With a New Year Comes a New Challenge . . .

Merry Christmas Eve, people. (And to those who don’t celebrate — Merry Monday! Mondays, by nature, are not typically merry, but I enjoy my alliteration.) I’m afraid I have nothing holiday-related to bring to you today — instead, I look forward to the future! (Er, the incredibly near future of 2013, that is.)

With a new year comes a new challenge and a new genre of movies to watch. This year I will be moving away from my beloved horror movies to watch something else entirely . . . westerns.

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If only, my loves. If only.

As a kid, westerns bored the shit out of me, and as an adult . . . well, they still sometimes do. But there are a lot of conventions and tropes in the genre that intrigue me, and I have a special place in my heart for modern cowboys and weird westerns. (Some westerns I have liked, weird, modern, or neither: Unforgiven, Firefly, Blazing Saddles, True Grit (2010), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), and Maverick. Also, I enjoyed the hell out of Territory by Emma Bull, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and I’ve been wanting to read Dead in the West by Joe R. Lansdale since I read his short story in the same ‘verse, “Deadman’s Road”. Oh, and I watched some Adventures of Brisco County Jr. as a kid. And Justified is one of my very favorite televisions shows ever — so, yeah. I have some love for the genre, even if I’m not a giant John Wayne fan.)

am making a considerably shorter list this year, though. If I couldn’t make myself review 24 horror movies, then it’s certainly not going to happen with westerns. (My own theory regarding my failure, by the way, is that I’m just contrary and lose interest in things once I’ve assigned myself to do them. Or I just taking procrastination to new levels.)

As for the movies that I’ve picked?

The Westerns I WILL Watch, Dammit

  1. High Noon
  2. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  3. Once Upon a Time in the West
  4. A Fistful of Dollars
  5. The Wild Bunch
  6. The Good, the Bad, and the Weird
  7. The Searchers
  8. McCabe and Mrs. Miller
  9. The Proposition
  10. Django
  11. Tombstone
  12. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

I have an incredibly cheap cowboy hat with skulls on it that I bought for a few bucks at Party America. Maybe I should wear that during showings — it might help get me in the mood.