22 January 2015

Whiplash

"Whiplash" 2014
"Whiplash" has had some good reviews so today I decided to struggle through the snowdrifts aboard my new sledge - pulled by six husky dogs. This was kindly donated by Siberian blogger "Ivan the Terrible". At first I thought I would name the dogs after Santa's reindeer but instead I decided to call them Lee, Helen, Meike, Gowans, Adrian and Molly. They fight over the raw meat I throw to them but seem to respond to my bullwhip. I may have to have Adrian neutered as he's forever sniffing at the bitches' behinds.

Past Hunter's Bar and along Ecclesall Road. Passers by stood with jaws open and the number 88 bus narrowly missed the number 83A when the drivers simultaneously spotted my "Tundra Express" sledge gliding along. Eventually I arrived at The Showroom and tied the sledge up at the bicycle stand outside Sheffield Hallam University Students' Union.

"Whiplash" is an odd film. It has nothing to do with controlling randy huskies. Instead it is about jazz drumming and the quest for perfection. The lead parts are played by Miles Teller as the obsessive student drummer Andrew Neiman and J.K. Simmons as autocratic jazz band teacher Terence Fletcher.

There's a breathless energy to this film culminating in Neiman's outrageous drum solo which finally wins Fletcher over. "Whiplash" is not about killing or crime, it's about psychology and the quest for perfection. Strangely, there is a sense in which music seems to take a back seat. I thought that J.K.Simmons was brilliant but ultimately, despite the reviews,  I doubt that  this film is going to occupy a place on the "best films" shelf in my memory's film library.

At the students' union, the huskies were slavering and yapping at passing students and a parking enforcement officer was trying to put a ticket on my new sledge. "Oh no!" I exclaimed as Helen and Meike leapt at his undefended rump with bared fangs.

We proceeded home through the rush hour traffic and only occasionally did I have to flex my bullwhip - mostly on Adrian's furry rear end.

18 comments:

  1. Tsk! Tsk! You've been reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" and the Marquis de Sade again, I see, Yorky! You'll have to stop that...it's giving you wild ideas!

    I'd like to see "Whiplash"....it's had good reviews here, too. I love the drums; I always have so I think I'd be a fan. J. K. Simmons has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his hard work in the movie, too.

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    1. If you like the drums, you will probably like this film too Lee. I am proud to say that I haven't read "Fifty Shades of Grey" - “He's naked except for those soft ripped jeans, top button casually undone. Jeez, he looks so freaking hot. My subconscious is frantically fanning herself, and my inner goddess is swaying and writhing to some primal carnal rhythm.”

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    2. Well, I'm not ashamed nor am I embarrassed to admit I read the trilogy...and I enjoyed the books. And they sit on one of my bookshelves blatantly in full view.

      Unlike what a friend of mine did when she was reading the books...she made covers for them out of newspaper so people wouldn't know what she was reading! I told her that was being bloody ridiculous...and was only drawing more attention to them! Plus she's a grown woman, in her late fifties at time of reading, with two adult sons! I should give her a few of Anais Nin books to read...next time she's sitting with friends! lol

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    3. “She had acquired some of his gypsy ways, some of his nonchalance, his bohemian indiscipline. She had swung with him into the disorders of strewn clothes, spilled cigarette ashes, slipping into bed all dressed, falling asleep thus, indolence, timelessness...A region of chaos and moonlight. She liked it there.”
      ― Anaïs Nin

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  2. Quit flicking the whip on Adrian's backside.....it will only encourage him. ;)

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    1. Isn't it called S&M? I have heard that Adrian is into that and has a studded leather catsuit in his campervan.

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  3. An old joke (not trying to be snarky)::

    Q. What do you call people who like to hang around with musicians?
    A. Drummers.

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    1. I am so sorry that I didn't name a husky after you Bob!

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  4. That's the last time I take you to the Flicks.

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    1. I have already made an appointment with the vet who happens to be called Miss Balls.

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  5. Hmm... doesn't catch me as particularly interesting, I'll pass this one.
    Fifty Shades of Grey? Well, I haven't read it and I won't. Reading about other people's sex life is as fascinating as reading about their financial situation (yawn).

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    1. Now "Fifty Shades of John Gray" that;s a book I would like to read.

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    2. Really? I think all that mushing has gone to your head...

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    3. I must admit I had to look up the word "mushing". How clever of you to know it. An extra bone for the lead husky!

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    4. Come on, even I know what a musher is, and what mushing means!

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    5. Yes Miss Arian - but you are a genius! I am only human.

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  6. Well I don't like drumming at all especially drum solos so I'll pass on this one.... But I have read Fifty Shades of a Grey - all three of them. Just Mills & Boone type love story with some sexy bits thrown in. Not at all keen on whips YP so be careful if you're thinking of waving one in my direction !

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    1. How would you prefer to be punished Helen? Perhaps a schoolteacher's cane? Thwack! Thwack!

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