And I liked that whole idea that energy comes from not disseminating your ideas and talking about them.
I think there's always satisfaction that comes from digging in and telling a story and being on the front line and writing about it. I think there's a venue available if you look. Even print journalism is in good shape in areas.
I have my problems with 'Singles'. To me, 'Singles' is the least successful of the movies I've been lucky enough to make.
I always wanted to tell the story of how Pearl Jam is the story of lightning striking twice. As well as being the flipside of the classic rock tale where great promise ends in tragedy. This is where tragedy begins great promise.
Time puts things in proper perspective.
Great music is its own movie, already. And the challenge, as a music fan, is to keep the song as powerful as it wants to be, to not tamper with it and to somehow give it a home.
Stars arrive on their own timetable.
I'm always writing. A friend of mine once said, 'You avoid re-writing by writing.' Which is kind of a good point, because re-writing seems to be mostly about craft, and writing is just, like, getting out your passion on a piece of paper.
Making a big Hollywood film that really affects people is as hard as making a small movie on a credit card.
I'm proudest of the fact that I've been able to make a few movies in the studio system that are slightly unorthodox and personal. But it's never quite as easy as you dream that it could be.
Some of the hip-hop stuff people get into is exciting, because there's a passion and there's something to explain to a more mainstream audience, so you get these passionate writers who want to express their love for rap and hip-hop, which is cool.
I always loved movies, but I never thought I would presume to be a screenwriter and definitely not a director.
In the future, everybody is going to be a director. Somebody's got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about.
People dance and we have a lot of music and... this might be the closet I get for a while.
It's more like can I build a group of characters and can I tell some universal truths that feel real and aren't formulaic in the spirit of filmmakers gone by who've told American stories that were personal and universal as well.
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