You guys really came out swinging. We're one day into the pre-sale, and we're already halfway through the first 500.

For anyone who has already ordered, I'll handle shipping the way I initially described. For anyone else buying one of the 500 pre-orders, I'll ship wherever you want, but we'll have to figure out those shipping costs in October once I have a finished book. That will be a separate charge we'll handle at that point.

The good news is this means I'm opening this up to anyone. If you're willing to pay the shipping, I'll send you a book. Or, if we're talking about the first 500 orders, I'll send you two books, one of which will never exist again after that printing.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Kids Deserve Better

That's the title. And here's where you can buy it.

During his time at Ain’t It Cool News, Drew McWeeny helped build the online entertainment news world, watching it grow from scrappy underdog sites to today’s crowded and competitive field full of sites of all sizes. For the last decade, his work at HitFix drove the daily conversation about movies even as he’s expanded the scope of his coverage to include Film Nerd 2.0, an ongoing series that looks at the way we share media with our children.

The conversation about media literacy has never been more important, and the Film Nerd 2.0 columns provide a snapshot of the way McWeeny and his two sons, Toshi and Allen, have shared media and used movies to talk about all sorts of difficult and important topics. This October, for the first time, you’ll be able to buy all of the original Film Nerd 2.0 columns in one trade paperback edition, and you’ll also get over 150 new pages of material, making this the definitive Film Nerd 2.0 collection.

The first physical book release from McWeeny’s Pulp & Popcorn Publishing will feature illustrations by Trevor Downs (who illustrated the earlier Film Nerd 2.0 book You’re Watching It Wrong: A Film Nerd 2.0 Guide To Star Wars, available now) and special guest appearances by filmmakers who will share ideas about movies and the lessons they impart.

While Film Nerd 2.0 is designed to be fun for movie fans, it’s also much more than that, and the book will look at the ways the dialogue established by the sharing of movies have benefitted McWeeny and his sons. There’s some difficult material here, as the book will cover the dissolution of McWeeny’s marriage and how films helped bridge that transition, as well as examining the way McWeeny has taught his kids to question media sources for veracity and intent. There is even material dealing with the way we can address media literacy in schools and at home.

Part memoir, part film criticism, and part cultural essay, Our Kids Deserve Better: The Film Nerd 2.0 Collection should delight long-time fans of the column while also speaking to a larger audience than ever before.

Our Kids Deserve Better will be available on Amazon and at McWeeny’s site,, on October 15, for $14.99. Pre-sales will be handled through McWeeny's site directly.

FOR THE FIRST 500 PEOPLE WHO PRE-ORDER THE BOOK, beginning April 20, 2017, you’ll not only get a special discounted price, but you’ll also get a book signed by McWeeny and both of his sons, as well as a special bonus stand-alone book, Toshi’s Top 20, which will only be printed 500 times. After that, there will be no more copies, and no future editions.

The only people who will be able to own Toshi’s Top 20 are the first 500 customers to respond to this offer.

Bad Moon A-Risin'

Is there a full moon tonight? Boy, I hope not, because if there is, I'm pretty sure two little werewolves are going to creep down the hall to eat me.

     After all, tonight was the night for them to finally see John Landis's amazing An American Werewolf in London. This is something they've been asking about for a while now, and I feel like Toshi turned a corner on being scared by a movie. He's finally got both feet in the water. Sure, nothing else, but two feet instead of one is enough for now.

     Allen asked for permission to leave if the film got to be too scary for him, and I was more than okay with that. I tried to steer him towards watching TV in the other room, but he was resolute. So after my girlfriend baked cookies and we all settled in on the couch in the TV room, I talked to the boys for a few minutes about Rick Baker. As much as the film is John Landis's An American Werewolf in London, the creature itself is Rick Baker's American werewolf.

    It is safe to say that it was a huge hit. I was the same age when I saw the film as Toshi is right now. Watching them watch this one tonight was fun (I may or may not have recorded it to send to our Patreon sponsors as a bonus podcast) and they had so much fun they forgot they were supposed to be scared.

     Also, that little dangly flesh thing hanging off Jack's ruined neck in his first encounter with David after he's been murdered? The boys couldn't get enough of it. "PLAY IT AGAIN!" as soon it's been paused. Every single pause, they make the same noise. "EWWWWWWWW!" Pause. "PLAY IT AGAIN!"

     In short, tonight was awesome.


I had it wrong.

This is not going to be where I reprint old articles. I'm going to put those together into one big book, broken into two volumes, and then once those are out, those will be the only place to get those columns. Done. Moving on. Uproxx won't have them any more.

Instead, I'll start posting smaller observational Film Nerd 2.0 stuff here for free. Not everything I do has to go behind a paywall, and putting up old stuff just leads to confusion. There was a guy who read the Batman piece, which was from when Toshi was four, and thought it was new and seemed baffled why I had a problem with him seeing Batman Forever.

There will be a lot of cool fun stuff coming up this year. I'm even giving Toshi...

... wait for it...

... his own column. You are not ready.


You're Watching It Wrong: The Film Nerd 2.0 Guide To Star Wars

YOU'RE WATCHING IT WRONG is the first collection of original columns from Film Nerd 2.0, an ongoing project by Drew McWeeny. Sharing media with our kids is one of the most important ways we share ideas and values with them, and STAR WARS is one of the most famous pieces of pop culture. Now you'll see how you can use these films to discuss everything with your kids, and you'll learn that there's an order to watch the films that is different than George Lucas originally intended. With new material and illustrations by Trevor Downs, this is perfect for fans of Film Nerd 2.0, STAR WARS, and great film criticism.

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Welcome back to Film Nerd 2.0

This column originally appeared on HitFix.

When HitFix was sold to Uproxx, the rights to Film Nerd 2.0 reverted entirely to me. So the first thing I'm going to do is reprint the original columns here, since the horrifying, strangled interface of Uproxx has swallowed most of my work permanently.

I'll also have new columns, some here, and some in Pulp & Popcorn.

For now, though, I want the original stuff back in print.