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8 Cool Car Movies That Aren’t In The ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise

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In the mood for something fast but maybe not so furious? Turns out, there are a ton of other excellent car movies that have very little to do with “family.” From comedy to horror to action, car movies have a plethora of choices for the car aficionado or the mere appreciator.



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The best car movies will take the audience on a ride they have never been on before. Car Movies promise adventure and fast-paced thrills that can’t be matched in any other mode of transportation. For those reasons, fans across all genres keep coming back for more.

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Hit And Run (2012)

Hit and Run follows Charlie (Dax Shepard), a former getaway driver, whose shady past comes back to haunt him. While on a road trip to get his girlfriend, Annie (Kristen Bell), to a big job interview they are being chased by his old criminal friends and his witness protection officer. Their trip becomes problematic when Annie becomes privy to his old wild ways that are now coming to light and the couple must confront what they don’t know about each other.

The car comedy is as heartfelt as it is exciting and not to mention funny. The chemistry between the real-life couple, Shepard and Bell, makes the movie feel intimate and loving, something not easily achieved in a car movie. Hit and Run features Shepard’s extensive personal car collection which makes the film feel even more personal and high stakes.


Baby Driver (2017)Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a gifted heist driver with a hearing disorder that means he is constantly listening to music. He is on the cusp of repaying his debt to the criminal ring leader, Doc (Kevin Spacey), who needs him for one last job. However, Doc is willing to do whatever he has to do to retain Baby’s skills and has no intention of allowing his freedom so easily.

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Baby Driver features plenty of exciting driving and car stunts to keep any viewer impressed with Baby. The film also boasts a truly exceptional soundtrack that firmly places the audience within the story and having an all-around good time. Baby’s wild journey gives car movie fans plenty of twists and turns, truly giving a little something for every fan across all genres.

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Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)dude-wheres-my-car-danny-leiner

Jesse (Ashton Kutcher) and Chester (Sean William Scott) are two stoners who go on a wild mission to find their missing car. After a night of partying, the pair cannot remember where they parked, so they naturally try to retrace their steps. In their journey, they come across an eclectic group of people hoping it will lead them to the missing vehicle.

The classic comedy is delightfully never serious and suspends any amount of reality the audience may have for Jesse and Chester’s wacky situation. The movie is a lighthearted testament to the love between a young person and their first car. The boys are willing to do anything to recover their beat-up car because it is ultimately their ticket to freedom.

Drive (2011)The Driver in a car, moonlighting as a getaway driver in Drive.

Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a Hollywood stuntman by day and a criminal getaway driver by night. Driver agrees to a heist promising a big payday which goes horribly wrong and threatens danger for himself as well as his neighbor and her young son. After developing feelings for his neighbor, Driver takes it upon himself to protect her and her child from the criminal organization threatening them.

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The beauty of Gosling’s Driver is the simplicity of the character. Driver notoriously says very little but clearly feels very deeply. He is a damaged hero through and through. One of the most exciting car movies, Drive delivers tons of action and intensity for lovers of dark drama.

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Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)Nicholas Cage Gone in 60 Seconds

Memphis (Nicolas Cage), a retired car thief, is forced back into stealing fifty luxury cars in order to save his brother. He must assemble a group of fellow criminals to help him pull off the multiple heists. He is up against a rival gang as they attempt to derail his progress and take the cars for themselves.

Gone In 60 Secondsis both a heist and car movie wrapped into one. Audiences will have their action thirst quench between the high-speed chases and carjacking schemes. The film features an all-star cast who hold this movie up and undoubtedly make an entertaining criminal team.


The Italian Job (2003)Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, and Jason Statham in 'The Italian Job'

After a major heist, a group of criminals is fractured when one of their partners steals their gold and kills their safecracker. They swear to find him and exact revenge in order to get their gold back. The team bands together through a dangerous series of events and enact the help of their dead partner’s daughter.

