Whiplash (2014), directed by Damien Chazelle

By Penelope Meisel (IV), Contributing Writer

Credit: IMDb

Whiplash, the 2014 winner of the Sundance Film Festival, is an intense drama following Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), a young jazz drummer aspiring to be the best. Andrew is discovered by Terence Fletcher (J. K. Simmons), an instructor known for his remarkable teaching but abusive and fear-driven process. Throughout his time with Terence, Andrew improves greatly, but at the cost of his sanity. The film features stunning cinematography by Sharone Meir, who uses lighting and color palettes to support the plot and overall mood. Oliver Lee (III) says, “[Whiplash has] a great character arc and one of the best endings of a movie I’ve ever seen.” He recommends this film to everyone.