Tuesday, April 28

Whiplash (2014)

Wikipedia - "Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle based on his experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band. Starring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons, the film depicts the relationship between an ambitious jazz student (Teller) and an abusive instructor (Simmons). ... Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a first-year jazz student at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory in New York. He has been playing drums from a young age and aspires to become one of the greats like Buddy Rich. Famed conductor Terence Fletcher (J. K. Simmons) walks in on Andrew practicing in the music room late one night and eventually invites him into his studio band as the alternate for core drummer Carl Tanner (Nate Lang). Fletcher is abusive toward his students, mocking and insulting them; when the band rehearses the Hank Levy piece 'Whiplash' and Andrew struggles to keep his tempo, Fletcher hurls a chair at him, slaps him, and otherwise humiliates him in front of the class."
New Yorker: “Whiplash” Gets Jazz All Wrong
Atlantic: The Uncomfortable Message in Whiplash's Dazzling Finale
YouTube: Whiplash TRAILER 1, Terence Fletcher The Insults