Synopsis: A young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Thoughts: If early awards buzz is to be believed (and in this PR heavy brave new internet world every trumpeted performance should be taken with a grain of Kosher salt) then Whiplash is going to be a movie audiences will want to add to their Oscar shortlist. Actually, it’s supporting actor J.K. Simmons (Labor Day) who might want to make sure his tuxedo fits because his performance as a driven music teacher coming down hard on a young drummer (Miles Teller, The Spectacular Now, That Awkward Moment) is earning raves across the board. With Simmons reprising his role from a 2013 short of the same name, this represents a rare case of a short film being expanded into feature length. Another film I’m greatly looking forward to this year, Whiplash could be 2014’s little indie that could.