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Whiplash (2014)

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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

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A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him. Written by andrewhodkinson

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The road to greatness can take you to the edge

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Rated R for strong language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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15 October 2014 (Philippines)  »

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Whiplash: Música y obsesión  »

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$3,300,000 (estimated)

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$135,388 (USA) (10 October 2014)

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$13,092,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Fletcher asks the Nassau band Bassist to play "5 bars of Donna Lee", Donna Lee being a jazz standard by Charlie Parker, renown to bass players because of the version played by Jaco Pastorius with bass playing the main theme. The band Bassist plays a regular walking bass line though. See more »

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The auditoriums for the Overbrook and the Dunellen competitions are the same room. See more »

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Carl Tanner: I need to look at the music.
Andrew: Oh yeah, it's right here.
Carl Tanner: Why isn't it on you?
Andrew: [notices the folder is missing] Where's the folder?
Carl Tanner: You're joking, right?
Andrew: I'm not. No, literally... no. I-I-I swear, I just had it here two seconds ago. It's gotta be around here.
Carl Tanner: How could you be so fucking stupid?
Andrew: I don't know, maybe a janitor came by or something...
Carl Tanner: A janitor? FIND THE FUCKING FOLDER! A FUCKING JANITOR? YOU'RE A DUMB FUCK! A DUMB FUCK!
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.6 (2015) See more »

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Fletcher's Song in Club
Written by Justin Hurwitz
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Intense But The Hype And Awards Possibly Work Against It
27 March 2015 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Do you know who I am ? " asks the film's protagonist as the audience are introduced to him

Yeah you're that Nazi dude who enjoys raping all the new arrivals at the Oswald State penitentiary . Yes JK Simmons is back playing an Oscar winning role which isn't all that different from the role OZ fans know him for . It's nice to see that this years Oscar nominations were heavily in favour of indie cinema . It's even nicer to know that this is the film my fellow members of this site was the pick of the crop from 2014 film releases so sat back hoping to get blown away by it

So is it any good ? Yes but I should quickly qualify this by stating it's not really the masterwork some people might claim it to be . One criticism THE HURT LOCKER received was that you could easily rework the story as someone who has become addicted to adrenaline . Instead of a bomb disposal man you could have the story involve a fireman who takes more and more risks and so it's the same with WHIPLASH . How about a brutal drill instructor trying to turn weak civvies in to efficient killing machines ? That's already been done a hundred times before and so here we've a reworking of a familiar story in a slightly unfamiliar setting of a music school . It's a slightly predictable story and in order for it not to be so predictable there's a few plot turns involving situations that become rather contrived and unlikely to say the least

What stops it all falling apart is director Damien Chazelle using all the tools at his disposal involving editing , sound mix and cinematography to disguise the flaws in the story telling . Certainly many directors nowadays think editing revolves around taking as much cocaine as possible while mutilating any coherent on screen action . The editing style of WHIPLASH is some what showy but is genuinely admirable at the same time . It's nice to actually watch a film and notice the editing while never being irritated by it WHIPLASH is one of the better films of 2014 but it's probably a film that's easier to admire than to like . I did like it but didn't love it and I'm not in a great hurray to watch it again


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