‘Whiplash’ and the Troubling Notion of Success by Any Means Necessary

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-Doc Coyle

In the wake of three wins at the Academy Awards highlighted by J.K. Simmons seemingly inevitable taking of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, jazz master class meets boot camp themed film, Whiplash, is very fresh in my mind. Like many other viewers, I have to say that I flat-out loved the film, and also like many others, the film affected me in a very personal way. Read more…

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You Don’t Have To Like Jazz To Be Entranced by Whiplash


One of the buzziest films of the year is Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, who go head-to-head in a story about a young jazz drummer and his ruthless instructor. The film takes off from its opening scene, building both the tempo and tension for much of its 106 minutes before leaving audiences stunned by the pair’s relentless nature.

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Imagine Waking Up To This Every Morning

Despite not having a role in I Love You, Man, Jack Black not-so-coyly graced the premiere’s red carpet last night with his wacky facial expressions and noticeably pained wife, Tanya Haden. More toned-down and dapper on the red carpet was the cast, including Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, and Andy Samberg. See pictures of them below, as well as Elizabeth Banks donning a doily, Audrina Patridge looking vacant but pretty, and Haden resisting the urge to slap her husband.

Check back tomorrow for our interview with star Jason Segel.

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