Any film which views the darker side of life, which is death with a sense of humor, is very much to my taste.
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I think being a little nuts is helpful.
Carefully execute every instruction given to you by the director, producer, and studio. But that...
I don't find myself lobbying for projects. Filmmakers almost always come to me.
Hopefully each film can be given a musical voice of its own, which is not...
Connection is what one is after in probably most media, but certainly in film, which...
I prefer a life in which we don't take ourselves too seriously.
The jarring change going from an urban environment to an extremely remote natural environment is...
Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film, or at least in narrative feature films.
Performing written music, even when I've written it, is not very interesting to me.
On Being John Malkovich and the cinema of the absurd, I do enjoy it. I...
Los Angeles is an industry town, and it has great facilities and personnel. The disadvantage...
I like the fact that New York looks a bit backwards, toward the Old World,...
When the systems we expect to help us actually hurt us, we have tragedy.
In mainstream romantic comedies, I'm usually tearing my hair out. It's just a devastatingly difficult...
If not bliss, ignorance can at least be fun.
New Yorkers may think they're on some cutting edge, but that's not especially true. It...
There is not much irony when people are being happy on screen.
I just love the sheer mess of New York.
I almost never try to make the audience comfortable. I wouldn't want that if I...
Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help.