'Whiplash' Promises A Wild Ride, Both Infuriating And Exhilarating

September 30, 2014 1:11 PM

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'Whiplash' Promises A Wild Ride, Both Infuriating And Exhilarating

The 52nd annual New York Film Festival kicked off last week with a handful of highly-anticipated movies in the lineup. So far, HuffPost Entertainment discussed David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," and now we're raving about "Whiplash," which opened Sundance earlier this year. The film follows Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a young drummer with dreams of becoming a legend, as he's pushed to his limits by a dictatorial music instructor (J.K. Simmons), who uses emotional and physical abuse to tyrannize his students. Loosely based on writer-director Damien Chazelle's experience as a drummer, "Whiplash" has powerful performances that resonate as much as its fantastic music. Still on edge, HuffPost Entertainment editors Matthew Jacobs and Erin Whitney share their thoughts on the tense drama surrounding teacher and student. (There are mild spoilers ahead.)

Whitney: Sometimes when a film is hyped after a premiere at Sundance and you don't get to see it till much later, the appeal tends to wear down. Sadly, I expected this to happen with a film like "Whiplash," but: Wow. It evaded the hype-kill entirely. From the first scene, as a sweat-drenched Andrew ...

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