FRI, FEB 06, 7p:
“Best of Sundance”
(Grand Prize & Audience Award Winner)
Directed by DAMIEN CHAZELLE/USA/2014/107mins.
With Miles Teller, J.K Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reisner
Andrew Neiman is a 19-year-old jazz drummer, dreaming of greatness but unsure if his dream will ever come true. Haunted by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew is determined to rise to the top of the country's most elite music conservatory. One night, Terence Fletcher, a conductor equally known for his talent for teaching as he is for the terrifying method of his instruction, discovers Andrew practicing the drums. Even though Fletcher says very little to him that night, he ignites in Andrew a passion to achieve his goal. To Andrew's surprise, the next day, Fletcher requests that he be transferred into his band. This single act changes the young man's life forever.
Official Selection: Sundance,
Winner: Grand Prize & Audience Award Sundance
AFI Movie Of The Year
Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons:
Academy Award Nominee
New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics, Boston Film Critics, Austin Film Critics, Florida Film Critics, Toronto Film Critics, St. Louis Film Critics, Washington Film Critics, Detroit Film Critics
“Whiplash careens into the unexpected before coming to a jaw dropping close”-Chris Martins, SPIN
“PROVOCATIVE AND EMOTIONALLY INTENSE. A muscular and accomplished work of kinetic cinema built around two tremendous performances”
Andrew O’Hehir, Slant Magazine
“★★★★ Best Film of The Year! As a piece of filmmaking, Whiplash, which deservedly walked away with the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, is taut and precise, bolstered by Sharone Meir's muscular camerawork and Tom Cross' razor-sharp editing. It grabs viewers by their lapels and refuses to let up.” -Ruben Rosario, Punch Drunk Movies