Sands of Iwo Jima
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How Whiplash kills the cheesy pupil-mentor genre stone dead

11 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jk Simmons is generating awards buzz as a terrifying music teacher whose scenes with Miles Teller’s young drummer are like ‘two boxers in the ring

Jk Simmons on Whiplash: ‘The whole macho thing you develop at puberty never goes away’

Watching Whiplash, the story of the antagonistic relationship between a drumming prodigy and his ferociously demanding conservatory music teacher, almost the last thing on your mind is music. Although almost three-quarters of the film moves to the sound of drums, the images in one’s mind veer more towards drill sergeant movies, sports flicks and cult initiation rites. It could as well be called Squarebash as Whiplash, so often does the relationship between Jk Simmons’s unforgiving professor and Miles Teller’s whimpering pupil resemble that between R Lee Ermey’s splenetic Marine Corps drill instructor and Vincent D’Onofrio’s useless grunt in the opening act of Full Metal Jacket, »

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