Movies by Mills (June 2015)

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WHIPLASH Directed by Damien Chazelle Starring: Miles Teller. J.K. Simmons. Paul Reser.

FILM **** A jazzy juxtaposition of indelible images of New York rhythmically cut to big band music heralds the opening of Whiplash and the film never lets up for a minute. Andrew Neiman is an ambitious young jazz drummer in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terrence Fletcher is an instructor known for his terrifying methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity. SPECIAL FEATURES Commentary with Writer/Director Damien Chazelle and J.K. Simmons An Evening at the Toronto Film Festival with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle