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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: 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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Zaki's Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 12:29 PM

You may recall, I was quite effusive in my praise of director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel when it was released three years ago. I took no end of grief for that, but I still stand by that initial assessment. Sure, I had some quibbles with Warner Bros.' second...

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The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Superman: The Movie

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 10:59 AM

With the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice mere days away, Brian and Zaki take a fond stroll down memory lane as we look at the very first big budget superhero epic of...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: Moving into '10 Cloverfield Lane'

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 11:48 AM

In this week's MovieFilm Podcast, we discuss a whole host of new and upcoming releases, including Zootopia, London Has Fallen, and the upcoming film from Richard Linklater, Everybody Wants Some!! After that, it's on...
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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Darkwing Duck With Creator Tad Stones

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 12:15 AM

After a brief gap, we're back with an all-new episode of the Nostalgia Theater show! This week, we're talking about Disney's Darkwing Duck, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this very year (
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Zaki's Review: London Has Fallen

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 1:28 AM

Just to get it out of the way early, I wasn't a big fan of Olympus Has Fallen when it hit theaters in spring of 2013.  As it happens, that year saw two "White House under siege" thrillers debut within months of each other, and while Olympus was first out...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Fuller House, the Oscars, and Director Gavin Hood Talks Eye in the Sky

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 8:40 AM

Lots to discuss in this week's show! First up, short takes on new and upcoming releases Eddie the Eagle, Triple 9, and Eye in the Sky,...
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INTERVIEW: Aaron Paul Talks Triple 9

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2016 | 10:37 AM

After wrapping up his career-defining run as Jesse Pinkman on AMC's Breaking Bad, actor Aaron Paul hasn't missed a step, nimbly jumping from star vehicles like 2014's Need For Speed to ensemble pieces like the upcoming Eye in the Sky and the heist pic Triple 9, in theaters now.

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INTERVIEW: Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton and Dexter Fletcher on Eddie the Eagle

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 12:59 PM

The new Fox film Eddie the Eagle, in theaters today, brings to life the true story of Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the unlikely phenom who briefly became a cause célèbre -- and an icon to underdogs the world over -- when he competed as a skier in the 1988 winter...

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The MovieFilm Podcast: Digging Into Deadpool!

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 11:42 AM

With the Ryan Reynolds superhero epic Deadpool (read my review here) blowing the doors off the box office this past weekend, we take the opportunity to examine the stunning success of the X-Men spin-off and make...
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