Cutting edge cinema for a discerning audience
Firstly, this is not yet another review of Whiplash because enough has been written about the Damien Chazelle-directed film to fill all 72 pages of this newspaper.
All that will be said here is the Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner J.K. Simmons’s performance as tyrannical jazz conductor Terrence Fletcher was an absolute revelation to someone who will forever associate him with the role of criminal psychiatrist Dr Emil Skoda from the incomparable Law and Order series.
This column is in fact reserved for the introduction of the film by Act II Theatre Company’s Karl Gernert as part of the regular Monday Movie Club offering at South Holland Centre.
Karl described Whiplash as a film about “what it might be like for a fictional band to live in the world of comedy.”
Music in cinema, Karl explained, “tends to fall into three very broad categories, ones that feature the bands themselves (A Hard Day’s Night, Summer Holiday with Cliff Richard and The Shadows) or biopics about real artists (Walk the Line based on Johnny Cash and What’s Love Got To Do With It about Tina Turner).
The third category features fictional bands and it is here where Whiplash will stand out for years to come.
Just one more thing about Whiplash though - Miles Teller (Andrew Niemen) just might be the new Bill Murray.
Review by Winston Brown