Whiplash ★★★★★

This film, albeit a beacon of toxic masculinity, may just be perfect. Every scene raises the stakes of the overarching conflict that culminates in the most dynamic and intense final showdown possible. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons’ performances are disturbing, enchanting and empathy inducing. The story is clear and concise with two parallel worlds- the music and the non music- moving together to push the central character and antagonist forward, as well as developing a great arc for the dad character. Every shot deliberately conveys power dynamics, Andrew’s perspective and the beautiful chaos of jazz. I look forward to watching this again (and again) because Damien Chazelle really did that. I’ll say it: he created a masterpiece.