The remake boasts a huge cast and promises big thrills. With plenty of action and car chases, The Italian Jobmakes for an essential car movie. Though the thriller still comes through with plenty of twists and turns throughout the movie.

Christine (1983)christine-movie-social

Arnie (Keith Gordon) splurges on a classic car which he names Christine. Arnie forms an unhealthy obsession with the car, making the people in his life uncomfortable. Once the car is defaced it takes on a life of its own and begins killing people who have wronged Arnie.

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The horror classic brings a different perspective to the car movie genre and puts the car in the driver’s seat. Instead of a means of transportation, Christine is a character all on her own. Christine depicts a fantastical story of a bond between man and car gone dark.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)mad-max-fury-road-tom-hardy

The most recent installment of the Mad Max franchise follows Max (Tom Hardy) in a post-apocalyptic world where water is scarce. Max ends up in the middle of a high-speed battle between a tyrant and his most trusted warrior as she tries to free his many captive wives. In his captivity Max agrees to help her in order to overthrow the maniacal dictator.

The film offers a tense and thrilling apocalyptic interpretation of a car movie. There are plenty of wild stunts and tricked-out cars to keep fans engaged. The movie also perpetuates timely social commentary and warns against a waterless future.

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The unique animation form, hailing from Japan, Anime is a huge phenomenon around the world. With the signature style of anime, from the big eyes, to the flair of the drawing, you may think of the visuals of this medium – however, it also has some of the most outstanding voice-overs you will ever hear.

But which voiceovers are worth your attention? Well we have collated the 5 best anime voice-overs for you.

Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch Lamperouge)

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Jun Fukuyama was responsible for the Japanese voice for Lelouch Lamperouge in the hit show “Code Geass”. The character of Lelouch is trapped in a alternate history version of Japan that has been dominated by the British Empire. Together with his gang, he works to free Japan from tyranny, masquerading as the Rebellious Zero. He must juggle his normal life with his criminal life, using deft subterfuge and careful deception. 

Fukuyama even won numerous awards for his portrayal of Lelouch. In 2009, he won the newly established “Foreign Fan Award” and the Tokyo Anime Awards in the category of “Best Voice Actor” for the role of Lelouch. In addition, won Animage magazine awards in 2007 and 2008 for the same position. Solidifying his work in this cat-and-mouse anime as one of the best anime voice-overs.

Kappei Yamaguchi (L) 

Deathnote is the quintessential detective anime, a legendary show that has captured the interest of audiences in Japan and worldwide. Kappei Yamaguchi’s work as L, the master detective, is beloved among the anime fandom. He breathes an air of seriousness to the immovable morals of L, whilst also providing an element of joyful childishness to the character – highlighting his peculiarities, as he tries to catch Kira – the murderer. 

Outside of Deathnote, Yamaguchi is known for his role in voicing Inuyasha, Usopp, and Ranma Saotome. In addition, he is the Japanese voice of Hifumi Yamada, Jin Kirigiri (only in the first game), and Father Makoto in the Danganronpa series.

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Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi)

Hiroshi Kamiya has worked hard to have himself associated with one of the most successful animes of all time, Attack on Titan. In this world, humanity struggles to survive after the world is overrun by Titans – humongous Colossae who consume humans. Levi is a leader among the remaining humans, and an expert in killing Titans, he is cool, collected, and fearless – traits which Kamiya demonstrates perfectly. 

Hiroshi Kamiya is a Japanese voice actor, singer, and radio host. He currently works for Aoni Production. He also voices Akashi Seijuro, one of the main characters in the television series Basketball Kuroko. 

Mayumi Tanaka (Monkey D. Luffy) 

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Luffy is the main character in the One-Piece anime and manga. Founding captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and one of the top four fighters, Luffy is a mainstay character in one of the longest running anime shows of all time. He is wild, irreverent, excitable, and fun – which is replicated in Mayumi Tanaka’s performance. 

