I certainly wasn't swayed to work in entertainment by movies like The Big Picture or The Player. Despite the uniformly negative portrayal of screenwriters in Hollywood-themed films, the whole process of filmmaking, even from a distance, seemed vain and lugubrious. It wasn't until I moved out here (L.A.) and actually got involved in it that I found that it's a great deal of fun as well.
When I was a teenager, I started to believe that the storytelling potential of cinema was unmatched, and I arrived at the opinion after seeing Midnight Cowboy, The Godfather, and, of course, Star Wars. These are the films that probably influenced my decision to major in radio, TV, and film [in college] and concentrate on screenwriting. Then I got to college and started watching movies like Who's Afraid ofVirginia Woolf? and Streetcar Named Desire, and discovered theater, which totally blew my naive, corn-fed Midwestern brain.
I love a good story, I'm a loquacious person, and generally pointless and postulating in conversation, so I've always had a deep respect for those who can focus their own wild imaginations enough to tell a compelling tale. My favorite movie of all time is still Midnight Cowboy, because of its skill and grace with a gamut of emotions. In recent cinema, I always think about the opening sequence of Raising Arizona, the middle third of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the bulk of Amores Perros. And I wouldn't be where I am today without Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Back to the Future, not by a long shot. Thank you, movies.
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