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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 and Nostalgia Theater, co-author of Quirk Books' Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, and his work has been featured at Sequart, Philly Weekly, 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

INTERVIEW: Kate Beckinsale on Love & Friendship

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2016 | 3:57 PM

Kate Beckinsale is a performer who has always ably jumped between such bombastic Hollywood fare as Total Recall and her signature Underworld series, and smaller offerings such as her latest project, Love & Friendship. The film, currently in limited release, reunites Beckinsale with writer-director Whit Stillman, with whom she first...

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Zaki's Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 11:37 AM

Ten years ago I took a shank to X-Men: The Last Stand, a sequel I found so disagreeable that I likened it to "studio-mandated seppuku" (which might have been a bit hyperbolic in hindsight). On the other hand, two years ago I was quite effusive in my praise...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Nice Guys + Kate Beckinsale on Love & Friendship

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 12:15 PM

For this week's show we dive in with a brief conversation about writer-director Shane Black's delightful action-comedy The Nice Guys, followed by my interview with actress Kate Beckinsale about her work on the...
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Zaki's Review: The Nice Guys

(7) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 2:17 AM

Summer movie season is only a few weeks old, but somehow it already feels interminable. As such, the arrival of writer-director Shane Black's The Nice Guys couldn't be a more perfectly-timed tonic to the usual onslaught of CGI mayhem we've come to expect between now and August. In 1987, Black's script...

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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Ten Years Without The West Wing

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 3:07 AM

This past Saturday marked ten years since Aaron Sorkin's seminal series The West Wing left the airwaves on NBC. Starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, and many more, the...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: Choosing Sides on 'Captain America: Civil War'

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 11:37 AM

With Captain America: Civil War currently battling atop the box office and breaking records in the process, the MovieFilm gang reconvenes to dissect the latest -- greatest? -- superhero epic from Marvel...
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Zaki's Review: Money Monster

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 11:44 AM

As an "I'm mad as hell" screed against the oversight-free excesses of Wall Street bankers, director Jodie Foster's Money Monster certainly arrives at the right historical moment to tap into the same "throw the bums out" exasperation that's helped turn Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign from a longshot into a contender....

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Zaki's Review: Captain America: Civil War

(6) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 3:02 AM

A little over a month ago, Warner Bros.' execrable, excessive Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived in theaters. As you know if you read my review, that film, with its storyline about the aftermath of a destructive superhero battle leading to a battle of wills between heroes, landed with...

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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: IDW Publishing's Chris Ryall on Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and More!

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 3:02 PM

For this episode of the show, I'm joined by Chris Ryall, editor-in-chief of IDW Publishing. As the current purveyor of comic book adventures of high profile licenses like Transformers, Star...
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INTERVIEW: Key & Peele on Keanu

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 12:54 AM

Having just wrapped up five hilarious seasons on the forefront of the zeitgeist with their groundbreaking sketch comedy series Key & Peele, it's only natural that the team of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have cast their gaze to the big screen for their next challenge. And if the new...

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INTERVIEW: Jeremy Saulnier & Anton Yelchin on Green Room

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 11:59 AM

After making a splash with the crowdfunded 2013 thriller Blue Ruin, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier's next project is an even darker dive, the survival horror film Green Room. Following a punk band's harrowing encounter with neo-Nazis in the green room of a hole-in-the-wall bar, the film stars Anton Yelchin as one...

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Zaki's Review: The Huntsman: Winter's War

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 2:02 AM

In the age of the insta-franchise, where studios force sequels on audiences whether they're warranted or not, it shouldn't come as a great shock that The Huntsman: Winter's War exists. After all, despite mostly mixed notices from critics, 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman still managed to rake in nearly...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Jungle Book, and Key & Peele on Keanu!

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:38 PM

This week Brian and I discuss a whole host of new and upcoming release, including Disney's box office behemoth The Jungle Book, the Kevin Costner action thriller Criminal, and Universal's sequel/spin-off The...
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Zaki's Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 2:27 AM

Following in the very successful wake of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in 2010 and Kenneth Branagh's Cinderalla last year, it's no surprise that Disney is continuing the process of turning titles from its voluminous roster of animated classics into big budget live action spectacles. The latest such effort is The...

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Zaki's Review: Criminal

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 2:00 AM

A couple of years back, in 3 Days to Kill, Kevin Costner tried his hand at playing a hardbitten action hero in the latter day Liam Neeson mould. While that film was largely forgettable, Costner ended up making it a lot more engaging than would otherwise have been warranted,...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Trailers Galore + Anton Yelchin on Green Room!

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 9:36 AM

This week we start things out with Brian offering some of his post-season thoughts on FX's The People vs. O.J. Simpson and Hulu's 11/22/63. From there, listen to my interview with director Jeremy Saulnier...
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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Celebrating Batman on Screen!

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 10:50 AM

With the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice two weeks ago (read my thoughts here), Batman has made his triumphant return to movie screens after an interminable interregnum of...just a few...
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INTERVIEW: Director Gavin Hood on Eye in the Sky, Drone Warfare, and Alan Rickman

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 1:13 PM

With such films as Tsotsi and Rendition, director Gavin Hood has made a career out of tackling difficult subject matter and presenting them in a compelling fashion. His latest, the military thriller Eye in the Sky, which doubles as both a character drama and a meditation on the ramifications of...

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INTERVIEW: Director Jeff Nichols on Midnight Special

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 12:15 PM

From the time he burst onto the scene with 2007's Shotgun Stories, filmmaker Jeff Nichols has blazed a unique trail of quirky projects that draw on his preternatural grasp of concept and character to create some of the most rich and rewarding film experiences in recent memory. For his latest...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Batman v. Superman Episode!

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 11:21 AM

Justice dawned at the box office to the tune of record-breaking $167 million opening weekend, but the questions remains: Is Batman v. Superman a good movie? Is Ben Affleck the...
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