My favorite quote about moviemaking (at least after all my years at Disney) from Francois Truffaut:
"Making a film is like a stagecoach ride in the old west. When you start, you are hoping for a pleasant trip. By the halfway point, you are just hanging on and hoping to survive."
Some snarkier people than me might say that watching a Truffaut movie is kind of the same way, but not me. No siree.