gee, there are a lot of good directors who could do that.' I'd like to do something only I can do.

People feel the worst film I made was 'Jack.' But to this day, when I get checks from old movies I've made, 'Jack' is one of the biggest ones. No one knows that. If people hate the movie, they hate the movie. I just wanted to work with Robin Williams.

It's not like I sit around watching my movies again and again, but I've never quite believed actors when they say they don't watch themselves.

Very often when I go in to meet for movies or pilots, I'm put on videotape. I hate the notion that that tape is going to sit on a shelf and never get better.

It's like why people read scary books or go see scary movies. Because it creates a distance. They're scared, but they're not going to get hurt.

My movies just kind of sneak up on you. I don't have to worry too much about what everybody is going to say. Anyway, I really don't pay attention to what the world says about my movies. I just care about what my buddies think.

I'm not looking to get away from anything. I like what I've done. I like what I get to do and I enjoy working with my friends. I loved those movies, but this is incredible.

I like movies I can relate to.

I don't know many women who can relate to Sharon Stone and the kind of movies she does. I don't know a lot of guys who can relate to Tom Cruise's movies because they're on a kind of fantastic level.

There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life. But even those movies teach me things.

I spent all my time on my movies worried that people were eating and that the schedule was being kept, so to have experts in those areas giving me the brain space as a writer and director is huge.

Movies are movies, and I don't think any of them are going to hurt the moral fiber of America and all that nonsense.

I like the George Romero films, which were really great, social satire movies really twisted.

I love these movies where it's just about the film. You don't have my face on the poster. It's all about the movie. I like that.

It seems to me that one thing people do over and over again is try to figure out how to get married, stay married, fall in love, how to rekindle all this stuff. It seems to me to be a pretty eternal theme so I don't know if you can get typecast from making movies about men relating to women. It seems to be what is going on on the planet a lot.

It's just as hard... staying happily married as it is doing movies.

I've made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good.

My movies are important on an economic basis, on an artistic basis.

The movies have got more corporate, they're making fewer movies in general, and those they are making are all $200-$300m tent-pole releases that eat up all the oxygen.

Usually I do everything reverse. I practice something in movies and then I try it in real life.

I don't want to produce anymore small or independent movies because it's just too hard these days.

I was never into the popular school or clique or anything. Then I started doing movies when I was in high school, so then I got popular. Then the girls paid attention to you who didn't before.

I think being self-referential is really narcissistic. Who's to say anybody's even thinking of you that much? But some of these movies that I've done, people still recite lines to me, even 20 years later.

It's like those high-school yearbook photos that everyone would rather not see: Oh my God, look at that mullet hair. I have those photos too, but for me, they're, like, entire movies. And they show them on cable.

Most movies, once the action starts there's no more characters. You say a couple of dumb lines and then there's just explosions until the end.

You go back to those films of the '40s and '50s and hear the dialogue, the way the people played off each other - the wordplay. I think we've really lost that in movies.

The financial implode is bound to be reflected in the movies that are being made, there's no question.

Obviously, I'm attracted to heavier movies.

I want to be in movies that stand the test of time.

Ultimately, to have a career in movies, to a certain extent, certainly in England, you can't sustain a career in just English movies.

A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies you didn't intend to be there.

In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies.

You're creating new things in movies and people are going to steal them.

When you're making movies you've got to get obsessive.

I guess you could say I've been in my share of violent movies.

I was sick and tired of being an English actor who did a lot of American movies because I was cheap and good.

I always wanted to make movies.

If I wanted to make spy movies for the rest of my life, that would be one thing, but I don't want to just make spy movies.

People talk about mumblecore but I prefer bumblecore, hyper-realistic bee movies about how bees really are.

I'm not a film buff. I don't watch a lot of movies.

Growing up I didn't watch movies.

Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don't think so... I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games.

It's the contemporary woman that movies don't know what to do with, other than bathe her in a bridal glow in romantic comedies where both the romance and the comedy are artificial sweeteners.

Woody Allen is really the ultimate. I love that he believed in himself enough to do what he did. And I have that same feeling - that there's nobody that looks like me in movies, nobody would cast me as a romantic lead, but I want to do it and I feel confident that I can.

I think these movies are as much for people of that time as for people who weren't born. For people who weren't born, they see how leaders must act under a crisis situation, not trying to be re-elected or not trying to check polls, that they go from their gut check.

I tend to think of action movies as exuberant morality plays in which good triumphs over evil.

Now, if you are like me - if you are like practically anybody in America - then you probably hold some negative opinions about the French, based upon movies, rumors, recent headlines, unfortunate run-ins with Parisian waiters, or... you know... all that unpleasantness surrounding the Vichy regime.

Movies were never an art form, they were entertainment. It just evolved into an art form from there, and it's still evolving in different ways.

I love horror, I love scary movies, I love thrillers. If things creep you out and spook you? I love it.

Although charismatic, James Dean is no Harrison Ford. In the majority of his movies, sooner or later he got the crap beaten out of him.

I think we're very complicated and we're capable of all kinds of things, and movies don't reflect that.

I think it's more interesting to see people who don't feel appropriately. I relate to that, because sometimes I don't feel anything at all for things I'm supposed to, and other times I feel too much. It's not always like it is in the movies.

A lot of action movies today seem to have scenes that just lead up to the action.

How many movies do you see when you can say this director really knew what film he wanted to make? I can count them on the fingers of one hand.

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.

Being the son of a filmmaker, you are aware of a career as a director. You don't think of it as just movies, but as a life.

I want to make timeless movies.

When I started to watch some of the films I'd done, I realized I was doing movies that I might not actually want to see.

The movies I watch and the music I listen to and the books I read - those are important to me. It's very important to me, and I don't know what I would do without those things.

We can now have action movies with two stars where one might be African American and one might be Asian American. One of them doesn't have to be white, and the other one doesn't have to be the ethnic sidekick. We're way over that. And I think it's happening in society, too.

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 feel I want to grow as an actress and be better. I want to progress as a singer and songwriter, and produce movies and everything. So there'll be no time when I feel I've done it all.

I've made movies that we're very successful that we're a complete surprise, and I've made movies that I thought we're going to be very successful that, you know.

My favorite characters are the ones that are the most successful movies.

I've made three musical movies which is pretty good considering that not many are made but I was lucky in other ways. I came along when independent movies were starting to boom.

When videotape came so a lot of movies that I do have a kind of afterlife in video. Things where movies that I do would come and go they still come and go but you can go rent them and see them on TV.

I think if you do something effectively whether you're the lover or the comic or the action guy or the villain like I play movies are very expensive to make. Chances are you'll get asked to play that part again.

I have been in movies that I thought I wasn't very good in.

I make movies that nobody will see. I've made movies that even I have never seen.

I used to be prettier than I am, but I think I look better now. I was a pretty boy. Particularly in my early movies. I don't like looking at them so much. There's a sort of pretty thing about me.

I aim for a lifetime full of movies.

I don't know why I don't watch a lot of movies I can barely keep up with the things my friends are in. There isn't enough time in life.

It was like in Samoa when they'd put up a movie screen on the beach and show movies and the locals would run behind the sheet to see where the people went. It was pretty grim.

I can't watch scary movies right now, because living on my own, it kind of freaks me out.

There are movies where we are interested in seeing people's lives without agreeing with what they're doing.

The best movies have one sentence that they're exploring, a thesis, something that people can argue about over dinner afterward.

And being as I'm somebody who loves movies like The Machinist, I also love going along to big mass entertainment movies. I get in the mood for all kinds of movies, and so I like to try each of them.

In terms of the romantic kind of lead, I just never enjoy those movies very much. Maybe they'll come to interest me more as I get older. I doubt it, but maybe. Romantic comedies tend to be, for me, an oxymoron.

There are movies that require fantasy and slightly more fantastical acting. Lines that are good for certain movies, in real life circumstances, would be absolutely unbelievable things to really say, and you would look at these people like they're freaks for conversing that way. But somehow for certain styles of movies, it works, and it seems fine.

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 don't get it when you get so much openness about the way movies are made, and the special effects and the behind-the-scenes stuff and all of that. I can't help but feel like this reduces it a little bit.

I always leave that for other people to decide, because some of the things I consider to be disasters are some people's favorite movies. And that's what I like so much, is that you never know. Something intrigues somebody and means nothing to somebody else.

I'm so grateful for what Disney gave me and the experiences that I got, but at the end of the day, I can do so much more than what I did on that channel and in those movies.

Where I live, nobody who's fourteen is having sex and doing major drugs. And I think if you see it in the movies, you may be influenced by it. I think it's so important to preserve your innocence.

