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Zaki Hasan
Born and raised in Chicago -- with a decade-long detour in Saudi Arabia -- before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zaki Hasan is a professor of communication and media studies, and co-founder of Mr. Boy Productions, an LA-based independent film and video company. A lifelong pop culture buff, Zaki has been a media scholar and critic for more than fifteen years and is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. He is co-host of the MovieFilm Podcast, co-author of Quirk Books' Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, and his work has been featured in Q-NewsIllume, and The Huffington Post.  In addition, he has appeared as a panelist on Al Jazeera America's The Stream and HuffPost Live. Since 2004, his blog Zaki's Corner has been his one-stop forum for musings on news, media, politics, and pop culture. He was included in 2010's Top 35 Political Blogs by, and has been nominated for "Best Blog" and "Best Writer" in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the Brass Crescent Awards, receiving an Honorable Mention for "Best Blog" in 2011.

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Entries by Zaki Hasan

The MovieFilm Podcast: Trailer-palooza! Star Wars, Batman v. Superman + More!

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:37 PM

The Fandom Awakens! For this week's show, we're joined by a special guest, award-winning documentary filmmaker Ray Nowosielski, and we go through the big batch of trailers that dropped in the last few days,...
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INTERVIEW: Director Alex Garland on Ex Machina

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 2:26 AM

Alex Garland's haunting and thought-provoking science-fiction film Ex Machina hits theaters today, and it excels at the kind of "small scale, big ideas" cinema that we get far too little of these days. Starring Oscar Isaac as an eccentric billionaire genius who invents a human-like artificial intelligence called Ava (Alicia...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Fast Talk About Furious 7

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 2:15 PM

For this week's show we unpack the number one movie in the country, Furious 7! In addition listen to Zaki's interview with writer-director Alex Garland about his cerebral sci-fi...
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Diffused Congruence Podcast: Marvel Comics Editor Sana Amanat

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 12:49 PM

For this month's show, we're joined by Marvel Comics' Sana Amanat. In addition to overseeing multiple fan favorite titles, Sana is also director of content and character development for the comic book giant, helping...
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Zaki's Review: Furious 7

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 12:42 PM

With the tragic and unexpected death of star Paul Walker in late 2013, the Fast & Furious franchise was hit with a nearly insurmountable challenge heading into its seventh lap. Production on the latest installment was only partially completed at the time of his passing, and the filmmakers had...

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:39 AM

It's time once again for a MovieFilm CommentaryTrack! For this go-round, Brian and I chat up our thoughts and drop copious amounts of useless trivia as we watch one of our favorite films of...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Chappie, Run All Night, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:29 AM

It's a catch-all episode of the MovieFilm Podcast as Brian and Zaki await the arrival of the much-anticipated Furious 7, which kicks off the summer movie season in a few...
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Diffused Congruence Podcast: Imam Zaid Shakir of Zaytuna College

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 11:58 AM

We're very excited to be joined by renowned scholar Imam Zaid Shakir for this month's episode. As a founding member of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Islamic college in...
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Zaki's Review: Chappie

(25) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 6:27 AM

Director Neill Blomkamp's Elysium was one of my favorite films of 2013. "This is the good stuff," I said of the director's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated District 9, and I meant it. Well, while the year is young, it's looking like his follow-up film, Chappie, may earn itself the...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Focus, the Oscars and Leonard Nimoy

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 9:57 AM

We're very excited to be joined by special guest Sabir Pirzada, staff writer on the CBS series Person of Interest, for this episode, and there's a lot to cover!...
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Remembering Leonard Nimoy

(8) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 9:49 AM

I knew it was coming.

I'd steeled myself for grim news when I read earlier in the week that he'd been admitted to a hospital due to chest pains, but that didn't make it any less of a gut punch to actually see the headline that Leonard Nimoy, 83,...

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Diffused Congruence Podcast: Al Jazeera's Wajahat Ali on Islamophobia and Muslim Narratives

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 11:04 AM

This month we're joined by award-winning playwright, journalist, and humorist Wajahat Ali for a far-ranging conversation that starts with a lengthy discussion about the recent tragic shooting of three Muslim college...
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Zaki's Review: McFarland, USA

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:00 AM

When I reviewed Ivan Reitman's behind-the-scenes football drama Draft Day last year, I made the observation that pairing star Kevin Costner with any given athletic competition tends to pay crowd-pleasing dividends. And now here comes McFarland, USA to help me double down on the point. The true-life tale, directed...

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Zaki's Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 7:20 PM

It honestly feels like just a few weeks ago that I was sitting in a theater watching xXx (the movie, not the genre). Positioned as kind of an extreme sports response to the long-lived James Bond series, the 2002 Vin Diesel starrer (which I've often referred to as "Poochie:...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Spider-Man, Jupiter Ascending and Kingsman

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 10:42 AM

The MovieFilm gang is back, and just in time to tackle last week's big news that Sony and Disney have come to an agreement to share Spider-Man. It's a deal that few thought...
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Zaki's Review: Jupiter Ascending

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 7:15 AM

Just over 16 years ago, I sat in a packed screening room on opening night for The Matrix, not knowing a thing about it beyond Laurence Fishburne's portentous intonation/command from the trailers that if you wanted to find out what it was, "You have to see it for yourself." And...

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Interview: Director Kevin Macdonald on Black Sea

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Kevin Macdonald directed one of my absolute favorite movies of the last ten years, the twisty political thriller State of Play. As such, I was especially excited when I had opportunity to chat with the director about his latest project, Black Sea (now in theaters). The film stars Jude...

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Zaki's Review: Black or White

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:21 AM

Here's what I said about Kevin Costner when I reviewed his low-key actioner 3 Days to Kill just over a year ago:

Getting older has been good for Kevin Costner. As the one-time Robin Hood's face has grown more creased and weathered with the passage of...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: American Sniper + Director Kevin Macdonald on Black Sea

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:47 AM

For this week's show, we start things off by diving into the number one movie in the country, the Clint Eastwood docudrama American Sniper. In addition to marveling at the war pic's record-shattering...

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Diffused Congruence Podcast: Comedian Azhar Usman Gets Serious

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 1:15 PM

For the first episode of 2015, we're joined by stand-up comedian Azhar Usman -- "America's Funniest Muslim" -- for a wide-ranging, free-form conversation that's as incisive and introspective as it is hilarious. Azhar...
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