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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

Diffused Congruence Podcast: Comedian Azhar Usman Gets Serious

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 2:15 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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Zaki's Review: American Sniper

(18) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:39 PM

In the days leading up to and out of the release of director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, there's been a lot of conversation -- some hagiographic, some just plain graphic -- about Chris Kyle, the titular sniper upon whose autobiography the film is based. I haven't read the book, so...

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Zaki's Review: Blackhat

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 2:06 AM

In 2006, I passionately defended Michael Mann's much-derided Miami Vice feature film. Yes, it was often laborious. Yes, it was pretty much a mess. But hey, at least it was an ambitious mess. In 2009, I stood up for his old-timey gangster pic Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp and...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Our Fave Flicks of 2014!

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:07 PM

The MovieFilm crew welcomes in 2015 by taking a fond look back at our favorites from the year just ended. With eclectic lists that run the gamut of styles and genres from Boyhood to...
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Zaki's Review: Selma

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Early last week, a video crossed my Facebook feed of a young-ish African-American male beating up an elderly gentleman. The discomfiting vid was posted by someone claiming the aggressor was Michael Brown, the black teen who died in a police altercation last fall under circumstances that are, at best, opaque,...

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Thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo Attack

(4) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 3:09 PM

Being a part of this world means living with things you disagree with. The way to combat bad ideas is with better ideas. These are the twin thoughts swirling in my head as I've struggled to take in the totality of the terrible news of this morning's attack in...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Interrogating The Interview

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Between last episode and this one, The Interview went from a planned wide release to a cancelled release to a limited release to an online release. Phew! We attempt to sort through the whirlpool...
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Zaki's Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 2:27 AM

You may remember me from around this same time last year, fresh from seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the...
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Diffused Congruence Podcast: The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi on His New Book

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 4:50 PM

This month we're pleased to be joined by actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi as he talks about his journey as a working actor to becoming The Daily Show's "Senior...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Star Wars Trailer Awakens!

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 12:25 PM

It's been a week-and-a-half since the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the web, racking up a record 100 million global views in the process, and while...
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Diffused Congruence Podcast: Serial's Rabia Chaudry

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 12:00 PM

Since its launch last October, the Serial podcast has taken the country by storm.

Reporter Sarah Koenig's gripping investigation into the 1999 murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed for the killing -- a...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Dumb and Dumber To and Hunger Games

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 1:28 PM

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we're thankful to bring you episode 59 of the MovieFilm Podcast! Brian starts things off by discussing a...
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Interview: Mikaela Hoover Talks Guardians of the Galaxy and More!

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 3:01 AM

In the few short years she's been on the Hollywood scene, Washington native Mikaela Hoover has racked up an impressive array of appearances in such high profile fare as How I Met Your Mother, Anger Management, Two and a Half Men, and more, but it's safe bet that her biggest...

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INTERVIEW: Jon Stewart & Maziar Bahari on Rosewater

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 3:14 AM

For fifteen years, Jon Stewart has been "America's Most Trusted Newsman" as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, even as he'd be the first to tell you he's not an actual newsman. When it came time to branch out from his Daily Show desk two summers ago Stewart instead...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Interstellar and Big Hero 6 + Jon Stewart on Rosewater

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 3:10 PM

After a weeklong break, the boys are back, and with plenty to discuss! First up, Brian shares his thoughts on seeing Steven Spielberg's 1941 for the...
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Batman: The Complete TV Series: The Continuing Case for Camp

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 3:50 PM

With Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy receding into our collective rearview mirrors, having redefined just how "grounded" a cinematic superhero can be, and Ben Affleck's at Bat still more than a year out, today's long-anticipated release of the 1966 Batman TV series on...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Avengers 2 Trailer Is Here!

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 2:57 PM

For this week's show, we start things out by discussing HBO new a la carte online plans, as well as the new Simpsons World app that offers every episode from that show's...
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INTERVIEW: Co-Creator Mike Shoemaker on Hulu's The Awesomes

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Hulu's The Awesomes just wrapped its second season, but as co-creator Mike Shoemaker explains, there's still plenty of super-comedic action on the way for the animated offering, which features voice work by comedy greats such as Seth Myers (also co-creator of the show), Bill Hader, Kenan Thompson, and many more....

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INTERVIEW: Director David Dobkin on The Judge

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Thanks to such films as Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus, David Dobkin has earned a reputation as being primarily a comedy director, but as he revealed in our chat discussing his new project The Judge, in theaters now, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, his interests as a filmmaker...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Gone Girl, Star Wars Rebels, and David Dobkin on The Judge

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 3:25 PM

In this week's show, the guys make plans to leave Gotham, discuss whether Robert Downey Jr. will/should make another Iron Man movie, and the news that Paul Feig has signed on to direct an...
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