I want my movies to be audience experiences. As much as I like Michael Haneke, I'm not going to make a Haneke film. That's just not in my DNA.

There are only so many movies you can direct. And yet there are movies that I want to make sure make it to the screen in as honest a way as possible.

I'm trying to figure myself out through my movies. Whether it's big stuff like what we're doing here, or little stuff like, 'Why aren't I happier?' With every film I feel like I'm apologising for something. I feel I'm most successful when I'm looking for something that embarrasses me about my character that I'd like to expose.

There certainly is no secret in that there are plenty of people who don't like plenty of my movies. Each one of my films is personal each one of my films is emotionally autobiographical. And I like directors who do that. With each one of my films, I'm exploring one of my own issues and I try to expose myself a little in the film.

Making movies is difficult and you get disorientated sometimes - even when you're working with fantastic talent.

I've done many different movies in many different contexts.

I cry a lot, you know. Which is very difficult for a man to recognise, but I do. I cry in movies, you know, just watching movies.

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.

I'm not going to have a perfect career. It's better to be Billy Wilder and make lots of movies and have five or six great ones than to make so few movies that when you make a bad one it crushes you.

As far as writing, I like watching bad movies. Nothing stops me in my tracks more than watching a great film like 'The Godfather' or 'Dog Day Afternoon' or 'The Graduate.' You watch one of those, and you never want to write again. Whereas with bad movies, it makes you think, If that counts, I certainly could write.

I think romance is a tool, comedy is a tool and drama is a tool. I really just want to tell stories that challenge the viewer, move people, make you laugh, perhaps push an idea about being open-minded but never settle on a genre or an opinion. I hate genre. I like movies that are original in their approach.

I'm not Michael Moore. I think Michael Moore wants to tell you how to think. He wants to give you answers. I make movies to raise my own personal questions and not to give answers.

Well, Toronto, I consider to be the birthplace of my films. I've made three films and this is the third one to premiere here in the same theater on the same day at the same time - they are my audience. They're the people that I think about while I'm writing, directing, and editing. I specifically make movies for them.

I work constantly but I work at a lot of different things. You know, I run a theater company in New York, I direct plays, act in plays, in movies, so I try to keep it eclectic.

There are characters in movies who I call 'film characters.' They don't exist in real life. They exist to play out a scenario. They can be in fantastic films, but they are not real characters what happens to them is not lifelike.

You have to understand that crew members make movies so they're seeing a lot of actors all the time in their career acting.

What I like to do is just make good music, good movies, hopefully perform a good show full of energy and just have some fun.

The person that made me want to make movies, and the reason I do films, is Bruce Lee. He was an incredible actor, and he had a lot of charisma. Handsome, action, you know, everything was there. I loved Bruce Lee.

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.

I've turned down twentysomething million dollars for movies.

A lot of movies treat kids like idiots.

I've always wanted to make movies.

I think ever since I was preteen I wanted to direct movies and tell stories.

But then I go through long periods where I don't listen to things, usually when I'm working. In between the records and in between the writing I suck up books and music and movies and anything I can find.

I remember looking through magazines or watching movies even just a couple of years ago and being like, 'I really want to be part of that,' but not realizing what that was.

Listen, I think movies serve many different purposes, from those movies that are frivolous and just an entertainment, to movies that just go to exploring the complexities of the human soul. Everything is valid if it's done with honesty and dignity, and I actually do both of those types of movies in my career.

There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life - really! But even those movies that I'd like to forget teach me things.

I remember being a kid and sleeping over at my friend's house and staying up late and watching 'Nosferatu.' Vampire movies are supposed to be secret and bad. They should be rated R.

The nature of the movies is different than it was five years ago, and they're all driven by the possibilities of CGI, which means you can make anything happen on screen that you can possibly desire.

I hadn't made a big-budget film, and in Hollywood there's a sort of man and boys situation. You're a man, you make $80 million movies! As if it's harder to make an $80 million movie. Well, I guess businesswise it is because you have more executives to argue with.

I think I took my eye off the ball. From about 2005, 2006, 2007, I was out of it. I thought I could oversee movies and have it done for me, so to speak.

I've been involved with violent movies, and then I've also said at a certain point, 'I can't take it anymore. Please cut it.' You know, you've got to respect the filmmaker, and it's a really tough issue.

We didn't care if we were well-liked as long as the movies were good. We served the movie - that was our master at Miramax. In our second incarnation, the movie is still the master but we're getting the same results in more subtle ways.

When we talk about Oscars, it's almost as a symbol of excellence, and the American public and the worldwide public accept that symbol. So, a movie like 'The Artist' that costs $14 million, has to go out and compete with movies that cost $140 million. How does David deal with Goliath?

Last year, when 'Black Swan,' 'True Grit' and 'King's Speech' all grossed over $100 million, it gave studios and independent financiers the confidence to make daring movies and not do the same old you-know-what.

When people ask me what makes movies great, it's the material.

All my movies got screwed up because of my personality.

Over the years with movies, I've given directors notes.

Audiences want to see intelligent movies.

You know, my movies are important on an economic basis, on an artistic basis.

I've had such a great track record in making a huge profit when the movies are smaller.

All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema, and as a studio head it has been my pride and joy to have the ability to bring movies to audiences around the world.

Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.

I'm an actor. And I guess I've done so many movies I've achieved some high visibility. But a star? I guess I still think of myself as kind of a worker ant.

Movies are open doors, and at every door, I change character and life.

I just think old old movies, they make you concentrate and pay attention so much more. They feel so warm. A lot of modern digital videotape, it's just too bright. Don't know why, it's not warm.

I love huge movies. Not sure I am the guy to make them, but you can rely on me being there watching them.

Actors are steeped in a world of agents and where the next job is coming from and what are their expenses and what is the hotel like. You want to take them out of that world and dump them into another world, so that when you meet them on the screen they don't seem like the guy who was in two others movies that year.

I love watching the Bond movies obviously and I grew up reading the books as a kid. I've always loved them because of that.

People say you never remember anybody who dies in movies, and it's true, you don't. You don't even remember people who disappear.

I like action movies, even though I think action movies are kind of derided now. But there is something extraordinary about action movies, which is absolutely linked to the invention of cinema and what cinema is and why we love it.

Movies about space raise those questions of what we're doing here, and that inevitably introduces a spiritual dimension.

All I do is go to the movies.

I like all of the mental, psychological thriller movies too. I enjoy horror movies across the board.

I would do anything for a part, nearly anything. Being in movies doesn't mean being pretty.

Critics can be harsh and I think it's going to take me a long time to make people see what I have inside of me and that I really put my guts into movies and that I'm not superficial and that I'm not just a pretty face.

I don't make movies thinking: 'Oh, this is going to be a huge box-office hit.'

Sundance is weird. The movies are weird - you actually have to think about them when you watch them.

I like the good feeling movies.

I don't stop. It's my nature. People have to tell me to slow down. I plan on playing every role on Broadway. I want to do 'Evita.' I want to do 'Sweeney Todd' with Chris Colfer. We want to do 'Wicked.' I'll be Elphaba and he wants to play 'Guy-linda.' I want to do movies, make music. 'Glee' is only the beginning.

I love John Waters. There's stuff in it that's beyond the boundaries of my taste, but his movies have always been like that.

I'll probably pursue doing more movies, but not horror or movies with killers in them. I'll try to stick to happy movies. I want to act and direct like Jodie Foster. I admire her because she went to college and she's still doing the same thing.

I want to make all kinds of movies. I do want to make big movies that are a lot of fun to go to, but I also want to make movies that are going to stimulate some thought and maybe raise some awareness.

I do like to move and get physical in my movies.

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.

I have eclectic tastes in the movies I want to do.

I don't want to just do independent movies and I don't want to just do adventure films. I enjoy both, and I think both are cogent.

I'm the first to admit that I like going to, or my memories at least of going to Clint Eastwood movies or Charles Bronson or James Bond.

I like fantasy. I like horror, science fiction because I can get avant-garde with those performances in those movies.

I care about the connection with the audience. Film is such a powerful medium. Movies can change the way people think.

I do enjoy animated movies.

You don't want to be photographed? You don't want to be known? Then you don't need to be out there peddling movies.

I haven't deliberately set out to play the blonde bombshell in my movies. In fact, it's probably been quite the opposite. After the success of The Mask, I wasn't offered all that many blonde bombshell parts, to be honest. I think people believed from the beginning that I could actually walk and talk at the same time.

I actually think I have an audience member's sensibility about going to the movies.

I like four-hour movies.

I do like escapism. I like going to the movies on a Friday night and seeing something fun.

I crave working on those small independent movies because I love going to see those myself.

I've done movies with a sword before. But I haven't really been given the full responsibility of something like a Ridley Scott film.

