fate of the furious movie connections

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious.)

The amount of movies you could watch alongside The Fate of the Furious is insane. The franchise has shifted drastically since its humble beginnings in 2001 as a street racing action flick where the biggest thing at stake was a warehouse filled with VCR/TV combos. So drastically, in fact, that the family has crossed a half-dozen genre lines, dropped cars from planes, and winked so thoroughly at superhero status that they belong in a Marvel cross-over.

The eighth incarnation of the Vin Diesel-fueled, Rock-improved series is either the best or worst of the films so far. It features Dominic Toretto (Diesel) being blackmailed by Cipher (Charlize Theron) to work against The Family (gasp!) and the rest of the world. The crew gets all the sexy vehicles and high tech gadgets they need to save us all, but will Dom ever be invited back to the family barbecue?

Hard to say. So let’s find some gems to binge alongside F8.

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takerspostersmall

This is what happens when the Ed Hardies of the world demand a contemporary, made-for-BET version of Heat that stars lawless idiots like Chris Brown, T.I., and…Hayden Christensen thugged out in a $300 fedora and bowtie. Elegantly entitled to the chagrin of Bryan Mills, Takers, the film opens early next year. To add further insult to injury (and Michael Scott’s DVD collection), The Wire‘s Idris Elba appears to be playing the De Niro mastermind in this $20 million bank robber thriller, hence no room on the poster for co-star Matt Dillon, taking on Pacino detective duties. Take the time to see the brilliance for yourself below and then Spinja-it-out with Chris Brown defenders in the comments…

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