If you take 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of somebody who creates a new language in film by what he was able to accomplish with art direction, photography, lighting, etc., it is still a gold standard for science fiction.

-Matthew Modine
Matthew Modine

And if I was going to go there – the only person you can really compare Batman to, of those characters, would be Iron Man, another rich guy who has the ability to make fantastic toys – so if you want to take Batman and Iron Man and put them in a battle, that’s an interesting battle. But if you want to take Christian Bale and Robert Downey Jr. and put them in a UFC fighting cage, Christian Bale will – to quote Full Metal Jacket – tear Robert Downey Jr.’s head off and sh-t down his neck.

Matthew Modine
Photography is about light and what it does and how it is captured on a piece of negative.
Matthew Modine

I bought all the stuff, but nothing was as satisfying to me as using the Rolleiflex because it was one shot.

Matthew Modine
If you take 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of somebody who creates a new language in film by what he was able to accomplish with art direction, photography, lighting, etc., it is still a gold standard for science fiction.
Matthew Modine

My father taught me to paint when I was young with watercolors and so I learned at a very young age the essential elements of the value of light and composition.

Matthew Modine
I've worked with Robert Altman a couple of times too.
Matthew Modine

Imagine if somebody were to really sit down with Osama bin Ladin and say, 'Listen man, what is it that you're so angry at me about that you're willing to have people strap bombs to themselves, or get inside of airplanes and fly them into buildings?' That would be the miracle if we can get -- sit down and talk to our enemies and find a way for them to hear us.

Matthew Modine
There's a discipline. When you take someone's portrait, you don't have to take 50 photographs, just find that one so that when you release the shutter, that's the image that you took.
Matthew Modine

I don't think that digital photography is romantic yet. It's not sympathetic the way that film is.

Matthew Modine
It was the baseball fantasy of a lifetime - to be able to sit on the bench with all those professional athletes. I got to take my son along because I wasn't sure I would be able to play with them.