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" A museum's meticulous presentation - exhaustive captions, hushed lighting, state-of-the-art armature - creates an institutional authority that is constructed to seem impregnable. "
" My politics are very centrist and sometimes, especially when it comes to foreign affairs, lean to the right. "
" People go to the movies to have an emotional experience, not to learn information they could look up on Wikipedia. "
" I was a war correspondent and journalist for a long time, and I was very near the towers on 9/11 and very shortly after in Afghanistan. "
" Melted down, silver is worth a little more than four dollars an ounce. But carved, inlaid, and engraved, and identified with a particular year, it becomes the direct reflection, often the literal record, of human history, our movement through time. "
" There will always been the prurient rubbernecking aspect to disasters: people who just can't get enough gore. "
" I had a very strong background in journalism, so it's my instinct to try to be as fair and accurate as possible. "
" Sometimes, in a fictional story, you can be more honest and truthful, actually. As a journalist, you're a prisoner of the data, in effect. You have to tell the story with evidence you can verify. "
" As a journalist, as a screenwriter and as a director, I'm trying to tell compelling and truthful stories. "
" Refugees tend to avoid planes, airports and fake passports, even though flying may appear to be the most obvious way to flee. For one thing, security procedures at airports are far stricter than at land borders. "
" I love football. I played it into two years of college. "
" The itinerary of most antiquities from their source - tomb, temple, quarry - to the shelves of museums or private collectors is murky and often purposely concealed. "
" Once you turn on the camera, making a movie is making a movie. I don't care if it's $9 million dollars or $50 million dollars. You have bigger toys, bigger set, actors who are better paid, but once you turn on the camera, it's director and performance, and I don't find a big difference. "
" 'Writing' is the wrong way to describe what happens to words in a movie. First, you put down words. Then you rehearse them with actors. Then you shoot the words. Then you edit them. You cut a lot of them, you fudge them, you make up new ones in voice-over. Then you cut it and throw it all away. "
" Even the two novels I've written were based on true stories. It's how I'm wired - real life is fascinating and fantastical enough. The kind of journalism I did unpeeled lids from cans otherwise sealed. "
" I was doing an investigative article on arms trafficking that was taking me through Eastern Europe and the Middle East. And after I had interviewed a helicopter pilot who had been ferrying weapons into Liberia, I realized as I left the restaurant that I was being followed and set up for an ambush. "
" I start each of my scripts by going on a journey of painstaking research and discovery, much as I do a piece of long-lead journalism. "
" It's very dangerous for a storyteller to walk into a situation with a political agenda because you end up telling a story about issues instead of telling a story about people. "
" When you're researching something for a movie, you get a very different kind of reaction than when you're researching something for an article for 'The New York Times.' "
" I don't actually see that much difference between telling stories in journalism and telling them on film. The tools are very different, but the basic idea is the same. "
" To me, film is the most complete method of storytelling. "
" As a filmmaker, it's not my intent to trigger or shape national discourse. My task is to make as powerful and understandable a film as I can. What happens next is what happens next. "
" Film brings together framing and light and color and performance and music and all of that. To me, everything I've done in my life has been preparing me for filmmaking. "
" I can't worry about the consequences of what I do; that's not my job. "
" I consider myself neither liberal nor conservative when it comes to foreign policy. "
" My personal sources in the intelligence community and the military are very good. They're excellent. I have very high-up, in-depth sources. "
" I love the game. I love to watch. I watch it with my kids. I'm able to divorce the beauty of the athletics from the corporate entity that is the National Football League. "
" Like every other industry or institution, the journalism world is populated by the petty and fearful, in addition to the courageous and brilliant. "
" You have to find the movie in the editing room, and it can't be four hours; it has to be two hours. "
" 14th- and 15th-century drawings are almost unheard-of - and as a result, they generate jealous desire among dealers and curators. Museums in particular value rarity and pedigree more than attractiveness. "
" Our brains have this habit of quilting dreams from the fabrics of our lives. As a filmmaker, I get to do it for a living. "