L.A. is so big that if you don't actually live in Hollywood, you might as well be from a different planet.
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 look at 'Death Proof' and realize I had too much time.
If I really considered myself a writer, I wouldn't be writing screenplays. I'd be writing novels.
I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that's becoming like a lost art in American cinema.
I couldn't spell anything. I couldn't remember anything, but I could go to a movie and I knew who starred in it, who directed it, everything.
Novelists have always had complete freedom to pretty much tell their story any way they saw fit. And that's what I'm trying to do.
I've always thought my soundtracks do pretty good, because they're basically professional equivalents of a mix tape I'd make for you at home.
I'm a big collector of vinyl - I have a record room in my house - and I've always had a huge soundtrack album collection. So what I do, as I'm writing a movie, is go through all those songs, trying to find good songs for fights, or good pieces of music to layer into the film.
Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.
When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'
I want to top expectations. I want to blow you away.
I loved history because to me, history was like watching a movie.
I was kind of excited about going to jail the first time and I learnt some great dialogue.
If there is something magic about the collaborations I have with actors it's because I put the character first.
My plan is to have a theatre in some small town or something and I'll be manager. Ill be the crazy old movie guy.
I cannot get myself interested in video games. I've been given video game players and they just sit there connected to my TVs gathering dust until eventually I unplug them so I can put in another special-region DVD player.
I don't really consider myself an American filmmaker like, say, Ron Howard might be considered an American filmmaker. If I'm doing something and it seems to me to be reminiscent of an Italian giallo, I'm gonna to do it like an Italian giallo.
I have an idea for a Godzilla movie that I've always wanted to do. The whole idea of Godzilla's role in Tokyo, where he's always battling these other monsters, saving humanity time and again - wouldn't Godzilla become God? It would be called 'Living Under the Rule of Godzilla.'
A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying, Tell the truth. Reveal a few secrets here.