Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
Acting: An art which consists of keeping the audience from coughing.
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.
Never judge a book by its movie.
I've spent several years in Hollywood, and I still think the movie heroes are in the audience.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
Most horror movies are certainly that.
You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived I'm sure I would have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older.
What puzzles most of us are the things which have been left in the movies rather than the things which have been taken out.
What I've learned is that life is too short and movies are too long.
There are only three ages for women in Hollywood - Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.
Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.
Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing?
The chief difference between horror fans and science fiction fans lies in why they won't walk backwards. A horror fan won't walk backwards because he knows he'll be knifed by a madman. A science fiction fan won't walk backwards because he knows he'll step on the cat.
It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkies instead of the other way around.
A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good.
~T.S. Eliot, New York Post, 22 September 1963
Why do critics make such an outcry against tragicomedies? is not life one?
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Rated G is nobody gets the girl. PG is the good guy gets the girl. R is the bad guy gets the girl. XXX is everybody gets the girl.
[M]ovie-making is the process of turning money into light. All they have at the end of the day is images flickering on a wall.
~John Boorman, Money into Light, 1985
There's no thief like a bad movie.
If I find a film dull, I find it infinitely more entertaining to watch the scratches.