On this week’s Ankler On the Air, we are joined for a special conversation with the original film blogger/critic and thorn in the side of many a studio, Drew McWeeny. We take a look together at his long career covering Big Hollywood movies as they progressed towards the superhero age. We look back on his career at aintitcoolnews, the original film blog, where under the moniker Moriarty, he was the bane of traditional studio PR for much of the 90’s, and how he grew out of that into a traditional film critic and man of the cinema, even as the studio machinery adapted itself to the age of the fanboys and co-opted much of what they did. Including – extra bonus – the original tale of The Ankler, and Stan Lee memories. Sponsored by Away Travel.

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  1. Dorrk Member

    Neat. I’ll have to listen to this. I’m a big fan of McWeeney’s podcast The ‘80s All Over.

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    • November 15, 2018, at 5:05 PM PST
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  2. Dorrk Member

    Great conversation; you have a new subscriber!

    I have a lot of admiration for guys like McWeeny, who were able to seize a niche within the new media when no one knew what it was or where it was headed. Even if it was mostly luck, it took a bold openness to opportunity. I wish I had had the foresight to do the same during the early 1990s. I had similar impulses, and even semi-plans, and then balked.

    I also had a close friend who rode the wave of Ain’t It Cool at its peak. He wrote brilliant reviews under an attention-getting pseudonym and it got him some neat gigs under his real name. I had limited attention for that site, though: like McWeeny, I don’t get jazzed about industry speculation or digging into the nuances of big studio blockbusters, and I counterintuitively have limited interest in the minutiae of geek culture.

    I’d much rather find interesting and often weird or uniquely emotionally engaging personal movies and talk about our reactions to them. I love the part of ’80s All Over where McWeeny finds something obscure that really gets to him. That’s the special part of watching movies, to me: the discovery.

     

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    • November 17, 2018, at 12:15 PM PST
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