Damien Chazelle’s dazzlingly cinematic sophomore feature “Whiplash” exploded out of Sundance way back in January, winning both the Grand Jury and the Audience awards. Finally the film is now in theaters and gunning for Oscar gusto.
Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons engage in an intense folie-a-deux as an eager young jazz drummer and his oppressive mentor with terrorizing ambition. It’s an emotional coming-of-age tale that doubles as a bloody, sweaty psychological drama. (More on that from Teller in our Sundance video interview here.)
Watch Chazelle discuss the film’s opening sequence with The New York Times below.