Raging Bull (movie)

'Whiplash's' J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller and others dissect last scene

"Whiplash" accomplishes so much against such long odds — it's a $3-million indie shot in just 19 days that somehow makes jazz drumming utterly gripping — that it's tempting to write the October release off as pure magic. But a closer look at the movie's knockout finale is proof of the meticulous calculation and technique that crafted the sleeper hit that's earning Oscar buzz. To be clear, the below dissects the ending of the film that pits promising young drummer Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) against ferocious conservatory ensemble conductor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), so, naturally, spoilers ahead. By film's end, Andrew and Fletcher...