Movies Watched This Week: Elektra, The Last Outlaw and more

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This week I watched a bunch of old movies, eight of them to be exact. Some I’ve seen before and some I haven’t.

My girlfriend came over for a couple of days and we sorted through my old man’s bootleg dvd collection and found some movies she wanted to watch and a few I wanted to check out.

Here’s a run down of the movies we watched.

Elektra (2005)

The first one was a movie that I had for a while but never bothered to watch. I just didn’t seem to be interested in this spin-off from the 2003 superhero film Daredevil.

The movie was ok but quite forgettable. Watch it if you have nothing better to do.

The Last Outlaw (1993)

This was a very good western. I remember seeing this a long time ago in theaters and I thoroughly enjoyed it and even put it on my Imdb watchlist a couple of years ago after I couldn’t find it streaming anywhere online.

The action in “The Last Outlaw” is what I love seeing in western films. Mickey Rourke’s acting is superb playing the unforgiving outlaw Graff who is shot and left for dead by his own men. He then joins the posse hunting them to take them out one by one.

The movie keeps you on the edge sometimes and it rarely gets slow at any point. This is one of my favorite westerns if not my second favorite behind The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

Definitely check it out because I honestly doubt you’ve seen it.

Nowhere To Run (1993)

This is a cool Van Damme movie that I saw a long time ago.

It’s ok but not as much action as Hard Target or Universal Soldier – two of Van Damme’s best action movies that came out around the same time as Nowhere to Run. Still a good watch though if you’ve never seen it before.

Army of One (1993)

I remember when this movie came out at the local theater. It was called Joshua Tree then and I had wanted to go see it but never did.

The movie stars action star Dolph Lundgren as a wrongly convicted cop killer who escapes custody during an attempt on his life. He kidnaps a sexy off duty cop as he tries to find the men responsible for setting him up.

Good action movie even with the ridiculous scenes where what seems like 1000 henchmen show up out of nowhere at a warehouse only to become body counts.

My girlfriend and I definitely enjoyed this one.

The Harder They Come (1972)

Saw this one a couple of times before and wasn’t surprised my old man has it since he’s into a lot of roots reggae and loves the type of culture shown in the film.

This movie is one of the best Jamaican films ever made and is a classic that introduced Jimmy Cliff to the world. His songs from the movie are signature songs like the eponymous “The Harder They Come”, “Many Rivers to Cross” and “You Can Get it if You Really Want”.

Another musical highlight in the film is The Maytals performing “Sweet and Dandy”.

If you’ve never seen a Jamaican film before, start with this one which features Carl Bradshaw who you will recognize in a lot of other Jamaica films as well as a handful of Hollywood ones too.

Hudson Hawk (1992)

My girlfriend started watching this without me and decided that life was too short to waste time on such a crappy movie where the jokes were as dry as the inside of a hot oven.

I figured that maybe I might enjoy the film since I managed to catch the scene where Bruce Willis and Danny Aeillo sings a 5 minute song so they could keep time on a heist they wanted to keep at 5 minutes.

The movie turned out to be really stupid. The jokes were indeed dry and the story was very confusing and half the time I didn’t know what the hell was going on. The villains were more annoying than threatening.

I definitely see why this movie flopped and was critically panned. I thought I could have enjoyed it because I don’t usually listen to the critics but thumbs down on this one.

Dillinger (1973)

This is another movie that my girlfriend didn’t finish watching. I guess it’s a man’s movie.

I’ve always loved gangster films and mob films and this movie about the infamous depression-era bank robber John Dillinger and his gang is a cool movie. This was the second time I’m seeing it and I enjoyed it as much as the first time I saw it.

Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006)

I had no idea that there was a sequel to the surprisingly good 2001 action thriller Behind Enemy Lines. When I first watched the original, it was a bit slow to get into but picked up and held my attention right to the end.

Behind Enemy Lines II is a straight to video release, and you know how those things go. The only actor I recognized was Keith David (who I’ve just learned to distinguish from David Keith).

This movie is set around tensions with South Korea and while the action was ok, it just felt a bit generic for a sequel and is quite forgettable.

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