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" After 'Mandy Lane,' I didn't really know what to do because I didn't know anyone who'd made a feature yet. "
" Any time I hear certain songs I put in a movie, I have to not listen to them anymore because I associate them with that movie. They take on that association rather than the association I had when I first heard them. So it's kinda bittersweet to put a song in a movie, honestly. "
" As a director, there's no natural career progression. So after 'The Wackness,' which was very personal to me, I was very, very picky about what I was going to do next, to the point where I think that I was almost too picky. "
" As a director, your expectation and reality don't always match up, and I think that that's... I think it's a little jarring. "
" As I continue to evolve as a filmmaker, I'm going to continue to do different stuff. "
" Do I wish I was Martin Scorsese? Yeah. But am I really proud of the movies I've made and really happy that I get to keep making them? Yes. "
" For me, I just value my friendships so much. I mean, I love my family, too, but my friends - I have a really special connection with my friends. "
" For me, it's always more interesting to look at things when you don't really have a horse in the race, so to speak. "
" For me, the best high school movie is, like, 'Fast Times' and what Cameron Crowe is like. "
" For whatever reason, the films I gravitate towards do have these strange sort of tonal balances to them... I kind of realized on '50/ 50' why I liked these blending of tones, because I think it's kind of what life is like: funny one minute, sad the next, scary the next. "
" Genre is a really great shorthand you can have with an audience. In the same way you can use music to create a connection with an audience, it brings so much of their knowledge of what genre really is to the table. You have a shortcut to connect with them. I really like that. "
" I always look at myself as kind of a work in progress. I hope that's not always the case. But for me, every film is a learning experience. "
" I definitely think for up and coming filmmakers, people graduating from film school, people that want to do their own movies, horror movies are a great way to go. "
" I definitely think New York is a very, very vibrant, wonderful city, but I certainly, of course, can't help but miss a lot of the stuff that's no longer there. "
" I don't like being pigeonholed at all. It stemmed from after 'Mandy Lane': I was being offered all these horror movies. I love horror movies, but when I dreamed of being a director, it was always doing all sorts of things. "
" I don't often watch something I've done on TV. Usually, I'll change the channel and watch something else. "
" I feel like comedy is where I'm most at ease, but I also have an allergy to silly jokes. "
" If you know how to shoot a scene, then you know how to shoot an action scene. If you've seen an action movie, and you watched it, and you paid attention to how scenes are constructed and where the camera is and how the camera moves, then you know how to do it. "
" I grew up with Woody Allen and early Spike Lee movies in which New York was such a specific character. The city has a certain vibe and beat which really informs your entire existence. "
" I have about 100 gigs of music, and I'm always going through thinking about what song I can match to a scene and all that. "
" I have a cameo in every movie. In '50/50,' I'm in the back of the bus. "
" I have a lot of friends with bad taste in music - some might say that I have bad taste in music. "
" I just think a lot of movies are too long. I want to know how to make my movie as tight as possible. "
" I kind of viewed '50/ 50' and 'Warm Bodies' both as my next films after 'The Wackness.' In my head, I was just like, 'I'll try the big, fun, adventure-weird movie, and I'll do the small, heartfelt comedy-drama, and one of them will probably work out, and I'll get to work more.' "
" I learned some big lessons on my first film, a horror film which was never released in the U.S., even though we sold it to Harvey Weinstein for a lot of money. "
" I like a pretty relaxed, fun set. Everyone knows they can bring whoever they want and hang out. "
" I like to branch out as much as I can, but I feel like the movies that are closest to my heart are 'The Wackness' and '50/50' - the ones that are dramedies that have that human element to them. "
" I like zombie movies, and I like genre movies a lot. To watch. Less so to make, I think. But I grew up on that stuff. I would just grow up watching a lot of horror movies, a lot of slasher movies and then zombie movies. "
" I love Jamaica so much. I've been there so much, and I think it would be great if we could shoot a movie there. "
" I love subverting expectations or playing with the sort of unspoken kind of connections that the audience has. "
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