Tanaka is a Japanese voice actress, actress, and Special lecturer at the Japan College of Arts. She played the famous role of Monkey D. Luffy, also known as “Luffy Hayflower” or simply “Hayflower Hat.  

Mamoru Miyano (Light Yagami) 

Mamoru Miyano has become very popular thanks to his role as Light Yagami. Light Yagami, also known as Kira, is the main character in the manga, anime series, and Death Note series. He finds a supernatural notebook that has the ability to kill someone in various ways, just by writing their name down. Light transforms from a bright, young school boy to a malicious serial killer with a god complex throughout the show, a descent that is captured perfectly by Miyano.  

Miyano Mamoru is a very popular Japanese voice actor and musician. Mamoru does a tremendous job of getting to grips with every role and playing it in his way, trying to convey the character’s emotions to the audience.  

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Conclusion

All of the voice-overs presented here are among the best 5 voice-overs in anime. Also, in on the topic of voices – look to Voquent as the best place to find voice-over actors, at home studios or in traditional studio spaces. You can find outstanding voice-over for anime and beyond on this platform.  

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Doctor Doom Marvel Project Plans Revealed on Hot Mic

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Howard Stern built his reputation by saying shocking things on the microphone. But his latest shocking comment making the rounds was broadcast accidentally. After recording an episode of his Sirius XM radio show, Stern and his co-host Robin Quivers talk about summer plans, unaware that their mics were still going. Under the sound of ads and promotional music, listeners caught Stern referring to a fan-favorite character.

In a clip circulating on Twitter, Stern is griping about his upcoming schedule when Robin asks if he’ll be working over the summer. “I told you, I’m doing Doctor Doom,” Stern responds, followed by conversation too muddled to make out. One can clearly hear Stern reference the variety show America’s Got Talent, for which he served as a judge, and the phrase “I’m an asshole,” which could refer to either his character on a Doom project or his general dissatisfaction with his workload.

On one hand, this news may not be as out of left field as it initially appears. Last year, Marvel signed a contract with Sirius XM to produce podcasts, many of which have focused on characters who haven’t appeared in the MCU, such as two Wolverine series starring The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage as Logan. Later installments include several Wastelanders series, set in the post-apocalyptic future of Old Man Logan, including Wastelanders: Doom.

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While it seems most likely that Stern is referring to the upcoming Doctor Doom podcast, a couple of surprising name-drops raise the possibility for something more substantial. “I called Robert Downey Jr.,” Stern can be heard saying. “I was asking him about acting tips.” Before the clip cuts off, Stern asks about a phone number for “Jon” – possibly Jon Favreau?

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A dizzyingly drab thriller holds onto the streaming charts for dear life

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A dizzyingly drab thriller holds onto the streaming charts for dear life

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An unassuming low budget thriller with an eye-catching premise isn’t the easiest thing in the world to stumble upon from the perspective of the filmmakers tasked to develop the project, so praise should be aimed towards The Ledge for its intriguing central conceit.

However, the concept isn’t particularly well-suited for a feature film, which leaves the end product padding out its runtime to unnecessary proportions, yielding increasingly disappointing returns as the minutes tick by. Then again, it hasn’t exactly harmed the prospects of director Howard J. Ford’s would-be nail-biter on streaming, with FlixPatrol outing The Ledge as one of the 10 most-watched titles on Hulu.

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That’s a fantastic return for a British genre film, although the hook does admittedly make for an excellent selling point. Two friends set off on a rock-climbing trip, but one of them ends up as the victim of a murder. For better or worse, Brittany Ashworth’s Kelly has caught the whole thing on video, with the quartet of killers hot on her tail.

Forced upwards out of necessity, she ends up within mere feet of her pursuers, forcing both parties into a drastic race against time to defeat each other, and the elements, in order to ensure survival.

As mentioned previously, the broad strokes of The Ledge had the potential to deliver an absolute doozy, but a 38 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and 21 percent user rating hints that it missed the mark by quite a distance. Fortunately, streaming crowds across the pond don’t appear to have been deterred at all.

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