Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
First Poster For Ant-Man Arrives Online
Heist, heist baby
Fresh Avengers: Age Of Ultron Concept Art
Via Comic-con freebie posters
Mad Max: Fury Road Comic-Con Poster Unveiled
What a lovely day...
New Warcraft Logo Revealed
Duncan Jones' video game adaptation has a fresh look
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Launches A New Poster
Graffiti hits Comic-Con
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Gets A Release Date
Argh ye ready for more Cap'n Jack come July 2017?
Twisted Twins Attack Painkiller Jane
Soska Sisters adapting cult comic
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
20 July 2014
Michael B. Jordan Talks The New Fantastic Four
'It’s not your typical superhero film...'
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
That Awkward Moment (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)
Empire Star Rating
21 And Over (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Rabbit Hole (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

First Clip From Sundance Breakout Whiplash
JK Simmons is the music teacher from hell...

21 May 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Sony Pictures Classics

submit to reddit

Damien Chazelle’s coming-of-age – or perhaps, given the subject matter, it should be drumming-of-age – music film Whiplash already has plenty of positive buzz about it thanks to a multiple award-winning appearance at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Now, to help spread the word further, Sony has put a clip online. 

Whiplash features Miles Teller as Andrew Neyman, an ambitious 19-year-old jazz drummer who attends a high-profile music conservatory, where legendary teacher Terence Fletcher (JK Simmons) rules the roost. But Andrew discovers that reaching for perfection comes with a price, as Fletcher is a hot-tempered, oft-maniacal bully. In this clip, Fletcher demonstrates the difference between rushing your tempo and dragging, a point he gets across by throwing a chair at the young man and slapping him. It’s the sort of teaching method R. Lee Ermey’s Sergeant Hartman would probably appreciate.

Simmons, while he’s played softer characters in some of Jason Reitman’s films and TV work, is spectacular as this sort of unpredictable psycho, and our Damon Wise noted that his role isn’t softened in the film’s sports-movie-style story.

Whiplash should be out later this year, though doesn’t appear to have a confirmed UK date yet. American audiences can see it from October 10.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Trailer For The Gracefield Incident Crash-Lands
There's something out there...
Alfonso Cuarón May Wrangle Fantastic Beasts
Update: He won't tackle the Potter prequel

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
'I Have The Club But I Didn't Get The Lion's Head'
Dwayne Johnson (and pals) talks Hercules props, action and ancient superheroes

Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Classic Feature: Jack Nicholson - Gods Among Us
Charisma, consistency and cunning summed up in a single word: Jack.

Director Matt Reeves Spills Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Secrets
What we learned from our Empire podcast spoiler special

Peter Fonda On Peter Fonda
The Hollywood legend relives his career highlights

Kevin Feige Talks Ant-Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy And Doctor Strange
The Marvel boss updates us on the state of his cinematic universe

Video: Gary Oldman And Keri Russell Talk Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Would you watch Carry On Up The Planet Of The Apes?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)