By Matt Brown
I had the pleasure of seeing the best film I have seen all year, Whiplash. Whiplash is about aspiring jazz drummer Andrew (Miles Teller), who attends Shaffer, the top music school in the country. While attending Shaffer, Andrew gets recruited into a jazz band run by Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). Fletcher is known as the best teacher at Shaffer, and Andrew is honored to be in his band. On his first day of practice Andrew learns that Fletcher is a brutally harsh instructor that slaps his students when they mess up and even on occasion, will throw a chair at them. Andrew struggles to be the best jazz drummer that there can be while undergoing the torture set upon him by Fletcher. Whiplash was without a doubt, the most captivating film I have seen this year (and, yes, I did see Gone Girl). Miles Teller delivers an astounding performance and shows his incredible talent as a drummer. J.K. Simmons will without a doubt, get an Oscar nomination for his role as Fletcher. Simmons brings a brutality to the role that hasn’t been seen in movies since the drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Whiplash also features great music and stunning cinematography. I give Whiplash a 9.5 out of 10! So at your next available chance don’t walk, RUN to theaters and see this amazing film before it’s gone!
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