First Clip: Whiplash “Rushing or Dragging”
J.K. Simmons hurls chairs and slaps his drummer as abusive jazz instructor Terence Fletcher in the first clip from Sony Pictures Classics’ Whiplash. Winner of the Audience Award and Grady Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Whiplash is Damien Chazelle‘s 2nd feature as director, but is already gaining hype following its strong debuts at Sundance and Cannes (from which you can read our review). With The Spectacular Now‘s Miles Teller in the role of a young drummer, many critics note that the film provides its other star, J.K. Simmons, a near-perfect vehicle for the former J. Jonah Jameson’s brand of half-screamed scolding.
Whiplash is set for limited release on October 10th this year, and some have J.K. Simmons and this film pegged as an outside contender for awards season. Watch the first clip below: