Back to normal, plus the weird, wild West.

Hey there, partner.

It’s been a while!

I planned to take a week-long break from writing Weekend Again? after my graduation from undergrad in late May, and, as you can probably tell, I extended that break pretty significantly. I’m very sorry if you missed this weekly dispatch of things to enjoy, but I’m here to say that this newsletter is back. I probably won’t write every single week and I might not publish on Saturday mornings, but I will write. Pinky swear.

In the interim, you can always see what I’m watching on Letterboxd and what I’m reading on Goodreads if you follow me. I usually also post about things that are on my mind on Twitter, as well. Or, if you want a ~personal recommendation~ (give me a genre or a vibe you’re looking for!), feel free to DM me on Twitter or email me.

I assume you’re not here for my self-promo, so let’s just jump into this week’s quick picks. The theme is, very loosely, weird Westerns — movies (and one book rec!) that blend Westerns with other genres. I’ve been getting into Westerns over the past year or so and have found that hybrids, like these, are usually fun ways to dip your toes in the water.

Blazing Saddles: So funny. Inimitable. Incredible. One of my all-time favorites.

Slow West: Really, it’s kind of a surreal romance movie with other stuff thrown in. Dreamy, gritty, delightful.

Brimstone: Psychological thriller, but make it Western. Note: watch sober.

True History of the Kelly Gang: Unreliable narrator biopic/thriller/drama/arthouse? Unclear. But good and worth a watch.

Back to the Future Part 3: Sometimes I forget that this movie exists, and then I remember that the name that Marty decided to give himself was Clint Eastwood.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Anthology-style. Super morbid. Also super long, if you’re into that. (I was.)

Cowboys & Aliens: Genuinely can’t believe a studio green-lit this. Sci-fi/action mix.

Django Unchained: Thriller/drama, maybe? Definitely heavy on the gore.

The Dark Tower: This is pretty not-good, but Idris Elba vs. Matthew McConaughey in a sci-fi-ish movie is kind of worth it? (Probably not.)

Rango: Animated kids’ movie. Funky.

Westworld, Season 1: Sci-fi/psychological thriller/drama. You know it counts, don’t argue with me.

Inland by Téa Obreht: Spooky. I read roughly 3/4 of this book in one sitting and felt like I was being haunted, so I stopped and finished it later. The haunting thing doesn’t really go away.

That’s all for this week. As always, friends, stay safe, healthy and sane.