May 1, 2015

Year of the drummer

Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014). Music school teacher as drill sergeant or high school football coach and operating without – thank goodness – any kind of justifying back story. We would also have accepted Full Metal Jazz. You can call it a single-minded film about single-mindedness ­­– and the dad and the girlfriend are as perfunctory for us as they are for Andrew (Miles Teller) – but you should admire its confidence.