After seeing the academy nominations I decide to check a few out. The first was Whiplash. A young aspiring musician (drummer) joins a college studio band run by a teacher (conductor) that will stop at no extreme for perfection. Rated R and excessive language. Lots of F word and MF word. Very intense acting by the two main characters.
If you have been in a band or like Jazz or Big Band music you may like this more than I. Fairly good watch but nothing that promotes enough interest to sit around the water cooler or forum and talk about. I rate it a 7.0. IMB gives it a 8.6 so lots of folks liked it better than I.