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Whiplash – The Movie Robcast

*SPOILER WARNING* – This episode features Whiplash spoilers throughout, including discussion of the plot twists and the film’s climax.  

Episode 92 of The Movie Robcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis looking back at Damien Chazelle’s blistering, Oscar winning 2014 debut, Whiplash. And to make sure the Robs are not rushing or dragging, they’ve invited their friend Tessa Scott along for her opinion. It was Tess’ first time watching the movie and she delivers a cymbal crash of great insights.

Across a lively 70mins, the trio discuss what makes Chazelle’s debut so memorable six years after release, the performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons (who picked up a Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing the music teacher from Hell), how the film compares to La La Land, and much more...

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Whiplash

Whiplash posterDirector: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist

Cert: 15

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2014

 

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The lowdown: When Damien Chazelle’s stunning film crashes to a close, you’ll feel the meaning of its title. A student/teacher film about J.K. Simmons’ tyrannical music instructor pushing promising drummer Miles Teller to impossible extremes, this is an anti-inspirational mentor movie and all the more astounding for it. Music classes filmed with the violence and intensity of boxing matches, Whiplash never lets the tempo drop, while Teller and Simmons devour roles that come along maybe once a career. Oscar Night; be afraid, be very afraid.

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The full verdict: The opening drum roll has the rhythm of an accelerating heartbeat...

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