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But it was after completing his first feature, 2005's "Thumbsucker" that, Mills says, he learned a valuable lesson from Oscar-nominated helmer Spike Jonze.
MONDAY THUMBSUCKER FILM4 11.50PM Justin (Lou Pucci) is a teenager who sucks his thumb.
But unlike The Art Of Getting By, It's Kind Of A Funny Story and Thumbsucker, this time the hero (played by Logan Lerman) is less slappable.
Written and directed by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker), it's somewhat autobiographical since Mills' father came out at age 75.
Written and directed by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker), Beginners is a bold attempt at telling a love story in a whole new way, but it never really works.
They include long-standing friend Jon Favreau, who wrote Swingers, the hip indie movie that propelled them both to fame' Vince's old flame Joey Lauren Adams (A Cool Dry Place) and Vincent D'Onofrio who worked with Vince on The Cell and Thumbsucker.
Just rented a DVD called Thumbsucker. Best film I've seen for a while.
Thumbsucker is a deeply-moving rites of passage story that makes Adrian Mole's growing pains seem rather mundane in comparison.
Adapted from the novel by Walter Kirn, Thumbsucker is a deeply moving rites of passage story that makes Adrian Mole's growing pains seem rather mundane in comparison.
Since he was little, 17-year-old Justin Cobb (Lou Taylor Pucci) has sucked his Thumbsucker (15) Ratingthumb - it is his security blanket in times of stress.
'Thumbsucker' sounds like an innocent children's book featuring a chomping child and his favourite appendage.
"Thumbsucker" opens today at the Bijou Art Cinemas.