Whiplash ★★★★

Richard Brody is right. This movie isn't about jazz - at least in that it's not about an artist steeping themselves in music theory and finding a way to express themselves creatively. What this movie is about is the hyper-competitive and technically-focused (to the point of excluding creativity) milieu of contemporary music schools (which is honestly not unlike the milieu of most law and medical schools). What this movie does well is capture the state of constant tension and anxiety that system creates.

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