• Thur Mar 12
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Damien Chazelle
Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons

A promising young drummer enters a conservatory to hone his craft. It’s there that he meets the school’s resident gorgon, who is also the teacher/mentor/bully who can help turn him into one of the greats. The intensity between them as they work towards perfection will make you cringe, and cheer. Based on a short film from the 2013 Sundance Festival, director Damien Chazelle has fleshed out the story and characters into a film that is being almost universally lauded. Usually lovable, resident good-guy character actor J.K. Simmons shows his mettle and tears into a role that allows him to rant and rave and go off the rails, all in the name of artistic perfection. Miles Teller is the upstart drummer who’s put through the wringer. The chemistry (or lack thereof) between them is what drives the film: like a car-wreck, you won’t be able to look away. “Whiplash is cinematic adrenaline.” (RogerEbert.com)

website: sonyclassics.com/whiplash

DCP 'Scope color
1 hour 47 minutes
release year/country
2014 USA