Whiplash (2014)

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. (IMDb)

Simmons as the terrifying and unpredictable Fletcher has you on the edge of your seat every time he makes an appearance, and Teller as the ambitious Andrew matches him punch for punch to complete a unforgettably passionate on-screen relationship that raises fascinating questions about the nature of art and the moral issues regarding human ability and drive. The film is intense, disturbing, and without a wasted scene: only after its brilliant and mesmerizing finale can you finally take a breath.

9.7/10

#2 on my Complete Film Rankings list

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