I enjoy sports. I get a real joy from playing sports but I don't look for those movies. Oliver Stone wanted to know if I would do Any Given Sunday and it just didn't appeal to me.

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.

There are a lot of things that come to bear on movies now that I don't think are good for movies. They're trying to appeal to the biggest demographic and, when they do that, you sometimes flatten out.

I'm glad movies aren't going to please everybody, they can't. But what they have to be is recognisable. I don't equate myself with a master painter, but I think you can recognise my films.

I've never really broken this down before, but, in movies, you almost have no connection to fans. And if you do TV, you're kind of connected, but they know you as the TV name not your real name. If you do radio, there's more of a bond there. And then if you do a podcast it's like you're literally inside of your fans.

I mean, I kind of remember... I'm 36 now, so it's kind of hard for me to relate to what it was like when I was 25, or 24, but I do remember a period in time when that's how I defined who I was, by the music I listened to and the movies I went to.

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.

When we shoot 24, there are so many things I have to worry about, from the script to technical things to my performance, that I don't have a second to be bored or take anything for granted. We produce 24 hours of film a season, which is like making 12 movies.

Yeah, I mean the material, directors, the other cast, and if you think you can do something with the character then you do it and go from there. I am looking forward to doing some smaller movies.

People wrestle sometimes making movies, and I think that conflict is a very essential thing. I think a lot of very happy productions have produced a lot of very banal movies.

I like making movies for myself and my friends and people with my sensibility.

I just love movies.

There's this index that tallies up how much your movies have made, and if they haven't grossed a certain amount, then you're not bankable. I know I'm not Will Smith but, you know, my ranking's pretty low. The only studio picture I've done is 'Zodiac,' and that didn't perform that well.

I couldn't survive just doing independent movies. And I'd rather do modelling than movies or TV I didn't like.

I didn't know what types of movies I wanted to do. I want to do things that are different. I want to take my time with each role.

I just want to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully people will watch my movies.

I grew up when I was 15 when I had my first opportunity in movies. I watched every great movie for a year and a half, and since then I've asked myself how I can emulate such artistry. That's really my motivation. I want to do something as good as my heroes have done.

I like to think the movies that I've picked have something worthwhile to say. Something relevant.

I loved old black and white movies, especially the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals. I loved everything about them - the songs, the music, the romance and the spectacle. They were real class and I knew that I wanted to be in that world.

I had a daughter who was 9 years old and I had the feeling I wasn't going to be a real parent if I didn't quit making movies for a while and spend time with her. I also felt that I'd made enough movies and said what I had to say at the time.

And if people come up and say they like the movies you're in, it's a great compliment.

The thing about the UK is we don't really make that many great movies.

It's something I never dreamed I'd be doing, making movies.

Jet was very busy. I've been inspired by a lot of his movies.

Hollywood has the idea that movies have to be dumb. But especially movies for or about teenagers have to be really dumb!

I don't blame folks for not wanting to put me in their movies or whatever. I understand if their audiences had an association with me.

If the goal is to get the best artists, actors, and filmmakers in the world to create the best movies, Hollywood does a decent job. And I think no one would disagree with me that it also makes a ton of bad movies and employs a bunch of hacks.

Movies are different from real life.

I mean, movies in general tend to sort of portray time, space and identity as these very solid things. Time moves forward. Space is what it is. You are you, and you're always you.

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.

There's an absolute prejudice that good movies are dramas and comedies are more dismissable. But I couldn't disagree more.

I was a very interested arts student, I was always into that part of school and when I got into high school I went into architectural drafting. It gave me an understanding of how to build things and it's really helped me put things in perspective. With my music and my movies, to me it's all art.

Class is often invisible in America in the movies, and usually not the subject of the film.

Movies absorb our attention more completely, I think.

The movies that are made more thoughtfully or made or with more ambition often get just get drowned out by the noise.

A lot of people just go to movies that feed into their preexisting and not so noble needs and desires: They just go to action pictures, and things like that.

My childhood was influenced by the roles my father played in his movies. Whether Abraham Lincoln or Tom Joad in the 'Grapes of Wrath,' his characters communicated certain values which I try to carry with me to this day.

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.

I rarely see one of the 'summer blockbuster' movies. I'd like to see a stronger focus on smaller, smarter movies.

I took acting classes in college, and once I graduated, I decided to give acting a shot when I couldn't really think of anything else to do. It took me a couple of years to get an agent, and my first big break was The Fanelli Boys, which was a sitcom on NBC. Then I did a few television movies.

I was watching 'Up In The Air' and I thought, 'Jesus, who's the old gray-haired guy?' And it was me. I never wear makeup for movies and now it's starting to show.

The physical part of comedy is as hard as a lot of action movies. It scares me, but in a way that I like.

My passion is doing movies, and as long as I keep doing that, I'll be happy. I want to do movies, fun roles and dramatic ones. I love all of it.

My passion is doing movies, so as long as I keep doing that I will be happy.

I'm fed up with the idiots... the ever-widening gap between people who know how to make movies and the people who green-light the movies.

Reality TV looks more like America than movies do.

I'm a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way.

I've played a lot of mothers in my movies.

There really are three types of 'religious' movies: the ones that make fun of it, the ones that vilify it and the ones that literally preach to the converted.

I, for one, am tired of seeing movies about men damaging each other.

Why be boring? Have some fun. Rock shows should be like movies: I don't go to a movie hoping it'll change my life.

Even if we die at 100, we're still dying young. I want at least 700 years. There's a lot of travelling and books to read and movies to see. I'm not going to squeeze it all in in 85 years.

I'm a big fan of vampire movies generally and that sort of tradition of characters.

I don't really care where movies come from as long as they're worth making.

I'm a fan of action movies.

Usually when you see females in movies, they feel like they have these metallic structures around them, they are caged in by male energy.

Before I'd written movies, I never could do big set-piece scenes with a lot of different speakers - when you've got twelve people around a dinner table talking at cross purposes. I had always been impressed by other people's ability to do that.

My interest in film is sort of catholic - apart from science fiction and horror movies, I'll watch almost everything.

I definitely have found a balance. I've had so many offers in the past to do different movies or different things and I always choose tournaments over it.

I love going to movies.

I grew up on Bette Davis movies, and Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe.

I don't think we're living in great times for movies, to tell you the truth.

You have to get the audience invested even if you're doing something that they think is dumb, it's kind of what these movies are all about.

If you really want to be competitive in today's market you have to be in movies that make money.

And you also have to do movies that are about commerce because that's what is required of the industry today.

The movies people don't talk about or remember after six months' time don't really matter.

Well, it was actually - I brought the idea of doing a documentary to HBO back in 2000, when there were some press reports sort of were bandied about that there were going to TV movies based on some of the books that were out.

I find that when you see somebody in the tabloids all the time, you have no desire to see them in movies.

I'm not sure anybody's ready to see me in a drama. And loving movies so much, I've seen a lot of comics try to make that transition too fast, and it can be detrimental. And I don't think I've had as much success as I need in the comedy genre to open up those opportunities.

There are a lot of movies I've done that come and go, and don't really establish a growing fan base.

I don't generally do movies that get good reviews.

I was a total athlete. I loved sports, but when I realized I wasn't going to be a professional athlete, I realized I wanted to be in movies.

The irony is that you can't use real rain to make movies.

My bar for being successful is being able to do movies that really mean something to me and being able to make a living off of that.

The reason I keep making movies is I hate the last thing I did. I'm trying to rectify my wrongs.

You see so many earnest characters in movies all the time, everyone has a purpose.

Some quality performances and movies have a chance to be rewarded, but it's not like it's a bible.

I've been on so many movies. Generally, I haven't gotten to be on the ground level. As of two years ago, in 'Dear John,' I got to really be on the ground floor. I wasn't a producer. I felt like I put the work in, and I did have a lot of sway on what got fixed, reshoots, so on and so forth. It felt really good.

In all the movies I'm in love with someone in my head. There's always love in a film somewhere. It doesn't matter even if it's an action movie.

I was terrified to do 'G.I. Joe.' I had no idea how to do one of those movies. I was kind of scared. You know, if one of those doesn't work, it's a huge hit on your career. People are like, 'Well he couldn't make a $170 million movie work. I don't want him in my film.'

I don't really make movies because I want to see my face on a billboard or because I want to get good reviews or have a big box office. That doesn't really matter to me at all.

The only reason why I would like to be accepted? Because if your movies don't do well, after a while you don't get to make any more movies.

Awards were made in Hollywood, in whatever the time it was created. They're to promote each other's movies. You give me an award, I give you an award and people will believe that we are great movies and they'll go to see them. It's still the same.

Now, there are so many movies, so many festivals, and so many awards going on, each judged with each other, like your work is worse than others and that's not fair. How can you tell what's best and what's worst from these awards? We're talking about art.

Bond is the longest-running franchise ever and there's a reason for that: they are action movies but they are also touched by current events without being political or too serious.

I think what's dangerous about being an actor who does action movies is you think, 'Well, I can totally handle myself now.' But if my opponent didn't know the other half of the routine, I don't know how well I'd do.

I missed out on everything. Sometimes on the street I see teenagers hanging out and going to the movies, going to concerts, and I get so jealous.

I think what a lot of action movies lose these days, especially the ones that deal with fantasy, is you stop caring at some point because you've lost human scale.

With the CGI, suddenly there's a thousand enemies instead of six - the army goes off into the horizon. You don't need that. The audience loses its relationship with the threat on the screen. That's something that's consistently happening and it makes these movies like video games and that's a soulless enterprise. It's all kinetics without emotion.

I think I made good movies.

I like movies that are about real people in real time with real problems.

I learned a lesson which I didn't heed: Don't put yourself in your movies. It's too much.

I went through this very serious Woody Allen phase in college and a little bit after college. I still see his movies.

If military movies were automatically successful we'd make nothing but military movies. But seriously, patriotism is one thing that all Americans have in common.

I love vampire movies. I think they are sexy.

Yes, I'm going to be the President of the United States. You know why? You think you can get chicks by being in the movies? You can really get chicks by being the President.

I kinda see my current position like this: Here's your five minutes in the toy store, so you gotta do all the good movies you can before 'Chuck Woolery' rings the bell.

The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money.

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.

Not that it entirely matters: There is a perception that all actors make their movies. A lot of people assume you're responsible. George Clooney told me actors get all of the blame and all the credit.

My movies are unadorned, they're not particularly fancy, I think they're kind of workmanlike in some ways, focusing on the writing and the acting.

I knew I had to get out of Boston and stop making movies there, at least for one movie, otherwise no one would ever consider me for a movie that took place south of Providence.

I've never held myself up particularly high when I had movies that worked, and I never held myself all that low when I had failures.

You don't go to the movies to do historical research, unless it's historical research about the movies.

As much as I hate his movies, Oliver Stone has an aspiration I admire, and that is that he wants his art to be part of what makes and changes public policy and cultural practice.

I write plays and movies, I live and work at the borderline between word and image just as any cartoonist or illustrator does. I'm not a pure writer. I use words as the score for kinetic imagistic representations.

I just love movies, so suddenly, you're political about movies, and that's dark. It's just not fun when something you love becomes calculated.

I always, always meant to be on stage. I only ended up even auditioning for television and movies because I was understudying a Turgenev play on Broadway and was so broke that, when I got a mini-series, I had to take it and was so ashamed because I was such a snob.

I love movies with spectacle but spectacle can be a performance, it doesn't have to be a creature.

I have nothing against 3-D in theory. But I've also never run to the movies because something's in 3-D.

When I was a kid going into the movies, you weren't force-fed information everywhere you looked about what the movie was going to be.

On radio and television, magazines and the movies, you can't tell what you're going to get. When you look at the comic page, you can usually depend on something acceptable by the entire family.

When I was a little kid - and even still - I loved magic tricks. When I saw how movies got made - at least had a glimpse when I went on the Universal Studios tour with my grandfather, I remember feeling like this was another means by which I could do magic.

Making movies was more a reaction to not being chosen for sports. Other kids were out there playing at whatever I was off making something blow up and filming it, or making a mould of my sister's head using alginating plaster.

I don't see that many movies lately that are actually about something, that are trying to challenge something about the way that people interact.

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 appreciate a slow-burn romance. In most movies, everyone is just tearing their clothes off in the first scene.

I really unfortunately don't have tons of hilarious Sundance stories, because really I am not the biggest fan of hanging out, but the reason why is because I never go see other people's movies and I think that's the way to do it.

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.

I'm a movie nut. I go to the movies probably twice a week, and if I'm not doing anything at night, I'm usually watching a movie or two.

I think there's a vague sense out there that movies are becoming more and more unreal. I know I've felt it.

I've always been a movie guy, movies have been my thing. I love movies, all kinds of movies.

You know when Hollywood does a great big blockbuster that really wraps you up in a world, and lets you believe in extraordinary things that move you in some way, in an almost operatic sensibility? That to me is the most fun I have at the movies.

To be honest, I don't enjoy watching movies much when I'm working. They tend to fall apart on me a bit.

I go to the movies at least five times a week, and after a while everything becomes a blur to me.

But most good movies have a gun in them.

I do believe that movies are subject to a million interpretations.

I'm scared of scary movies.

I've only been to high school on TV and in movies. I've never actually been to high school.

I love doing kind of more kiddish-oriented movies, but I also love doing adult things. And I think it's fun to do a mix.

Well, getting behind the camera is something I've always wanted to get involved with. Ever since I was doing movies like 'Zathura' I was very interested in all the different jobs on set and kind of soaking all the information up like a sponge.

The way I look at it, movies are a different medium for storytelling than books.

I love doing roles and movies that are different from each other.

In all honesty I think that I've had a very normal life, even though I've been making movies since I was 9.

There's definitely a large fan base for the 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter' movies that need their next fix.

I like simple things. I like to sneak in the theatre and watch movies. I'm a movie buff.

If I did any movies I'd have to take a break from singing, because I'd want it to be really good.

Not everybody goes to movies to get their life changed.

The music led to the acting. But movies aren't something you can just will yourself into. Someone has to choose you, and you have to be quite fortunate to be chosen.

I quit doing the movies because the wrestling was going so good and was so on fire during the '80s and '90s, but I was getting all these movie scripts.

Shooting this one was kind of like a two month party, we would literally play music between takes, and other movies that were shooting on our lot would play hookey, come over and hang out and stuff. We had a great time.

Comedy. It was just huge in my house. Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness, Monty Python and all those James Bond movies were highly regarded.

I grew up in Toronto and as long as I can remember, as long as there was cable, even those old cable boxes that were wired to the TV, there have been Bollywood movies on Toronto TV.

I really don't have any solutions and I don't like movies that do.

I've kind of come to the conclusion that what passes for realism in movies has nothing to do with reality and that my stuff is more realistic than that.

In a lot of movies, especially big studio ones, they're not constructed in any other way than to get people to like them and then tell their friends. It's a product.

I'm very particular about the kind of music that I record and sing, and it would be the same way about the kind of movies that I would do.

Movies, as evidenced by a chorus of protesting and celebrating Americans, influence broader trends.

There's too much down time making movies. That leads to boredom. And that leads to trouble.

Live theater to me is much more free than the movies or television.

All my movies, like Revenge, are under two hours.

I find that you learn from others. It's very much about watching TV and watching movies for me and grasping that way and watching other people act.

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.

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 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 never think it's right to chew gum in front of other people, but a lot of times I'll come in for a meeting chewing gum and I'll forget I'm chewing it. Then you don't want to swallow it because it stays in your system for seven years or something, so I've asked to throw it away. I've started to wonder if that's why I didn't get certain movies.

I just feel like with independent movies... they're really free to do whatever they want. They're not afraid to make a statement about anything, and there's not a huge studio behind them making sure that everything is wholesome and politically correct and all that.

I really like Gwyneth Paltrow a lot, as far as her career, because I think she's done a lot of small movies but she's also done great, big movies, and she's a really great actress.

I loved the movies and I wanted to be like Marilyn Monroe. I thought she was so glamorous and everyone seemed to love her. I wanted to be like that and I told everyone I would be the next Marilyn Monroe.

I actually have a thing about proper nouns. They clang on my ear in a weird way when I hear them dropped into movies.

When I go to movies and I love the movie, it's because it feels like it articulated something about how we're living now, and also gives me some insight into my own life. I feel actually altered after having seen it.

A lot of times, we're just sold these movies that are really cynically conceived and marketed, and they just want you there opening weekend, before everybody finds out it's not so good.

I didn't have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies.

I'm a sci-fi girl. If I can have anything in life, I'd want tons of great science-fiction movies and stories. It's so progressive, beautiful, and imaginative.

I think as an American society, when we're paying too many taxes or dealing with war, we don't want to see sad things at the movies.

I'm always working on stuff. But they never materialize. I'm always working on movies and TV shows.

Violent behavior exists in one's psychological makeup much deeper than the level that receives information from television or movies.

All through my life what I've loved doing is watching movies. I love the escapism of film, I love stories. So it is incredible to be able to be in them as much as I am, to see them from the first stitch in a costume to the end product.

I like to play guitar, jam out, play the blues, go watch movies. I love movies.

