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Why New Year’s isn’t good for watching movies

Maybe this year will be different.

One of the best parts of the holidays is watching movies. There are loads of Christmas movies and Halloween means a whole month of horror for many. While there are plenty of movies about New Year’s – and even more that take place during the holiday but are not about it – the first day of the year does not elicit that same movie watching feeling.

The question is why? New Year’s plays a huge part of classics such as When Harry Met Sally. There are movies for horror buffs like New Year’s Evil. There is even an ensemble film literally called New Year’s Eve. The material is there for a movie marathon to ring in the new year. And watching movies while counting down go hand in glove. Yet, it is not something you hear about.

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So if the quality and the quantity are there, why aren’t there more lists about movies to prepare for the new year? There certainly is not other stuff to watch. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve is only relevant for the few minutes before midnight needed to open a bottle of champagne and the countdown itself. It is fine to have on in the background while you text people you are not actually hanging out with but otherwise, that’s it.

Most people spend New Year’s Eve out (excluding this year, of course), but the same can be said for the other movie watching holidays. Halloween is one of the biggest party nights of the year while Thanksgiving and Christmas are spent with the family. This does not prevent people from watching their traditional movies. There are even channels that show the same movie all day.

Why New Year's isn't good for watching movies

It may well be that by the end of the year, people are all movie’ed out. Some have been watching their annual favorites since October, after all. Once you get in all the various Charlie Brown specials, different versions of The Grinch, and squeeze in a bunch of horror movies what is there left to do? At this point, watching movies becomes more of a chore than actual entertainment.

Ultimately, this may answer why watching movies is not that big of a deal for New Year’s. Most people are pretty selective when it comes to their movie viewing. They will watch the major blockbusters, some holiday fare, and the random flick that catches their fancy. There simply is not the desire to add another one. Unless someone makes it their resolution.

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