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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: Deadpool

(6) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 2:07 AM

When you think about it, it's a bit of a minor miracle that a movie like Deadpool even exists. The Tim Miller-directed comic book adaptation stars Ryan Reynolds as Marvel Comics' "Merc with a Mouth," a red-suited rogue created by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza who's built a fan...

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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Rambo Creator David Morrell Draws First Blood

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 3:42 AM

For this week's Nostalgia Theater Podcast I discuss the Rambo phenomenon with author David Morrell, whose 1972 novel First Blood is where it all began. Despite its reputation for ultra-violence, the Rambo series, starring...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: The X-Files, The Finest Hours, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:32 PM

It might be the dog days of January and February at movie theaters, but that doesn't mean the MovieFilm gang doesn't have plenty to talk about! First up, the '90s are alive and well...
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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Tim Dunigan Remembers Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 3:00 AM

Our journey through pop culture's past continues here on the Nostalgia Theater Podcast! For our second episode, I'm joined by none other than Tim Dunigan, better known to children of the...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: Ride Along 2, 13 Hours, and the Suicide Squad Trailer!

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 10:51 AM

For this week's show we're joined once again by our old friend (and editor-in-chief) Paul Shirey, for a fun and free-ranging conversation on all the latest out of Hollywood. First up, we offer...

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Zaki's Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

(33) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 2:05 AM

Two days ago, I showed my Public Speaking class a video of Michael Bay attempting to deliver a speech at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show before a teleprompter fumble forced the director of Bad Boys and Armageddon to abandon the stage. Now, just to be clear, the point of...

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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Talking G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero With Buzz Dixon

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 6:55 PM

Welcome to the first episode of the all-new Nostalgia Theater Podcast! As longtime readers of my site know, I've run a feature by that same name at my blog for many years now,...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: Our Fave Flicks of 2015!

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 10:46 AM

Happy new year! It's a super-sized episode of the show as Brian and I take a look back at our top ten favorite flicks from the year just passed. With varied lists that include...
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The Cinema Year That Was: Zaki's Flick Picks 2015

(29) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 12:03 PM

It's been a great year for movies, with a diverse assortment of high-profile and smaller scale films, true stories and big surprises, all emerging as some of my favorites for this year. Here's a countdown of my top ten for 2015:

(Click the links to read my full-length reviews/features)


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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Episode!

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 11:00 AM

The Force has awakened! With this weekend's release of Star Wars: Episode VII already leaving several box office records in its wake, Disney's $4 billion relaunch of the legendary franchise is off to an auspicious start (click here to read my non-spoiler review). For this final MovieFilm show of...

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Zaki's Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(21) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:01 AM

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh Star Wars installment (though "Episode VII" has been curiously absent from the marketing), the first to be released by the franchise's new minders at Disney, and the first to follow on from the events of the beloved original...

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INTERVIEW: Director Adam McKay on The Big Short

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 1:31 PM

The Big Short is one of the best movies of the year. The screen adaptation of Michael Lewis' "capitalism run amuck" best-seller defies easy genre categorization as it bounces between comedy and tragedy, but its depiction of the 2007-2008 financial crisis that threatened to torpedo the entire world's economy...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Championing Creed + Jay Roach on Trumbo

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 12:03 PM

Yo! The critically-acclaimed Creed is punching up the nation's box office as we speak, and we go the distance this week to talk up director Ryan Coogler's emotional and...
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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:30 AM

Check out our snazzy Star Wars crawl!

It's episode 4 of the MovieFilm Commentary Track, and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, we're watching a movie we're especially thankful for: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (or, as old fogies like us call it,...

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Zaki's Review: Creed

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 2:55 AM

Click here to read my retro reviews of the entire Rocky series

Director Ryan Coogler's Creed functions as both a sequel to the long-running Rocky series (which marks its fourth decade next year) and the start of its very own franchise. I suspect that the manner in which it's...

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Zaki's Review: Spotlight

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 2:08 PM

In our current age of clickbait articles and nonsensical "listicles" passing for news, it feels like the role of traditional journalism is being called into question more and more. As such, it's reassuring to get a movie like Spotlight to help reset our collective compasses. Director Tom McCarthy's riveting dramatization of...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Spectre and the James Bond Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 8:58 AM

After three long years, Bond, James Bond is back! Last Friday marked the release of Spectre, the twenty-fourth film in the immortal spy movies, and we couldn't be more excited...
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Zaki's Review: Spectre

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 12:32 PM

At the close of 2012's Skyfall, the big fiftieth anniversary installment of the James Bond film series, we'd come to the natural conclusion of a de facto "Becoming Bond" trilogy for current 007 Daniel Craig. Beginning with the 2006 reboot Casino Royale, and continuing through 2008's Quantum...

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Interview: Writer/Director James Vanderbilt on Truth

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 2:53 PM

James Vanderbilt is the in-demand writer behind some of the most high-profile releases in Hollywood for more than a decade now, having penned such memorably diverse films as The Losers, Zodiac, and The Rundown. For his directing debut, Truth, the veteran screenwriter chose to dramatize 60 Minutes II's 2004 investigation...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Final Star Wars Trailer!

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 12:08 PM

For this week's show, after taking stock of the aftermath of last week's once-in-a-lifetime Back to the Future day (make sure you listen to our special commentary track!) Brian and I offer...
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