Film Spotlight: “Whiplash”

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Fletcher's teaching methods push Andrew to the edge

So often is the term “had me at the edge of my seat” thrown around when referencing the way a film made you, or someone else, feel. But how rarely is that aphorism made real, where you are literally on the edge of your seat?

It is without a doubt a scarce experience, one that only comes along a few times in a life-long series of films. That experience occurs in Damien Chazelle’s most recent film, “Whiplash.”

“Whiplash,” tells the story of a determined nineteen year-old jazz drummer, Andrew (Miles Teller), who attends one of the most prestigious music universities in New York City. When the top instructor at the university, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), recognizes Andrew’s potential, he’s asked to join the top jazz ensemble in the school as an alternate drummer.

Throughout the film, Andrew is pushed to the utmost edge by Fletcher, literally to the breaking point. Fletcher’s extreme teaching methods paired with Andrew’s talent and drive directs the plot through a series of extraordinary events.

Miles Teller’s performance on the drums leaves the viewers in awe, while J.K. Simmons’ acting leaves them in shock, both causing an edge-of-your-seat experience.

Whiplash was nominated for five academy awards in the 2015 Academy Awards, and won three including Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons.

If you’re looking for that edge-of-your-seat experience, look no further. Whiplash is bound to blow your mind.

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