I spent much of my later childhood and adolescence very, very involved and interested in art, and particularly in animated movies.

I have to say I regretted giving up animated movies.

I've had the good fortune to have a much more diverse life than most people would, professional sports and television and news and movies.

I love crying at romantic movies like 'The Notebook.' I'm always bawling.

I filmed seven movies in 2011 and I think that was a mistake. I pushed myself too hard and I want to be able to come to work each day and give 100 percent. I guess I found out what my boundaries are.

I'm into 'The Walking Dead,' 'Shaun of the Dead,' obviously, and I've seen all the Romero movies. I am a classic zombie queen. And I love the White Walkers on 'Game of Thrones.' Weirdly, it wasn't until pretty late in life that I found my entry point into horror films.

I don't even like watching sex scenes in movies. I have a slight prudish side to me.

The one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks.

People called '28 Days' and '28 Weeks' zombie movies, and they're not! It's some sort of virus they're not dead.

All movies assault the viewer in one way or another.

The movies and the parts I'm being offered are becoming better and better.

Movies for adults sucked in the 1980s, and music for adults sucked even worse whether we're talking about Kathleen Turner flicks or Sting albums, the decade's non-teen culture has no staying power at all.

When I meet gay fans out and about, they're so great to talk to - and I'm big on hugging, because I'm from the Midwest. They're just so energetic and loving. I'm proud to have those fans, and their support means a lot to me. I don't want just girls coming to my movies I want guys to come, too!

'Immortals' is all action. I love action movies. That's really where I want to spearhead my career.

Even though I make those movies, I find myself wishing that more of those magic moments could happen in real life.

I really liked Carrie a lot. That was one of Brian De Palma's best movies.

I didn't really want to do another sequel. I go to those movies, and I just sort of enjoy them like a viewer.

For me, relationships are the real action movies. Bombs are exploding every day and the kitchen is Ground Zero.

I really love the independent movies and I just think that sometimes when they throw a lot of money into it and a lot of special effects and a lot of stunts that you lose the connection, the human connection and I personally love movies that are about the human connection.

The movies that made me want to make movies were action movies, and thrillers, and Kurosawa films, you know, where you have an opportunity every day to shoot it in an unusual way. I was looking for something like that.

The kind of pace that you want to use in a Western - just to acknowledge the land in the distance that everyone has to travel, and the way things develop sort of slowly - it's almost the antithetical of what's currently going on in the movies, you know.

I mean, the trouble with some of the kind of relationship movies I've done, is there's only so many ways you can shoot a conversation. I was really tired of talking heads.

I loved Alien, and I loved Carrie, and I loved The Exorcist - those were big movies for me. They were just brilliantly done, and unusual, and they all took horror to some new place.

I mean, look, I love movies, not just the ones I make... In fact, I don't like the movies I make very much.

Each one of my movies becomes easier to get off the ground.

The novel succeeds on terms exclusive to literature. A good film succeeds on terms exclusive to the cinema. That's why so many bad novels can become good movies, like 'Jaws' or 'The Godfather.'

I guess maybe I try to make movies that are closer to real life than are many Hollywood movies. But I still try to stay within a commercial narrative, a contemporary American vernacular.

It's so great in Hollywood now. You have people past 40 sitting and talking about serious stuff, writing and making movies and TV, but there's laser pistols and superheroes and alien monsters involved. It's viable and mainstream.

My fans mean everything to me - especially the sisters! When you're on 'The View' or you're doing movies and stuff, you're a little bit insulated. It means so much to me when a woman comes up to me and says, 'Sherri, you said what I feel.' That just means so much to me to know that I have that support.

I'll tell you what I really enjoy. We all go to the movies, we all watch television, we know what they're about, how they work. When the main character is a cop or a spy, it's very exciting, but I also very much enjoy when the main characters are nobodies - a trucker.

Music in movies is all about dissonance and consonance, tension and release.

I honestly don't love the Cheech and Chong movies, I've got to say.

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.

I've seen a lot of movies get made where no one has control. No one likes it.

Trying to constantly get yourself into movies is extremely stressful and sometimes just impossible.

I like making sci-fi movies because I like watching sci-fi movies. I like watching horror. I like being in a horror movie. I'm a fan. My perspective's a little different just because I get to participate as well as spectate.

I have a trophy case that contains all the action figures ever made of me. It also has items I've stolen from my movies, like three guns and holsters from 'Serenity'.

I've always fantasized about being on TV. And I was. Then I fantasized about being in the movies. What could be better than captain of a space ship? I get to ride horses, shoot guns, have adventures.

For movies to get greenlit solely based on the success of other movies that have a lot of women in them? It's so ridiculous to me.

I do sort of gravitate towards smaller, indie-type movies.

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.

When you're on your deathbed, you probably aren't counting the movies you've made.

I don't rehearse a lot. I try to keep it organic. Even in movies, the less I rehearse, the better I am.

I don't like doing movies, period. Movies are hard. I like TV.

I don't think people have been able to deal with the fact that African American filmmakers can make movies about life and relationships.

I have personal beliefs and they are sometimes reflected in the movies I make, but I also reflect other points of view.

I enjoy about 1 out of 100 movies, it's about the same proportion to books published that I care to read.

The long and short of it is that I am now in a position in England to green light movies, and that's really excellent - not high-budget movies, but movies none the less.

I'm also doing constant book readings, movies. You name it, I'm doing it.

I was at the end of the studio system so when I walked into movies, I had a magnificent suite in which I had a living room and a kitchen and a complete makeup room. I had everything just for me. With the independents, you're kind of roughing it, literally.

I could really use a corporate sponsor. People think that because you're in the movies, you're rich. I have allocated all my resources to Shambala so the animals will always be safe.

So I do have to work, you know, and I find as many movies and TV shows that I can, because otherwise I wouldn't have an income.

I don't enjoy movies in 3D. I find I can't engage with the story as well.

I've been asked to do action-oriented movies in the past and they just haven't been right for me.

I like high impact movies.

Here's the thing about movies, all movies end up on television. That's their life. Whether you like it or not, I don't care how much money you spend on it, or how big or broad the film is, or who the actors are in it, eventually it's all coming out of the box.

Audiences don't ever disappoint me, in the sense that movies I feel really good about, they usually feel really good about too.

I think America becomes more disgruntled by going to the movies and having an endlessly good time at them.

Movies have to handle time very efficiently. They're about stringing scenes together in the present. Novels aren't necessarily about that.

I want to be around for a long time, singing and making albums and movies.

I want to do movies that I'm proud of where my kids, at some point, can see and I can feel comfortable sitting there watching it with them. And just that move people. That make people feel a little bit better about themselves when they leave the theatre.

I'm fighting the label of 'Black' actress simply because it's very limiting in people's eyes, especially people who are making movies.

I was in television drama, which is a first cousin to the movies, and I trust myself to make the right decisions.

One of the reasons why people - particularly young people - love action movies is because what they are really looking for is justice.

People go to the movies to watch a film and all they're thinking about is the actress's cellulite they saw in a magazine.

I don't direct movies for a living.

I would be too selfish if I said everyone should see my movies more than once. To say that would mean I'm just marketing my work!

I have worked on very good movies that have been buried, and I've worked on some resounding mediocrities that have been paraded through the marketplace like they were masterpieces.

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 made some bad movies. And I really enjoyed it!

I want to make movies about my country from my point of view.

You know, comics and movies, even if you take a comic and turn it into a movie, we can't all be Joss Whedon.

So I know how I watch movies which is on my laptop, man. And that's how I suspect a lot of people do it.

Other filmmakers make their movies and put them out and that's that. For me, for some odd reason, it goes deeper than that.

I didn't get into this so I could talk about my work, my movies. You become an actor to act.

It's always uncomfortable for me when I take off my shirt. No one else is taking their shift off. Why is everyone else in these movies bundled up in layers of clothing and I'm taking my clothes off all the time?

It's too expensive, that's the thing nobody wants to talk about. It is too expensive to make movies. That's not true, it is too expensive to market movies. Making movies is not.

I'd see movies, comedies, and I loved 'Animal House', I loved all the John Hughes stuff, but I never saw me and my friends totally represented.

In anything I've ever written, all the characters sound like me, which I don't think is a bad thing. It makes sense. But I had always admired filmmakers who made movies that didn't sound like them at all.

I don't watch the movies I make, so I haven't seen 'Footloose' since it came out. You see this young, hungry actor, it's pretty fun. I was the only one they screen tested. It was an attempt by the director and producer to talk the head of the studio into hiring me because they didn't want me.

I'll be honest with you. My kids don't watch my movies and never have. I can maybe name a film one hand that they've seen, actually, all the way through.

