Friday, February 20, 2015

Movie Reviews: “Whiplash” and “Still Alice”

   Rated R

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious jazz drummer at a prestigious music conservatory whose obsession is to become a top-notch musician.  Terence Fletcher is his demanding teacher.  Will Fletcher’s tactics elicit Andrew’s best or will they push him to the brink of sanity?

Every year, I try to see the Academy Award Best Picture nominees-almost always, I think they’re truly great films.  Whiplash definitely belongs in that category.  With amazing performances from Miles Teller (as Andrew Neyman) and J.K. Simmons (as Terence Fletcher) and its unpredictable story, Whiplash is a prime example of synergy, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. 

   Still Alice
   Rated R

Alice Howland is a 50-year old Columbia University linguistics professor who leads a charmed life until she is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Losing her prized intelligence deeply affects her and her relationships with loved ones.

Still Alice is a heartbreaking film with an exceptional performance by Julianne Moore.  Though this film played on my worst fear, becoming or having a loved one become mentally incapacitated, it’s a must-see film!

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