William Friedkin Reacts to Nicolas Winding Refn Calling 'Only God Forgives' a Masterpiece

'Only God Forgives'Credit: Space Rocket
Sometimes we work hard and wish other people appreciated our creativity. 

I know what it's like to have your work not reflect the time and effort you put into telling a story. But I also know what it's like to hear someone unhinged talk about how great their stuff is without the product to back it up. 

In this engaging sitdown, Nicolas Winding Refn claims that Only God Forgives is a masterpiece and that Drive is on par with Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey. William Friedkin's reactions are worth seeing to believe. 

Film is a subjective medium. So people are always going to like some movies more than others. But it is obnoxious to hear people say their own work is masterful. Have some humility. 

If you enjoyed that interview clip, you should watch the whole thing. We've included it below.

I think this is an in-depth look at two people who have made movies we love and movies that didn't always connect with audiences. Our job is to keep creating and sharing parts of ourselves on the page and on the screen. It's not about the bluster you bring with you, but the ideas you get down on the page. 

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Drive on par with Citizen Kane?

What's he smoking.

April 15, 2021 at 12:42PM


Seriously. I love Drive, but dude needs to get his head out of his ass.

April 15, 2021 at 3:52PM


Lol. Theres something rotten in Denmark

April 15, 2021 at 10:26PM