Howdy there, pilgrim! Welcome to The Dan Cave. I heard what you were listening to earlier, and I have to say you have great taste in music.
On today’s episode, we’re saddling up for a trip to the Wild West. Don’t bust out the ten gallon hats and bandito mustaches just yet though — I’m talking about westerns, one of the most uniquely American film genres. Beginning with Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery, the western has captured the imaginations of filmgoers across the world with portraits of lone horsemen, hard men, strong women, and high stakes gunplay set against the backdrop of the American West. But with so many fantastic films out there, where is the casual viewer to begin? Relax, partner — I’ve got you covered like a sneer on Clint Eastwood’s lip. Today on The Dan Cave, I’m rounding up 5 westerns you absolutely need to see before you die. So sit back, kick off your boots, and sidle up to the monitor because this chair ain’t big enough for the two of us. Seriously, get your own chair.
But wait, there’s more! While westerns may be a rare sight at the box office these days, you can take one home on October 7 when Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West comes to Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate its release, I’m giving away what every outlaw wants most: two (2) passes to New York Comic Con! Airfare isn’t included, so you’ll have to hitch up your Conestoga wagon and make your own way to New York, but self-reliance is one of the biggest tents of westerns, so it’s keeping with the theme. In order to be entered to win, click here to share the post automatically on Twitter or craft a tweet of your very own using #TheDanCave. Be sure to enter by 11:59PM on Sunday, October 5 because come midnight on Monday morning, this contest is riding off into the sunset.
Whether you win the pair of passes I’m giving away or if you’re already heading to NYCC, be sure to visit the A Million Ways to Die in the West booth and take an old timey Western photograph! If you post your picture to your favorite social media outlet (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) along with #NYCCMillionWays, you can make out like a bandit and win one million pennies ($10,000)! Think of all the crushed pennies you can make in museum lobbies!
Want even more The Dan Cave? Check out last week’s episode where I examine whether Gotham is the Batman show we deserve.
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