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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. 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 is a contributing editor at 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

Time Warping With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Director Matt Reeves!

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:02 PM

I went through a bit of a personal time warp when I met with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves shortly after the global premiere of the Fox release. When I sat down with the gregarious and chatty Reeves, who previously made his mark by creating...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: All In on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 3:31 PM

This week on the MovieFilm Podcast we have not one, but TWO interviews with the filmmakers of the number one movie in the country, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (read my review...
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Zaki's Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

(11) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:41 PM

I referred to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Fox's 2011 reboot of their venerable Apes franchise, as "an end of the world movie that makes you forget that it's an end of the world movie." Well, the end of the world is very much front-and-center when it comes...

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Planet of the Apes (1968)

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:19 AM

It's an off-week for the MovieFilm Podcast, but Brian Hall and I are here to inaugurate a brand-new feature for the show: the MovieFilm Commentary Track! Yes, due to popular demand, at periodic intervals,...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: Talking Transformers: Age of Extinction!

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:10 PM

It's time for Transformers talk! For the big 50th episode of the MovieFilm show, Brian and I reminisce about the long strange journey the show has taken since its inception, before diving...
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Zaki's Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:33 PM

The last time we visited with Paramount/Hasbro's blockbuster Transformers feature franchise (based on the immortal action figure line, natch), Chicago was burning, Shia LeBouf was screaming, and Zaki Hasan was (briefly) sleeping. Thus, when it came time to take in the series' fourth installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, yet...

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INTERVIEW: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda on Jersey Boys

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:51 AM

For his new film Jersey Boys, legendary director Clint Eastwood translates the blockbuster jukebox musical about the rise and fall (and rise) of singer Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from the stage (where it's been a global phenomenon since its debut in 2006) to the big screen. When it...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: 22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and a Chat With the Cast of Jersey Boys!

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:05 PM

We start the show this week with my sit-down chat with John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, and Michael Lomenda, the cast of Clint Eastwood's new film Jersey Boys. Then, it's a rip-roaring ride as Brian...
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Zaki's Review: 22 Jump Street

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 9:18 AM

As a general rule, I'm not a fan of comedy sequels. Far too often, they content themselves with banging out the same jokes as prior entries, lazily relying on simple familiarity being enough to elicit a chuckle from audiences rather than actually doing the work of earning those laughs. That's...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: X-Men, A Million Ways to Die, and Maleficent

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:29 PM

For this week's episode, Brian and I start things off with my exclusive interview with director Gillian Robespierre about her endearing new romantic-comedy Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate. We then transition to the...
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Zaki's Review: Maleficent

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:02 PM

I feel like I need to preface this review by coming clean that I've never seen Disney's Sleeping Beauty. I was meaning to, mind you. I'd hoped to quickly get a viewing in before last week, but the window on that one closed rapidly, so I was admittedly missing some...

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Zaki's Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:49 AM

I laughed exactly twice during A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Once was in the middle, once was near the end. It was only after the fact I learned that one of those laughs, a "Hey, didn't see that coming!" moment, has actually been spoiled by Universal via...

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Zaki's Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 9:34 AM

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the seventh entry in Fox's long-running movie series, which returning director Bryan Singer first ushered in with 2000's X-Men. It's also the best.

Serving as both a coda to the original trilogy of X-Men films (the first two of which Singer helmed) and a...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Talking Godzilla! Plus Jon Favreau on Chef

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:08 PM

We start this week's show off with my interview with Chef writer/director/star Jon Favreau, who talks not only about his new film but also shares his thoughts on the current state of the Marvel...
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Diffused Congruence Podcast: Professor Zareena Grewal on Islam is a Foreign Country

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM

This month, the Diffused Congruence team speaks with Professor Zareena Grewal about her new book, Islam is a Foreign Country, and...
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Zaki's Review: Godzilla (2014)

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Legendary Pictures' big-budget reboot Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards and released by Warner Bros., arrives amidst a barrage of pre-release buzz that can't help but call to mind the previous attempt by a Hollywood studio to translate this quintessentially Japanese of celluloid icons to the American cinematic vernacular. That film,...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kicks Off Summer!

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Summer movie season is here, our favorite time of the year! For this week's show, we fly Sean-less, but Brian and I still have lots to chat about, including Jon Favreau's return to his...
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Zaki's Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Read my 2012 review of The Amazing Spider-Man here

In 2012, after a creative roadblock halted development on a planned Spider-Man 4 that would have re-teamed director Sam Raimi with star Tobey Maguire, and with the loss of the whole franchise to Disney a very real possibility, Spider-Man...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Star Wars, Transcendence, and John Turturro on Fading Gigolo

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 10:17 AM

"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." Well, more precisely, it was 15 years ago next month that Star Wars: The Phantom...
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Zaki's Review: Transcendence

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 3:00 AM

Marking the directorial debut of premier cinematographer Wally Pfister, Transcendence is so desperate to capture the ineffable mojo that exec producer Christopher Nolan brings to his films (and for whom Pfister has been a go-to collaborator for several projects now) that it might as well have been...

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