To celebrate the release of Whiplash, we count down our top ‘far-better-than-theyhave-any-right-to-be’ movies...
 The 40-Year-Old Virgin It’s a comedy about a middle-aged man who hasn’t lost his virginity yet. HAHAHA. Yet what sounds like a crude, bawdy pub-napkin plot turns out to be a sweet bromance and Judd Apatow’s best directed movie yet.  Secretary Boasting a poster straight out of a jazz mag emporium, and billed an ‘erotic romance’, Secretary had the hallmarks of a stinker. Instead, Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader hypnotised with a surprisingly sweet S&M love story.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vin Diesel playing a warrior tree that can only speak three words. A gun-toting raccoon. A leading man known for being ‘the tubby, funny one’. The writer of ScoobyDoo 2 directing. It should’ve been a mess. It was genius.  Dawn of the Dead (2004) You’d think you’d have to be a madman to try to remake the most iconic zombie of all time. Thankfully, Zack Snyder’s the crazy man for the audacious job, and created a fresh, adrenalised take on a then-shuffling genre.  The LEGO Movie What should’ve been little more than a soulless cash-grab became one of 2014’s biggest grossing movies thanks to a gleefully madcap script, and a whole LEGO bucketfull of imagination. LEGO Batman FTW.
Looking Season 1 Disc While Looking has been lazily labelled ‘the gay Girls’, the reality is far curiouser. The awkward adventures in love and life of three gay friends living in San Francisco, it’s got narrative confidence galore (no doubt in part thanks to executive producer Andrew ‘Weekend’ Haigh). Even when unlikeable character traits frustrate, they’re ultimately what make the show so relatable. Like your real buddies, this is a show that grows on you.
The Fall Series Two Disc Hands up who likes serial killers? Now a show of hands for who likes SEXY serial killers? We thought so. The Beeb’s deliciously dark drama The Fall should be applauded for many reasons, not least its nationwide morality alteration. Everything fans loved about the first series is back (sultry, emotionally stunted Gillian Anderson, sexy murderising by Jamie Dornan), only more intense and pacier than ever, as two seasons of cat-andmouse games come to a dramatic conclusion.
Frank Netflix It’s a brave movie that hires an A-List actor known for his rugged handsomeness and piercing eyes (Michael can Bend our Fass, etc) and then hides it all behind a giant papier-mâché head modelled on an obscure British 80s comedy character. Therein lies Frank’s purposely mad genius, crafting a surprisingly affecting reflection on mental illness, fame and ego, all wrapped up in a 100% bonkers and surreal comedy.
Mean Girls Netflix The best teen movie of its decade comes to UK Netflix and it’s exactly as amazing as you remember. Tina Fey’s snarky, sparkling and endlessly quotable script is bolstered by equally as sassy performances from a pre-meltdown Lindsay Lohan, stand-out turns from old-school Lizzy Caplan, Rachel McAdams and Amy Poehler. Also includes the best bus accident this side of Final Destination.