“Whiplash” (directed by Damien Chazelle)

“Whiplash” was the most stress-inducing film I saw this year, but in a good way. It’s an intense film that poses some intriguing questions. Is greatness innate or does it have to be pushed and extracted from someone? For those striving for greatness, how far is too far? This film has an amazing soundtrack, and a career-best performance from J.K. Simmons. At many points in this film, I found myself holding my breath and gripping my seat from the intensity.