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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 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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Zaki's Review: Steve Jobs

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Read my interview with Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle.

That Steve Jobs's unquestionable genius went hand-in-hand with his equally-unquestionable self-possession is hardly a revelation. Like all people of vision, the co-founder of Apple Computers was trapped in that fissure between the man he was and the man we saw....

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Back to the Future Part II

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 2:28 AM

The future is now! Today is October 21, 2015, and as any dyed-in-the-wool film buff knows, that's the very same date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown visit at the start of 1989's Back to the Future Part II. Well, naturally being the lifelong Back to the Future buffs that...

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Interview: Director Danny Boyle on Steve Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 3:16 PM

It's been just over four years since legendary Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away, but in the intervening years his mystique has lived on and even grown. The latest attempt to peel away the layers of the enigmatic Jobs comes via Steve Jobs, a new film from a veritable...

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Interview: Film Historian Robert A. Harris on Restoring My Fair Lady

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 12:24 PM

In the five decades since its release, director George Cukor's seminal musical My Fair Lady has lost none of its enduring allure and appeal. The 1964 film, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, is due to be re-released to select theaters starting this weekend to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, and...

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Zaki's Review: Pan

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 10:18 AM

Did the world really need an origin story for Peter Pan? It seems to me that we've gotten on just fine for the hundred-plus years since author J.M. Barrie introduced his mythical, mystical "boy who never grows up" in 1904 without much need for the whys-and-wherefores behind Our Man Pan....

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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Martian, Malala, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:02 PM

Matt Damon is currently sitting atop the box office with his starring role in Ridley Scott's The Martian, and we're joined by special guest Zahra Noorbahksh this week as we unpack the...
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Zaki's Review: The Martian

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 2:55 AM

I first read Andy Weir's bestseller The Martian a little over a year ago. Actually, "inhaled" might be a better word to use. The story, about an astronaut stranded on Mars, his struggle to survive and the struggles on Earth to try and bring him home, is about as...

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Zaki's Review: Sicario

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 2:43 AM

After being entranced and unnerved by Denis Villeneuve's uncompromising morality fable Prisoners two years ago, I knew right away he was a director to keep an eye on, and I eagerly awaited word of his next project. Well, with the arrival of his equally entrancing and raw Sicario, it's clear that...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Scaling Everest and Revisiting The Visit

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 11:23 AM

For this week's show we start by offering quick takes on M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit and the new IMAX-3D spectacle Everest, before diving into the latest headlines out of Hollywood. Arnold Schwarzenegger is...
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Zaki's Review: Everest

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 4:31 AM

"Because it's there," said famed mountaineer George Mallory in 1924 when asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest. Those words came just before his third and final try at the mountain, as he disappeared shortly thereafter, with his frozen remains finally discovered some seventy-five years later. And yet, Mallory's...

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Zaki's Review: The Visit

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 11:36 AM

The last ten years have been tough ones for M. Night Shyamalan. After the late-'90s/early aughts trifecta of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs marked him (per a Newsweek cover story) as "The Next Spielberg," he ran aground with 2004's The Village, and things only got rougher from...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Furious 7 to Straight Outta Compton -- Summer Movies in Review!

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Continuing a post-Labor Day tradition, the MovieFilm gang is back with a super-sized episode taking stock of the summer movie season that just ended. From Furious 7 to Avengers to Straight...
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Interview: Patricia Clarkson on Learning to Drive

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:47 AM

The first time I saw Patricia Clarkson onscreen was in her feature film debut in Brian De Palma's 1987 crime epic The Untouchables. The subsequent decades have seen the hugely talented Clarkson rack up a truly impressive list of credits working alongside some of the most popular and well-respected actors...

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