Exorcist's William Friedkin: TV better than movies, superhero flicks 'opium for the eyes’

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Jul 15, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

One of the most iconic directors in history is opening up about the state of film and television, and he's got a few things to say about our whiz-bang blockbuster mentality.

William Friedkin, best known as the director of The Exorcist, The French Connection and Sorcerer, has chimed in on the nation’s current obsession with superhero movies, and he’s not too impressed. Though modern-day movies don’t blow him away, Friedkin said he is really digging the refined state of cable television. 

As we binge-watch Game of Thrones and Orphan Black, we’d have to agree. Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

"Television today is better than cinema; it's deeper and more complex and it is for adults. They do not assume you are a child that just wants to watch video games and comic books on a screen. In cinema that is the assumption: You just want to see guys flying around with Spandex suit and a cape and a mask, solving crime everywhere. This is 80 percent of American cinema … to me, much of it is like opium for the eyes. It does not go into your brain or make you think about it later. But cable television programs in America is what people talk about the next day, week and on and on.”

As a guy who made some of the most famous (and acclaimed) films ever, it’s fascinating to get a peek into what Friedkin thinks about the way things have changed. Do you agree or disagree with Friedkin’s assessment?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)