Whiplash Review

Whiplash_w300GRADE: A+

RATED: R (for strong language including some sexual references)

NOT IN 3D

NOT IN RPX

Whiplash (directed by Damien Chazelle) is intense. As the film continued forwards, my stomach got more and more knotted and I grew closer to the edge of my seat. The film is truly a two man show, a psychological war between Miles Teller and J.K Simmons. Both are great, I wouldn’t be surprised if they both come home with Oscars. The cinematography is also genius, the camera will zoom in on just a single drum to show intensity, and it even went first person at times. Whiplash tells the story of obsession and what it does to someone. A prodigious jazz drummer (named Andrew, played by Teller) goes to Shafer College and is invited to join the Studio Band. The teacher for the studio band (named Fletcher, played by Simmons) assigns Andrew to alternate drums. Fletcher challenges Andrew, he yells at him, he throws obstacles at him, and he constantly brings up Andrew’s tough life as a child. I’m not going to tell anymore because when I saw it, all I knew was that it had J.K Simmons and Miles Teller and it involved drums. I actually think I enjoyed it more having only that much information and I’m glad I didn’t know very much about it. The writing is outstanding and once again, it really got under my skin and sent chills down my spine at scenes. I seriously advise that most if not all people should see this film, it’s definitely one of the year’s best.

Fury Review

Fury_w300GRADE: B+

RATED: R (strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout)

NOT IN 3D

GREAT IN RPX, AND YOU GET A TEE SHIRT!

Fury (directed by David Ayer) is a raw story of the brutality of war. The acting was superb, and they were able to make every scene seem very intense. The leading cast consisted of Logan Lerman, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBouf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal. The film is about a fictional WWII tank crew that lasted four years together. The film was based on the accounts of several WWII tank operators, all of the stories were brought together. The film’s main focus is a boy named Norman (Lerman), Norman is thrusted into a tank crew after one of their men just died. Norman evolves from never having killed to killing nazis without a second thought, which is interesting to watch. The other characters slowly become more and more developed, so that you care for each of them. The film takes place at the end of WWII (1945 I believe, possibly 1946), and it really is very different from other WWII films. The tank battle scenes were also extraordinary. I learned that German tanks were all around more powerful than those of the Allies, which was made very clear during the battles. Overall I would say Fury is worth watching for anyone that wants something on the heavy side.