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Stas Wirthing 
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Re: “Whiplash

The reviewer writes: "What they don't traditionally do is undergo the ludicrous levels of physical and psychological mistreatment depicted here." Actually, the director said in an interview that his film was mostly autobiographical. In fact, this kind of abusive relationship is rampant in competitive sports and music programs all across the country. The director also said that his jazz ensemble was voted best high school band in the country by Downbeat, so the film asks the question: is it worth it? It's a good, timely question. The reviewer dismisses the question as preposterous and irrelevant. In America today it is neither.

Also it's a little weird to have a reviewer take issue with an utterance made by a psychopath (Fletcher) because of its dubious historical accuracy. I didn't know that in film even psychopaths are to be held to the highest scholarly standards...

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Posted by Stas Wirthing on 11/19/2014 at 6:45 PM

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