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"Not my tempo."
A rapid, unforgettable, and absolutely stupefying work of romanticism, invigoration, and exquisite character development; Whiplash is a prodigious study of the quest of greatness. Anchored by two marvelous and dueling performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the film starts by taking your breath away and holding it just out of arms reach until the credits roll. The piercing flow of the editing, the knockout quality of the dialogue, the tinged and textural flavor of the cinematography,…
“What you will see are different things that might pass through the mind if you sat in a concert hall listening to this music.”
I love film music. It is part and parcel of my love of film generally, I suppose. But something about a well-constructed score is uniquely thrilling. The way the notes can compliment and heighten the imagery is a wonder to behold, not only in the moment but after the fact. I frequently find myself listening to…
There is nothing like hearing someone say something bad about a movie and then re-watching it to figure out if they were right to realise it's a masterpiece. So I saw Whiplash for the second time and I realised it's a masterpiece.
After seeing it for the first time last year I thought it was the best film of the year. After seeing it the second time this year I realised it is quite possibly one of the best movies I've ever seen.
Thank you, Damien Chazelle.