There's a reason why Nicolas Winding Refn won Best Director for DRIVE at Cannes this year: the film is a brilliant joyride. A few weeks ago I sat down with Refn, who also co-wrote the film, and he discussed his process of selecting the right music for his films and why violence should be quick and dirty. Refn's choice of music will always repeat in my head when I think of DRIVE. Using an '80s keyboard pop-influenced score by Cliff Martinez and electronic music by Kavinsky, College, Desire, and The Chromatics, scenes are perfectly punctuated by Refn's music choices. When the beats calmly bump in the opening scene of the movie, don't be surprised if you notice your feet quietly tapping along with them. As Pauline Kael discussed in her essay "Trash, Art, and the Movies," even the smallest elements of a film can endear it to you. Everything under the hood of DRIVE revs my engine; director Nicolas Winding Refn has admirably crafted a fine piece of retro-noir cinema.
Refn also gave us a "No Talking" PSA, in which he compares texting to sex.