Noah Baumbach Quotes

  • There's always some generational-guys-hanging-out movie that is made every few years, I think, and some of them are great.
  • It's nice being friends over a period of time with people whose music you like so much, or other filmmakers, seeing people change, go through trials.
  • Will Ferrell's made a lot of brilliant movies.
  • I graduated in '91, so the '90s for me were very much the first years out of school, so I can't really look at that decade as independent of my own experience of my 20s, really.
  • There was a telemarketing job one summer in high school that I was rejected for. I still walk by the building that I actually had the interview in. It's still in New York, and I always think about that job and why I didn't get it.
  • I've always liked working with friends or, you know, people I have outside relationships with.
  • I try to procrastinate, if I can, productively, like I'll work on something else as procrastination. Or I take a walk. Because often I find, if you get out, more things come to you.
  • Even fairly serious moviegoers can't shake this shadow of the corporate world.
  • There are the people who overthink making mix CDs and playlists, and how that works generationally is all really interesting to me.
  • Adaptations are fun for me because they connect to the idea of filmmaking I had when I was a kid. I would see a movie and think: 'I'm gonna make that movie.'
  • I'm interested in music as an extension of character.
  • With 'Greenberg,' I wanted to make a movie about Los Angeles... my great love for it and also the way that I felt not at home and alienated there.
  • Truffaut loved Hitchcock.
  • I always viewed life as material for a movie.
  • Manhattan is so tailored. It's driven by appealing to the very wealthy and tourists.
  • I think anxiety is dangerous, but it makes you think it's your friend.
  • I'm good with a grill. I like to make cheeseburgers - I once read in a David Goodis crime novel that you're only supposed to flip a burger once.
  • As a kid, I thought of myself as a funny person who secretly wanted to be serious, but now I think maybe I'm a serious person who secretly wants to be funny.
  • Friends of friends had bands in college or in their early 20s and had a moment where they had some kind of interest from a record label or manager. It's always interesting how people handle those decisions and those moments.
  • When you find yourself on the Internet when you're supposed to be writing, you've already lost. It's even beyond procrastination when you end up on the Internet.
  • I love black-and-white movies that are about contemporary subjects.
  • There's something really vulnerable about playing something that you like for someone. You don't know what their reaction will be.
  • I've had times in my life when I really haven't been able to figure myself out.
  • I've always felt some kind of connection to people who are kind of over-smart. People who over-think things to the point of some sort of paralysis, and I think that certainly can be me on any given day.