Monday, January 9, 2017

Whiplash (2014)

Academy Awards, USA 2015

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Tom Cross
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Craig Mann
Ben Wilkins
Thomas Curley
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Jason Blum
Helen Estabrook
David Lancaster
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Damien Chazelle

Sony Pictures Classics
Directed by Damien Chazelle
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Sony)

Drummer Miles Teller is a first year student at a prestigious music conservatory. He is discovered in a practice room by the school's band leader and invited to sit in with his best students. He uses controversial methods to push the students, including verbal and physical abuse. Teller eventually has enough and strikes back at the masochistic teacher, getting him expelled. However, it turns out another student was driven to suicide and he agrees to testify against the teacher. The two adversaries meet again in a smoky jazz club, leading to a final showdown at a festival performance. Intense performances, particularly by J.K. Simmons as a sort of musical drill sergeant, highlight this very entertaining drama filled with some great jazz.

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