I'm not one of those actors where filmmakers that I admire ask me to be in their movies. I meet them at parties and they're nice to me, but they never ask me to work with them.

Frank is such a great visual storyteller, that if you study his artwork you see that his Sin City books are already the best movies never seen on the big screen.

I do like strong women in my movies. I have five sisters, so I've just grown up with that model.

It's difficult to do a genre film well, and it doesn't matter if you're talking vampire movies or 'Dawn of the Dead' or 'The Thing' or 'Escape From New York.' Those kind of movies, they understand what the old-school B-movie is supposed to be, they get the throwback of it.

If I do three movies in a year, I don't feel like acting ever again.

Right now, if you're interested in being a dramatic actor, they're not making that many just regular dramas. Movies have to have some other thing going on.

I don't know what has happened to movies, but lately every movie is at least 20 minutes too long. It used to be that if you were three hours long it was because it was epic - a movie about Gandhi something with very important subject matters.

If you're not a real chameleon of an actor and if you're not one of those guys who can really shape-change themselves all the time, one of the ways to keep pushing yourself and keep changing is to be in different kinds of movies.

My grandmother and I saw an average of eight movies a week, double features, second run.

I don't like to watch my own movies - I fall asleep in my own movies.

Movies are hard work. The public doesn't see that. The critics don't see it. But they're a lot of work. A lot of work.

I don't want to imitate life in movies I want to represent it. And in that representation, you use the colors you feel, and sometimes they are fake colors. But always it's to show one emotion.

Most movies suck, even the independent ones. Hollywood is like baseball: Hit three good ones out of 10 and you're a Hall of Famer.

For horror movies, color is reassuring because, at least in older films, it adds to the fakey-ness.

I think everyone who makes movies should be forced to do television. Because you have to finish. You have to get it done, and there are a lot of decisions made just for the sake of making decisions. You do something because it's efficient and because it gets the story told and it connects to the audience.

We were raised without movies, theater or music. We had only nature, the hills, the trees. When I got on the set of 'Manon,' I wasn't star-struck because I didn't know what a star was.

I don't always see my movies right away. And there are some I haven't seen at all. Sometimes that bothers the directors, so I'm obliged to see them.

I'm sure a bunch of 15-year-old kids would way rather I do 'Superbad 2' than 'Moneyball.' But I would love to do movies like 'Superbad' and movies like 'Moneyball.'

I just like to act and write and produce. To me, making movies is the ultimate goal.

Besides the fact that I make movies, there's nothing interesting about my life at all, unfortunately.

Once you make a movie like 'Superbad,' when it's popular and you're the lead, you get offered all kinds of things and there's a temptation to make bad movies either for the money or to maintain your relevance in pop culture.

All my friends were in college when I was making 'Superbad.' We were drinking beer and watching movies and eating pizza. It wasn't like I was going to nice restaurants or anything like that, and I lived like a frat guy. Eventually it was time to grow up, be healthy and be responsible. You can't live like a kid forever, you know?

I think our culture has gotten so skewed. People assume that because you're an actor you want to write a book to exploit your celebrity, but my celebrity is only a byproduct of me making movies. I have no intention of being a celebrity.

Look, at the same time that I don't want to be a celebrity, I understand that when you make movies you put yourself out in the public eye. I'd be a baby and a fool to be like, 'Why are there cameras taking pictures of me?' when I'm on a billboard for a movie. I think that's a very absurd concept.

I love it, man I'm 23 years old and I'm lucky enough to write movies as a job! I just feel really blessed and can't believe it's happening.

I like movies about failing.

In movies and in television the robots are always evil. I guess I am not into the whole brooding cyberpunk dystopia thing.

I cast unusual people in my movies.

I'm really proud of 'Moneyball.' To me, it's about feeling pride in a movie I made. I think when I'm an old man I'll be able to show it to my grandkids with pride. That's all I can really go for: making movies to please me.

People are always wondering if I am an artist or political activist or politician. Maybe I'll just clearly tell you: Whatever I do is not art. Let's say it is just objects or materials, movies or writing, but not art, OK?

I've always been in the middle of making my own movies, so taking acting jobs that take me away from that has been impossible.

By the way, movies are like sporting events in that you're as good as the movie you're in. You can sit in a room for 20 years and go do a movie and you can just kill in it and you move to the head of the line again. By the same token, you can do five movies a year and if they're dreck, it's nothing.

Listen, there are some movies that are set in stone and the writer or the director does not want to change, but I've never worked on a movie, including my own, that didn't take advantage of a rehearsal process.

I've done performances in movies that I was immensely proud of and the movies didn't take off like a rocket at Cape Canaveral, it didn't take off.

I got into film-making because I was interested in making entertaining movies, which I felt there was a lack of.

What I liked about American movies when I was a kid was that they're sort of larger than life and I think I'm still suffering from that reaction.

I'm just happy to be a film where for once I don't have to worry about my hair, because my managers are always complaining about my hair looking depressing in my movies. Which is true. I mean, it's true.

Movies are movies: they take you back in time, and how it still is for some.

I was always attracted to science fiction movies.

I watch and listen to movies today and am shocked by the way actors deliver their lines. Everybody mumbles now and I don't understand why.

Making movies is just like betting on horses at the racetrack.

It just proves good movies don't need 100 million dollars to be good.

Why should you have to atone for making big movies?

In terms of number of movies, I've been in an extraordinary amount. If you count only the minutes I'm onscreen, it's not so long.

I've found that if you wear a beret, people think you're either a cabdriver or a producer of dirty movies.

I never read. The paper or anything. I watch a lot of movies, and TV series and stuff. But I never, never read.

John Barry was my hero when I was about 13. His scores to the James Bond movies were the scores of my life back then.

Movies are movies, television is television.

Well, look at all of these summer blockbusters. You can't help but laugh a little, because you've already seen a lot of these movies 482 times.

You can figure out who you were by which movies you loved when.

The movies were custard compared to politics.

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.

I look at myself as an audience member. I still love movies, and I still go and sit in the back of the big dark room with everybody else, and I want the same thrill.

I grew up watching those blaxploitation movies. Ron O'Neal, Richard Roundtree, Jim Brown, Pam Grier. For the first time, I saw 'The Negro' get one over on 'The Man.'

I kind of realize that I have a tendency to choose the kind of films I watched when I was a kid and would go home and pretend with my friends that we were in those movies after we saw them.

All movies aren't fun some are hard work. You try to do something and convey a set of emotions that have to do with some real life kind of stuff.

People go to movies on Saturday to get away from the war in Iraq and taxes and election news and pedophiles online and just go and have some fun. I like doing movies that are fun.

For a number of years, I'd been around the kind of people who financed movies and the kind of people who are there to make the deals for movies. But I'd always had this naive idea that everybody wants to make movies as good as they can be, which is stupid.

A lot of the themes of my movies, the actual stories, come from tabloid stories.

I was going to make movies. I was the one in the family who was always rolling the video camera, making movies of my brothers around town, and then screening them for my parents. I still would love to make movies someday... that's something that really means a lot to me, and I know I'll have the chance to do it one day.

Bill Hanna and I owe an awful lot to television, but we both got our start and built the first phase of our partnership in the movies.

I'd love to act more. I've had to turn down multiple movies because I was on tour, but it's encouraging to know that someday there might be the right role, the right timing. And I've been writing a lot of music, so hopefully very soon I'll have recorded a project of my own. I also want to get a boat and open a restaurant.

My agent said, 'You aren't good enough for movies.' I said, 'You're fired.'

I don't make movies because I think audiences will want to go see them.

I've managed to do movies and still keep a lifestyle where I can go to ballgames, go to a grocery store like everybody else.

All my good movies, nobody sees.

When we were doing 'Freaks and Geeks', I didn't quite understand how movies and TV worked, and I would improvise even if the camera wasn't on me. I thought I was helping the other actors by keeping them on their toes, but nobody appreciated it when I would trip them up. So I was improvising a little bit back then, but not in a productive way.

I don't know any form of art or entertainment that can affect people the way movies can. I know it sounds ridiculous, but they can change your world. They can change your views.

What do I geek out about? What am I? Hmmm. I love movies. I watch movies. I like big, sweeping epics, like Ed Zwick stuff: 'The Last Samurai,' 'Legends of the Fall,' 'Blood Diamond,' 'Glory.'

I'll work with a director if I think I'm going to get into a comfortable situation, and if it's someone I respect and who respects me, even if they're not so well known. Movies are hard to make, and you have to work toward a common ethic and do your best.

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.

The way Hollywood portrays mothers - you're either all good and saint-like, or you're all bad. And I think the real honesty of motherhood is not given a voice in movies. I miss that as an audience member.

