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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

Zaki's Review: Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Click here to read my 2011 review of Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol

After 19 years and five films, you have to give it up to the Mission: Impossible movies. Sure, I may have gotten off to a bit of a rocky start with the first two big screen...

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INTERVIEW: Screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher on Mr. Holmes

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 1:50 PM

Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been played by more actors than any fictional character in history. And director Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, currently in theaters, adds a new chapter to that storied legacy by casting Sir Ian McKellen (re-teaming with his Gods and Monsters director) as the legendary sleuth during...

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Zaki's Review: Pixels

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:26 PM

I realized as I set down to write this review that Pixels is one of those flicks that's pretty much impervious to any kind of critical analysis. Director Chris Columbus's ode to the bygone arcade culture of 1980s -- when Donkey Kong was king -- isn't egregiously offensive, but it's also not...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Pixels, Mr. Holmes, and Ant-Man!

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 12:01 PM

It's the big 75th episode of the MovieFilm Podcast! We start off this week's show by discussing new release Pixels, directed by
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INTERVIEW: Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, and the Trainwreck Comedy Tour

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Every since her hit sketch series Inside Amy Schumer premiered on Comedy Central two years ago, Amy Schumer has quickly ascended to the top of the cultural conversation thanks to boundary-pushing, always-hilarious meditations on modern life. Now the comedian is making her leading lady debut in the feature film Trainwreck (in...

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Zaki's Review: Ant-Man

(23) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 2:41 PM

At the start of May, Marvel Studios' much-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters, and for the first time I started feeling what can be called "superhero fatigue." I liked the movie well enough, mind you. But somewhere in the middle of that interminable third act, right around...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Back to the Future, Trainwreck, and Comic-Con!

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 11:58 AM

The MovieFilm gang starts out this week's show by welcoming celebrated author and pop culture historian Caseen Gaines to help celebrate thirty years of Back to the Future, and talk up his new
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INTERVIEW: Dana Nachman, Patricia Wilson and Mike Jutan on Batkid Begins

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2015 | 1:43 PM

In 2013, the family of a little boy named Miles, suffering from cancer, made a request to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He wanted to be Batman. From that simple hope of a sick child, an entire social movement was born: Batkid had begun. With the entire city of San Francisco heeding...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Taking Aim at Terminator Genisys

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 11:51 AM

Prepare to be terminated! For this week's super-sized show, the MovieFilm gang is joined by Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh, hosts of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast for a fun and free-flowing conversation that covers...
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Zaki's Review: Terminator Genisys

(19) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 2:13 PM

In 1984's The Terminator, director James Cameron's masterpiece of high tension and big ideas, there's a moment when Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), soldier from 2029 come back to present day Los Angeles, is trying to explain the threat presented by the title character, a cyborg assassin from his own time,...

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Remembering James Horner

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:45 PM

In what I can only call a remarkable, unfortunate coincidence, as I was driving into class yesterday afternoon, I was listening to an old episode of the MovieFilm Podcast wherein Brian and I discussed the then-recent passing of Robin Williams. During the course of that conversation, I mentioned my...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Welcome to Jurassic World!

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 11:37 AM

On the heels of Jurassic World's record-breaking opening weekend (read my review here), the MovieFilm crew are joined by special guest Sean Coyle, director of Hulu's The Awesomes, for a discussion on the long-in-coming...
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Zaki's Review: Jurassic World

(28) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Click here to read my retro reviews of the Jurassic Park trilogy.

I'll admit it, I have a soft spot for the Jurassic Park series. While the 1993 original is rightly revered not only for the special-effects revolution it helped usher in but also for just being a darn...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Tomorrowland and San Andreas

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:13 PM

With summer movie season in full swing, the MovieFilm guys have lots to say about Tomorrowland (read my review here) and San Andreas (read my review here), two high-expectations releases that garnered very...
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Zaki's Review: 'San Andreas'

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 1:29 PM

In my review of Godzilla last year, I noted how my current hometown of San Francisco gets pretty thoroughly clobbered during the course of that movie's hot monster-on-monster action. Well, here we are one summer later, and once again the poor Bay Area falls victim to the mega-destructo demands...

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Zaki's Review: Tomorrowland

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:12 AM

It's hard to fault the optimistic underpinnings of director Brad Bird's new Disney opus Tomorrowland. Taking inspiration from the same brand of utopian philosophy that Uncle Walt himself espoused during his lifetime (and which he imbued the theme park ride of the same name with), the film is predicated on...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: On Fury Road With Mad Max!

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:17 PM

The MovieFilm gang hits the road! Fury Road, that is. You already know how I felt about it, but for our big 70th show, Brian and I are joined by Paul...
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Zaki's Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

(31) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 3:42 AM

I was first exposed to director George Miller's Mad Max series in 1987 when, at age seven, I watched the trilogy capper Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome during its premium cable run. I didn't understand much of it at the time, but I loved it all the same. It wasn't...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Disassembling Avengers: Age of Ultron

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 3:28 PM

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the number one film in the world, and the MovieFilm gang is here to offer our thoughts on the long-awaited, much-anticipated superhero sequel from Marvel Studios (read my review...

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Zaki's Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 8:24 AM

Marvel Studios has a villain problem.

That's not a new observation, mind you. There have been rumblings and grumblings about it for awhile now (including here), that while the various colorful heroes who are front-and-center for these comic book spectacles are spot-on both in terms of how they're depicted...

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