Whiplash (2013)

Note: This is reviewing the 2013 short film, not the much more famous 2014 full-length feature film. It’s always interesting looking at short films that later had big successful feature films made from them. Rather than compress the entire story of what would become 2014’s “Whiplash” down, here director Damien Chazelle basically just shoots one…

Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (1933)

A fascinating old musical. Damien Chazelle, director of “Whiplash” and “La La Land”, says in regards to it that “the songs don’t really begin and end in very ordinary ways, they flow in and out, and sometimes some of the dialogue is in rhythm, or in verse”, and that indeed is one of the most…

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

Damien Chazelle’s first film surprised me in how how it indeed felt like a first film. His second, “Whiplash”, and third, “La La Land”, felt so fully-formed and masterfully done, that it surprised me to see his first film, “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench”, be so much more of an amateur effort. That’s…