When they make a woman's picture, they treat it like a 'woman's picture.' In the '40s, they didn't treat Joan Crawford movies like that, but as the big movies of their year. I'm upset that there's no 'Terminator' with a woman in Arnold Schwarzenegger's role. Because that would make just as much money.

When I go into making a movie, personally, I don't try to bring other pieces of movies with me.

I think there's an instinct to make grotesque horror films that are purely carnal, like the 'Saw' movies.

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.

I watch movies occasionally, and I watch documentaries. Virtually nothing else.

I never stopped studying Buddhism. In the past few years, in between movies, I do a retreat.

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.

Coming Home had been made before and Apocalypse Now and Deer Hunter, different kinds of movies.

Luis Bunuel made great movies.

I'm terrible at horror movies, by the way. I get scared so easily.

Part of the reason why movie bosses are so obsessed with crime movies is because they know that world and the criminals. And that's what they are - they would not hesitate to act illegally to achieve profit and gain.

One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.

As a kid, I liked the 'Halloween' movies and 'Nightmare On Elm Street' and all that kind of stuff. But as an adult, I really don't watch much horror, to be honest.

I'm a big kid, I'm a kid at heart, so I still love the classic family films, such as the great Warner Bros film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' - not the remake, but the original. It's still one of the best movies, hands down, ever made, and of course that goes back to the ingenuity of the characters and the storyline.

I went to film school and wanted to learn everything there was about making movies.

I'm a person who likes these sort of movies... sad but moving 'art movies' that normally are at a festival and then they go to a small art house theater and disappear.

In theater or movies you see either 'I'm religious' or 'I'm an atheist.' I've never seen too much discussion of 'I believe there's a higher power but I'm hesitant to reach out to him because I don't know if I'm worthy of his attention.'

I've never been interested in action movies. Definitely not interested in sci-fi.

And the VCR did the same thing: the movie industry thought nobody would ever watch movies any more.

I'm a spoilt brat. I thought I was just going to walk in and make movies. But I'd been my own boss for so long that all of a sudden to be facing a roomful of people who were niggling over every little scene... I just thought I'd go back and draw my comics and have a happy life.

I grew up on the crime stuff. Spillane, Chandler, Jim Thompson, and noir movies like Fuller, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang. When I first showed up in New York to write comics back in the late 1970s, I came with a bunch of crime stories but everybody just wanted men in tights.

I don't know if I see myself as really an action hero, but I like doing physical movies and I like doing movies where the writing is very lean.

I love European movies and I kind of grew up on European films.

If I have to produce movies, direct movies, whatever to change the way Hollywood treats older women, I'll do it. If I have to bend the rules, I will. If I have to break them, I will.

I've always had this idea that I wanted movies to make people better not worse.

I love making movies, but there's nothing like being in front of an audience.

So, yes, there's nothing I love more than listening to directors talk about their movies.

Movies will end up being this esoteric art form, where only singular people will put films out in a small group of theaters.

The movies I made when I was 14 or 15, I have a hard time looking at those. Those were the awkward years. I don't know if anybody can look at something they did when they were 14 and not wince.

I made about 28 movies, and I think about five of them were good.

I grew up watching Steven Spielberg and scary movies.

Even in the former Soviet Union, they have good copies of my movies.

My normal cycle for movies is eighteen months and each part is separate.

Maybe when I stop making movies, I'll understand my work better.

When I was a kid, I had two great guilty pleasures. One was horror movies and the other was martial arts movies.

The thing that's protected me creatively is that the movies have made profits.

I do other sorts of things. I act in other people's movies. I direct operas. I write books.

American movies are often very good at mining those great underlying myths that make films robustly travel across class, age, gender, culture.

The first two movies I directed failed, when I was 21 and 23, and that was the greatest thing that could have happened.

All studio movies are the middle of the Bell curve. The only way to do something is to do it yourself. And the only way to do that is to not take any money from anyone or take as little money as possible from anyone and that's it.

I manage to hide in my movies.

Well, the thing about great fictional characters from literature, and the reason that they're constantly turned into characters in movies, is that they completely speak to what makes people human.

I didn't know this about myself, but when 'Pirates of the Caribbean' came out I realised that I didn't enjoy a huge amount of recognition. I didn't react to it well, but I think life is about finding out who you are and what you like. So I started doing independent movies and art-house films instead.

I use to watch like maybe three or four movies, five days out of the week. I was a movie buff, but I really didn't know what it was like behind the scenes, or the whole political process of it.

I want to work with great directors. I want to work on good material with good actors. I've probably done 20 movies at this point and a lot of independents. It's been an incredible ride and I love it and I'm just going to keep going and doing what I'm doing.

I love scary movies. The Shining and Don't Look Now are two of the best.

I did try to get a few of those teen high-school movies, but they just didn't like me. I guess I wasn't a certain type.

I worked so hard for so long - I did a lot of movies. I also worked a lot when my kids were smaller, before they were in school.

Everybody gets typecast in movies, but you have to make wise choices. I'd say around 90 percent of movie casting is about the way you look, so you have to fight that. If producers had their way, I'd only be in action films, but I'm interested in a more varied career than that.

I like to go from mainstream movies to more artsy films. I don't sign on for the money. Maybe I should, but I don't. There's always a good reason for doing something.

I love the first two X-Men movies because I thought that Bryan Singer did such a great job. He elevated that whole genre. He's a very talented director.

When I started doing movies, every crew member was older than me.

When you kill somebody in the movies, it matters, whereas in literature it can be allegorical.

And anyway, it's only movies. to stop me I think they'll ahve to shoot me in the head.

All that running around in my underwear put money in my pockets. I can focus on working in interesting movies without having to worry about supporting myself.

James Cagney, Steve McQueen, I loved all those guys. I grew up loving the movies but had no desire to be in them.

I want to try and work in different genres with different types of actors, on small movies and big movies.

I've been in enough movies to know that when you're on the set and you start shooting, you're looking at playback and you get a sense of what it's going to be like.

It's fun to go to the movies and be scared.

The perceived wisdom is that people do not go in large numbers to black-and-white movies anymore - which is a great shame, but I'd love to make a black-and-white movie one day.

I don't think of it as a competition - which might surprise you, given the way movies are reported constantly.

I wanted to keep exploring... I'm not about to choose a series of movies in which I can use the same bag of tricks and style that I used in the first film.

I don't think Hollywood was trying to do anything with me. In fact, they lost interest pretty quick. I think I got lucky, briefly, in the '90s, and it just so happened that those movies were the opportunities that came my way. Then it just kind of stopped.

The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words.

Books and movies are different art forms with different rules. And because of that, they never translate exactly.

The guy that made me wanna make movies... and this is off the wall-is a guy named Michael Pal, the British director.

Movies are about escape.

Ever since 'Lassie' and 'Old Yeller', I won't watch animal movies. Animals in movies always die.

I think movies are a director's medium in the end. Theater is the actor's medium. Theater is fast, and enjoyable, and truly rewarding. I believe in great live performance.

You just never know when movies are going to take off or not. The lucky thing about this was that it didn't cost a lot of money, and therefore there wasn't loads of pressure on me.

But I don't think there has ever been anything written on the nature of violent man as deep and as thorough as Shakespeare's Titus. I think it puts all modern movies and modern exploitations of violence to shame.

There's always an imbalance with actors and actresses in the industry. And I think because there are just fewer movies overall being made, it's that trickle down effect.

The cardinal sin in sports, what could really wreck it, is not cheating to win, which has gone on forever, but cheating to lose. That threatens a fundamental aspect of sports' appeal, which is their spontaneity. If games are fixed, they're no different from movies they're scripted.

When I finally got up to Industrial Light And Magic to work on the 'Star Wars' movies as a model-maker, it felt like dying and going to heaven.

The other two things are... well, I had a huge appetite for old black and white movies on BBC 2. At the weekends they used to run matinees, and the more romantic the better.

'Dr. Strangelove' was and is one of my favorite movies ever, and I just can't believe they actually blew up the world after that.

Obviously I love 'The Godfather' movies. I think they're phenomenal.

Family entertainment is really very necessary in our culture. Look how profitable they are. It's almost not discretionary. You need to take your family to the movies.

I think movies do play a valuable role in turning people on to the act of reading. I think that phenomenon just creates readers. At first they're going to love 'Harry Potter,' or they may love 'The Hunger Games,' but after that, they're going to love the act of reading and wonder, 'What else can I read?'

I love all the old classic Disney movies. 'Pinocchio.' There are obviously tons of them that anybody growing up on that stuff takes with them their whole lives, and I'm an admirer of a lot of classic animation and fairy tales. I grew up on a book of Grimm's fairy tales that I kind of wore out again and again. That's all stuff that lingers with you.

