Tag: J. K. Simmons

  • Whiplash (Chazelle, 2014)

    There are a lot of lies in play in Whiplash (★★★★), Damien Chazelle's Oscar-nominated water-cooler fable about a music conservatory drummer (Miles Teller) and the sadistic instructor (J. K. Simmons) he is drawn to like a junkie jonesing for his next fix. One mark of the film's greatness: even after a second viewing, I am still not sure how many of those lies the film itself--or any of its characters--believe.