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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. His film reviews and analyses have appeared at The Huffington Post, Philadelphia Weekly, and Sequart, and he is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. He is co-host of the MovieFilm Podcast, Nostalgia Theater, and Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience. He is also co-author of Quirk Books' Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, and has appeared as a panelist on Al Jazeera America's The Stream and HuffPost Live. Since 2004, 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: Star Trek Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2016 | 12:55 PM

As you know, I absolutely loved Paramount's Star Trek reboot in 2009. Loved it. As directed by J.J. Abrams, the film did the trick of rescuing the moribund Trek franchise from obsolescence by taking it back to its roots and adding a healthy dose of action movie swagger to...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: The Ghostbusters Reboot!

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 10:13 AM

The MoveFilm boys are back with their thoughts on one of the most anticipated and most divisive movies of the year: Ghostbusters! Yes, now that the Paul Feig-directed...
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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Looking Back at the Ghostbusters Franchise

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 12:39 PM

Bustin' makes me feel good! With the storied action-comedy Ghostbusters franchise heading back to theaters this weekend via the remake/reboot directed by Paul Feig and starring an all-star roster of some of the funniest...
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Zaki's Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 12:01 PM

I think it's fair to say that director Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters from 1984 enjoys a level of adoration that's probably disproportionate to the film itself. Now, that's not say it isn't a great film. If you read my retro review, you can see all the ways it just works. However,...

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Zaki's Review: The Legend of Tarzan

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 12:11 PM

It's been a rough couple of years for Edgar Rice Burroughs.

First the late pulp author's "John Carter of Mars" series got a belated big screen adaptation from Disney in 2012 that flopped so spectacularly (unfairly, I'd argue) that the phrase "another John Carter" has practically become the accepted...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Talking Independence Day: Resurgence!

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 11:26 AM

Welcome (back) to Earth! Brian and Zaki anticipate the fourth of July by discussing director Roland Emmerich's Independence Day: Resurgence, the Fox sequel that's either twenty years in the making or about seventeen years too...
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Zaki's Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 12:11 PM

I was sixteen years old when Independence Day was released in summer of 1996. I was there on opening day. And I loved it. Man, did I love it. I was absolutely exuberant in my reaction and effusive in my praise. And at the risk of revealing a little too...

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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Remembering TV's The Incredible Hulk

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 1:02 PM

For the latest Nostalgia Theater show I take a look back at one of my favorite TV shows, The Incredible Hulk, which aired on CBS from 1978 to 1982, and has enjoyed...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: Taking Stock of Ninja Turtles and Warcraft

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 11:32 AM

Cowabunga! Strap on your nunchucks and get your pizza on as Brian and I discuss the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and why it's ended up disappointing...
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Zaki's Review: 'Warcraft'

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 3:40 PM

Full disclosure: I've never played the Warcraft or World of Warcraft video games. I've never read the novels or comics. I've never played the collectible card game. When it comes to this brand, despite its twenty-plus year presence (a lifetime!) as part of the pop culture ether, I'm a complete...

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INTERVIEW: The Conjuring 2's Madison Wolfe

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 2:12 PM

In only a few short years as an actor, Madison Wolfe has racked up an amazing array of big and small screen credits. From with her debut in 2012's On the Road and The Campaign to her appearances in last year's acclaimed films Trumbo and Joy, she's steadily built up a...

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INTERVIEW: Emilia Clarke on Me Before You and Game of Thrones

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 12:58 PM

The new film Me Before You (now in theaters) marks a bit of a change of pace for Emilia Clarke after the action her antics of last summer's franchise opus Terminator Genisys. The romantic drama, based on the best-seller of the same name by Jojo Moyes, Emilia is...

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Zaki's Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 10:02 AM

Click here to read my 2014 review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

You may recall that I wasn't an especially big fan of Paramount's big budget Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot when it hit theaters two summers ago. On top of a whole host of narrative issues, probably my biggest...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: X-Men: Apocalypse + Emilia Clarke on Me Before You

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 10:16 AM

This week the MovieFilm gang dives deep into a spoiler-filled dissection of the latest -- though far from greatest -- entry in Fox's long-running X-Men feature film franchise, Apocalypse (click here to read...
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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Richard Hatch Goes Back to Battlestar Galactica

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 1:52 AM

A veteran of almost five decades in the film & television industry, Richard Hatch starred alongside Karl Malden on the final season of The Streets of San Francisco, and has appeared on such seminal...
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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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