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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Report Card---"Whiplash"

"Whiplash" depicts the passion to make wonderful music.
In this case, jazz, on the highest level.
"Whiplash" displays the passion to make a wonderful movie, on the highest level.
And it succeeds, triumphantly.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

To some extent. When does firm teaching cross over the line to badgering?

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?

Great storytelling. It never lets up.

Is it well written?


Is it well cast? Well played?

J.K. Simmons has the pivotal role. I only knew him as Dr. Skoda, the go-to shrink on "Law and Order", when they didn't have that cutie, Dr. Olivet available. He wasn't nearly as cute, nor did he make that much of an impression.
Then, I noticed him in the "Farmer's Insurance" commercials, which, apparently, he still does.
In those parts, he was and is amusingly benign.
As the music professor in "Whiplash", he displays a side of himself that I had no idea he had.
It's a side that most actors don't have.
He is magnificent.
And he brings everyone else up to his level.
Love the Simmons.

Well shot?

Extremely, and extremely well edited.
It was edited to the pace of the music, in fine fashion.

Is it too long? Too short?

Perfect length.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Extremely, and extremely.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was surprised at every turn.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I was blown away by it. This necessitates continual thought.

Is it funny?

When it wants to be, and that's often enough.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

You would have been even more overwhelmed by it.

Is it impressive?

On every level.

Overall grade: A+.

It and Simmons certainly deserve their nominations.


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  1. J.K. Simmons was riveting on OZ, he was a great J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies, and he voices the yellow M&M on the commericals. I've liked him in everything I've seen him in. He's one of those actors who may often be surrounded by a crummy movie or TV show, but he shines in it.

    Just my two cents.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."