Spencer’s Movie Recommendation: Whiplash

Spencers Movie Recommendation: Whiplash

Recently, for reasons I don’t care to re-hash for the millionth time, we all have had a lot more free time on our hands. With all this new found, why not take a seat and watch a movie or two, or three, or however many you need to quiet the depressive voices in the back of your mind.

This week, my recommendation to you is to watch the 2014 Oscar Nominee for best motion picture and winner of some minor Oscar awards, Whiplash. This film, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons (Oscar Winner Best Supporting Actor) is a great story of the relationship between student and master and explores the ethics of how far you should push someone towards greatness.

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a freshman in college and a drummer, the college he attends has the greatest studio band in the nation, led by Conductor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). We see Andrew struggle to balance his relationship and other parts of his life with his need to become a great drummer and prove to Fletcher that he is of the top drumming position in the band, working himself to the point of profuse sweating and even cutting open his hands. We see Fletcher push Andrew to a point that could be considered physical and verbal abuse, and raises many questions on what should be allowed in the search for greatness.

All that and much more can be found in this film, but if you want to learn more you will have to watch it for yourself. It is a great watch and worth every second. Its a movie that will stick with you long after the credits roll. The performances in this movie are outstanding and the writing/directing by Damien Chazelle are superb, I could not recommend this movie more.

So, what are you still doing reading this? Pop some popcorn, clear your schedule for the next Hour and Forty-Six minutes and let this masterful piece of Media distract you from the pains of the world around you.