I'm always happy when I hear about people selling records or selling books or selling movies. It makes me proud of them.

I would love to do more movies, but the reality is women have many more opportunities on television to play a greater variety of characters.

Television is where the best work for women is right now. I would love to do more movies, but the reality is women have many more opportunities on television to play a greater variety of characters.

But when you're writing a script - for me anyway - you have to sort of create an enforced innocence. You have to divest yourself of worrying about a lot of stuff like what movies are hot, what movies are not hot, what the budget of this movie might be.

Of course for many years directors have had to go on the road with their movies and promote them and I've done that since the beginning. So that's not new but the forms of it are different such as with the internet.

Whenever I think about movies, I always look at that art process as having the best of a lot of worlds. Because if you watch a great film, you have a musical element to it, not just on the scoring, but in the way that the shots are edited - that has music and rhythm and time.

The more unique your film is and unusual it is and difficult it is, the harder it is to get it financed. That's why a lot of good filmmakers are doing television. They do HBO movies.

My favorite movies are movies that I go in and I leave deeply affected. Whether I laugh really hard or whether I cry really hard, I just want to feel really affected in that moment.

My body looks like 30 but my face looks like 50. But I cannot walk bare-chested in the streets. I like to do these movies to challenge myself physically.

I like to think of myself as a fairly educated human being, but I'm a very uneducated actor when it comes to movies, directors, producers, actors for that matter.

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?

A lot of movies aren't intended for everybody.

It's time for me to do things I like so I will be happy, my wife will be happy, my friends will be happy. I just want to do something I'm proud of. It's time for me to change. I could sign with a company for 10 movies and I'm the king of video and so what?

I'll go to see movies, but I also love being at home on my couch and pausing every 10 minutes to pee.

If your movies don't perform, they just stop calling you.

Do you know what a blessing it is to make movies that make people happy?

I've directed seven movies and know a thing or two about dealing with unexpected crises.

It didn't matter that Charlie Chaplin may not have been a great director or a great anything else. He made great movies.

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 want people to think about movies and how we watch them. Let them know it's okay to question the structure or how we're sometimes duped into a false sense of normalcy. Most of all, I want people to question the old standard practices of, 'This is how the structure of something should work,' or, 'This is how a character must behave.'

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.

On movies, you have a lot of stylists that get things too pretty. Everything gets steamed and ironed. It's just not the way we really behave.

If you go to Sundance, the experience that I've had there as a viewer is... there's like a hundred movies there, and you've got to figure out what movies are sold out, what can you see. Sometimes you go to see movies that you don't know anything about because it just works into your schedule.

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.

At the time I came along, Hollywood's idea of teen movies meant there had to be a lot of nudity, usually involving boys in pursuit of sex, and pretty gross overall. Either that or a horror movie. And the last thing Hollywood wanted in their teen movies was teenagers!

When I'm shooting a movie, I'm always in an invisible theater seat. I respect the fact that people have worked hard all week and want to go to the movies on the weekend and be entertained.

It's hard to incorporate dance into movies I think.

I love the old Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly movies they're so beautiful to look at. It's such a shame we don't make them anymore. Although, I don't know how you could make tap dancing current and topical.

I'm kind of like the goofy number-seven guy in a lot of movies.

The reason I started writing movies was because I kept getting parts that I just kind of stepped into. I didn't have to do a lot of work and I ended up getting sort of bored.

I've always been interested in making movies.

I turn a lot of stuff down - big, big movies, the kind I wouldn't want to go to the cinema to see.

Our brand at Netflix is really focused on movies and TV shows.

When you see violence in movies in general, it's very quick and painless, which isn't what it's like.

Cinema is entertainment, and people go to the movies because they want to feel good and forget about everything.

What I don't like are pompous, pretentious movies.

I began to feel that the drama of the truth that is in the moment and in the past is richer and more interesting than the drama of Hollywood movies. So I began looking at documentary films.

The only problem is I can't get into PG-13 Land. I just get stuck in R rated movies, which they would love us to make PG-13 movies but I never get there. But I think that you've got to make them different. You've got to switch them up.

The dubbing of the music and effects is really incredible today. You're feeling gun shots. I mean, it's not the way people say it is, but the gunshot sounds real. And cars sound real. Among the many things in the evolution (of movies) is to make the sound in the movie incredible. That's what you feel.

The core of the movie business remains intact and it's not descending in scope. Studios want movies that are bigger than ever.

A lot of movies were influenced by 'Logan's Run,' like 'Minority Report'. A lot of films have those elements in them.

I'm happy with my place in the firmament here. I like to produce movies and that's where I want to be.

In movies, there are some things the French do that Americans are increasingly incapable of doing. One is honoring the complexities of youth. It's a quiet, difficult undertaking, requiring subtlety in a filmmaker and perception and patience from us.

I'm a filmmaker and I'm proud of the movies I've made. But in the background of my life I was also very involved in the creation of the sport.

I think it would be fun to write about movies again.

My movies have always done pretty well in the UK - 'The Matrix' films did very well in this country and I do like the crews here and the people we're working with here.

There's no question that Whale's movies are classics. They were wonderful, and successful.

Well, I haven't really been able to shoot in California for a while. Little movies yeah, but the big movies we can't shoot there. It's just a shame that Arnold Schwarzenegger can't deliver on this level.

Actually, I loved Chucky. It's one of the strangest movies I've ever seen.

I did five movies in Australia, I did three films in Germany, this is the fourth film I've done here in the UK, I've done a bunch of films in Canada.

I had a couple of movies that I was passionately involved with that I could never get made. 'Richard Pryor,' I wrote for - gosh - over a year. That was close to getting made for two-and-a-half years after that. We're still pushing it, you know. It is weird. Suddenly you wake up and it's like, 'God, five years have gone by.'

Movies were a struggle for me - they didn't come easy.

I find that movies tend to fix the aesthetics of a story in people's minds.

Cinema is visually powerful, it is a complete experience, reaches a different audience. It's something I really like. I like movies.

If you look at anybody who's had along career, if you look at the choices they've made - even if the movies haven't worked - they've always worked with great filmmakers.

No, 'F/X 2' was a job. I enjoyed doing it but that was definitely a job. I wrote that, I didn't direct it but 'Candyman' and the earlier horror movies I made, I was completely into horror and suspense and always have been. It's informed everything I've done, even the way scenes are shot in 'Kinsey and 'Gods and Monsters.'

I've never written a movie, I'm not in the movie business. I go out to L.A. and I'm like everyone else wandering around in a daze hoping I see movie stars. I write the novels that the movies are based on, and that feels like enough of a job for me.

I really like the half-hour comedy. I really do. I know people that are in movies all the time and they, you know, they don't see their families as much. And that takes its toll over time.

We have a very wide range of content, but the brand-newest movies, what's happening with those is a $30 pay-per-view option - not from Netflix but from DirecTV and others - of movies that are in the theater.

I did direct two short movies. I learned many things, and one of the things I learned was that I am not a director. It has to be visceral, and it's not for me. I feel much more comfortable acting.

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.

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.

I was a huge fan of comedy and movies and TV growing up, and I was able to memorize and mimic a lot of things, not realizing that that meant I probably wanted to be an actor. I just really, really amused myself and my friends with memorizing entire George Carlin or Steve Martin albums.

Cronenberg's a lot of fun, and that a lot of people don't know watching his movies. He doesn't take himself seriously. He's still reinventing himself.

You know, I was a huge fan of comedy and movies and TV growing up, and I was able to memorize and mimic a lot of things, not realizing that that meant I probably wanted to be an actor.

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 usually do get the tomboy parts in the movies, which is kind of like me, but not totally. I like to shop as much as Ashley, but she is a little more of a girlie-girl than me.

It is odd there are many movies with many men. But generally movies have one woman, or maybe the older woman and the younger girl.

I'm not looking to lose anything. I'm looking to continue making movies.

The really courageous and bold thing is to make movies about human behaviour.

I love doing serious movies for adults.

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.

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.

Unfortunately, 'chick flick' has become a term to describe most movies that I don't even like. They're these movies that, yes, have women in them but they really don't reflect who women are, and there's something kind of silly or shallow or gossipy about them.

I had the standard movie geek childhood, because for as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was make 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 don't have a lot of patience for boring arthouse movies.

I don't think the competition's so rough, within the majority of movies made in Hollywood.

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.

There's more to life than movies.

I think movies are good for getting into dream states or exploring weird alternate states of thinking.

I want to see as many movies as I can and I covet a lot of weird influential 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.

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.

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 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.

I guess I watch movies to make myself happier a lot.

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 think filmmakers want their movies to be seen.

James Cameron has always been way ahead of the curve in terms of the use of technology in his movies.