Wednesday, July 22, 2015







Kato, why on earth have you brought up “Whiplash”?


Diane, I think you’re an enthusiastic music lover.

Oh yes, I am… I love music, but what has “Whiplash” got to do with music?

Look at the following list.


■”Actual Listing Page


I’ve watched 907 movies so far at Vancouver Public Library.  Take a look at the 894th movie.

So you borrowed a DVD titled “Whiplash,” didn’t you?

Yes, I did.


■”Actual Catalogue Page

You watched the above movie on July 17 and jotted down the above comment, huh?

Yes, I did.

I see… The protagonist is an ambitious young jazz drummer, isn’t he?

Yes, that’s right…

Whiplash (2014 film)


Andrew Neiman is a first-year jazz student at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory in New York.
He has been playing drums from a young age and aspires to become one of the greats like Buddy Rich.
Famed conductor Terence Fletcher discovers Andrew practicing in the music room late one night and eventually invites him into his studio band as the alternate for core drummer Carl Tanner.

Fletcher is abusive toward his students, mocking and insulting them.
When the band rehearses the Hank Levy piece “Whiplash” and Andrew struggles to keep his tempo, Fletcher hurls a chair at him, slaps him, and berates him in front of the class.


At a jazz competition, Andrew accidentally misplaces Carl’s sheet music.
As Carl cannot play without it, Andrew steps in, telling Fletcher that he can perform “Whiplash” from memory.
Fletcher promotes him to core drummer.

Soon after, Fletcher recruits Ryan Connolly, the core drummer from Andrew’s former lower-level class.
Ryan is the less talented drummer, but Fletcher promotes him to core, infuriating Andrew.
Determined to impress Fletcher, Andrew practices until his hands bleed and breaks up with his girlfriend Nicole, believing she will distract him.


The next day, Fletcher tearfully reveals in class that a talented former student of his, Sean Casey, has died in a car accident.
The band rehearses “Caravan”, but Ryan struggles with the tempo.
Fletcher auditions Andrew, Ryan and Carl for hours while the class waits outside, and finally gives the position to Andrew.

On the way to a jazz competition, Andrew’s bus breaks down.
Determined to make the performance, he rents a car but arrives late without his drumsticks.
After an argument with Fletcher and a tirade against his fellow musicians, Andrew drives back to the car rental office and retrieves the drumsticks.

As he speeds back, however, his car is hit by a truck.
He crawls from the wreckage and arrives on stage badly injured.
When he struggles to play “Caravan” due to his injuries, Fletcher stops the band midway through the performance to tell Andrew that he is “done”.
Andrew attacks Fletcher in front of the audience and is subsequently expelled from Shaffer.

Shortly after, Andrew meets with a lawyer representing the parents of Sean Casey.
The lawyer explains that Sean Casey actually hanged himself, having suffered anxiety and depression after joining Fletcher’s class.
Sean’s parents want to prevent Fletcher from teaching.
Andrew agrees to testify anonymously and Fletcher is fired.

Months later, Andrew has abandoned music and is working in a restaurant while applying to different colleges.
He walks past a jazz club and sees Fletcher performing on stage.
Fletcher invites him for drinks and explains that he pushes his students beyond the expected so they might achieve greatness.
He invites Andrew to perform at a festival concert with his band.
Andrew agrees and invites Nicole, but she is in a new relationship and declines.

On stage at the jazz festival, Fletcher reveals that he knew Andrew testified against him.
He leads the band in a new piece for which Andrew was not given sheet music.
Andrew is humiliated and flees the stage, but as Fletcher is addressing the audience, Andrew returns to the drumset and interrupts with aggressive drumming and directing other members of the band in how to follow, taking over and surprising Fletcher, who eventually follows.
Andrew ends the performance with an extravagant drum solo.
Fletcher gives him a nod of approval, which Andrew returns, as an equal.

SOURCE: “Whiplash (2014 film)”
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kato, how come you picked up the above DVD?

Look at the following catalogue page again.


As you see, there are 52 DVDs for the film, and 177 people are still waiting to view it.  So, this movie is in big demand.  It must be a good flick.

But, Kato, I’m NOT so crazy about jazz.

No problem… In that case, I’ve got another flick just for you.


■”Actual Catalogue Page


You viewed the above movie on July 3, and jotted down the above comment, huh?

Yes, I did.

Kato, what made you think that the above movie is just for me?

Well… read the following synopsis.

A Late Quartet



A Late Quartet is a 2012 American drama directed by Yaron Zilberman.

The film uses chamber music played by the Brentano String Quartet and especially, Beethoven’s Op. 131.

The film was released in Australia as Performance.

As the Fugue String quartet approaches its 25th anniversary, the onset of a debilitating illness to cellist Peter Mitchell (played by Christopher Walken), forces its members to reevaluate their relationships.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Peter announces his decision to play one final concert before he retires.

Meanwhile the second violinist, Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman), voices his desire to alternate the first violinist role, long held by Daniel (Mark Ivanir).

Robert is married to Juliette (Catherine Keener), the viola player of the group.

Upon discovering Juliette does not support him in this matter, Robert has a one-night stand.

Further complicating matters, their daughter, Alexandra (Imogen Poots), begins an affair with Daniel, whom her mother once pined for.


Yet bound together by their years of collaboration, the quartet will search for a fitting farewell to their shared passion of music and perhaps even a new beginning.

SOURCE: “A Late Quartet”
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Diane, you play the piano and the violin.  Besides, you love Beethoven, don’t you?

Yes, I love Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.

Besides, Beethoven’s Op. 131 is one of your favorites, eh?


Kato, how come you’ve viewed so many movies?

‘Cause I’ll have to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.

How come you’ll see 1001 movies?

‘Cause I’ll watch “One Thousand and One Nights” or “Arabian Nights” as the 1001st movie.


I see… you’ve got a peculiar interest in an exotic tale, huh?

Yes… Why shall we not see the movie together?

Well… I’ll think it over.


【Himiko’s Monologue】


I wish I could see “One Thousand and One Nights” with Kato.

Anyway, I like the 889th movie in the above Kato’s movie list.

It is called “SAMSARA,” which is a 2011 non-narrative documentary directed by Ron Fricke.

This movie was filmed over five years in 25 countries around the world.

It was shot in 70 mm format.

So it is profoundly clear and looks so fresh that you could feel you were in the movie.

It explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of humanity’s spirituality and the human experience.

Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation.

You would be mesmerized.

Please take a look at the following trailer.


In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:



“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”



“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”



“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”




“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver




Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.

So far, he’s watched 907 movies.

That is, he must see 93 more movies to accomplish his goal.

I’m particularly interested in Number 892 in the above list.



Kato jotted down his comment as follows:


This is a 1962 American psychological thriller directed by J. Lee Thompson, based on the novel “The Executioners” by John D. MacDonald.

Despite help from the local police chief and a private detective, the lawyer is legally powerless to keep the ex-convict from playing his sadistic game of cat and mouse.

Finally, the lawyer must put his family’s lives at stake in a deadly trap that leads to one of the most suspenseful and heart-pounding confrontations ever committed to film.

It is a gripping and engaging thriller that will keep you at the ede of your seat.

SOURCE: “Actuial Comment Page”

The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you see it?








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