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Drew McWeeny (born May 26, 1970[1]), also known by his pseudonym Moriarty, is a film critic, screenwriter, and the former west coast editor of the Ain't It Cool News website. In a December 2008 review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, McWeeny announced that he would be leaving Ain't It Cool News to work for[2]

Drew McWeeny
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Drew McWeeny at the 2015 WonderCon
Born (1970-05-26) May 26, 1970 (age 48)
Other namesMoriarty
Alma materFlorida State University
OccupationFilm critic, screenwriter, editor

He attended but did not graduate from, Florida State University, instead choosing to focus on a career in entertainment in Los Angeles. He has two sons, Toshiro Lucas McWeeny, born in 2005 and Allen Miles McWeeny, born in 2008. He includes his sons in his work on the Motion/Captured blog under the subheading Film Nerd 2.0, chronicling how he introduces them to notable cinema works and individuals.

McWeeny, along with partner Scott Swan, has since become a working television writer, writing two episodes in the Masters of Horror series, both directed by John Carpenter. The pair also co-wrote the episode "Skin and Bones" for the NBC horror/suspense anthology television series Fear Itself. In May 2008 it was announced that Bat Out of Hell, a motion picture written by McWeeny and Swan, would be directed by Joe Dante. He also continues to work as a film critic, though he has been banned from Twentieth Century Fox press screenings.[3]

McWeeny is also a regular competitor on Collider's Movie Trivia Schmoedown and on May 15, 2018, he (along with teammate actor Samm Levine) were crowned the tag team champions after famously beating the ultimate tag team champion's known as "The Patriots".


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Cigarette Burns co-writer episode of Masters of Horror
2006 Prolife co-writer episode of Masters of Horror
2008 Skin and Bones co-writer episode of Fear Itself (TV series)
2013 Rewind This! himself documentary
2013 Jodorowsky's Dune himself documentary


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