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 a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. In addition to his reviews and interviews appearing regularly in venues such as The Huffington Post, he is also co­author of Quirk Books' Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, has appeared as a panelist on HuffPost Live and Al Jazeera America's The Stream, and co-­hosts the MovieFilm Podcast and Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience. Since 2004, his award­-winning blog Zaki’s Corner has served as a one-­stop forum for musings on news, media, politics, and pop culture. He was included in 2010's Top 35 Political Blogs by BestBloggers.org, 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.

BOOKS AND MOVIES BY ZAKI HASAN

The Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe

The Cyberpunk Nexus: Exploring the Blade Runner Universe (contributor)

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos

Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos (contributor)

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe

A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe (contributor)

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes (contributor)

MAGAZINE CONTENT BY ZAKI HASAN (13 TOTAL)

L-R: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris EvansFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: A Retro Review

When their first Fantastic Four flick grossed more than three times its production budget in 2005, the hoped-for sequel quickly left the realm of the hypothetical for home studio Twentieth Century Fox. And with the cast… [more]

Fantastic Four 2005 castFantastic Four (2005): A Retro Review

The moment that principal photography on Roger Corman’s million-dollar production of The Fantastic Four commenced on December 28, 1992, the ultimate goal of license holder Bernd Eichinger was instantly fulfilled. His hold on the Fantastic… [more]

L-R: Carl Ciarfalio, Rebecca Staab, Alex Hyde-White, Jay UnderwoodRoger Corman’s Fantastic Four: A Retro Review

While Marvel Comics stablemate Spider-Man took a rather circuitous route to the big screen, that journey almost pales in comparison to what happened to the Fantastic Four on the way to a film franchise they could call their own. [more]

Jurassic III posterJurassic Park III: A Retro Review

In summer of 1993, most of the world watched and fell in love with the Jurassic Park movie. But while I’m sure countless folks would have loved to make a dinosaur movie after seeing it,… [more]

unnamedThe Lost World: Jurassic Park: A Retro Review

Believe it or not, I come here not to bury The Lost World, but to praise it. Jurassic Park hit theaters in June of ’93 and the rapturous reception it received at the box office… [more]

sdfgJurassic Park: A Retro Review

When director Steven Spielberg’s dinos-on-the-rampage blockbuster Jurassic Park first hit the screen in summer of 1993, twenty-two years ago now (I’ll let you process that number for a second, and let the reality of how… [more]

MSDMAMA EC050Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: A Retro Review

After Mad Max 2’s ecstatic reception by both critics and paying audiences, a third entry in the series took on the air of inevitability. It was a question of when, not if. Mind you, that… [more]

Mad Max 2Mad Max 2: A Retro Review

“I remember a time of chaos. Ruined dreams. This wasted land.” So begins the opening narration setting the status quo of Mad Max 2 (known to many folks stateside as The Road Warrior). Nearly thirty-five… [more]

Mad Max 1Mad Max: A Retro Review

By the time Mad Max arrived on the scene in 1979, the cupboard of post-apocalyptic cinema was already pretty well stocked. From The Time Machine to the Planet of the Apes cycle to A Boy… [more]

Sean Connery: the prototypical James Bond007 at 53: Dr. No (1962)

Beginning this week (and leading all the way up to Sam Mendes’s Spectre), I’m starting a run of James Bond retro reviews, looking back at the many cinematic exploits of Ian Fleming’s unflappable super-spy. So let’s start at… [more]

Optimus PrimeOptimus Prime Died So The Transformers Could Live

In 1986, Optimus Prime died. And I cried. Not big, wracking sobs or anything, mind you. But it’s entirely possible a single tear rolled down my cheek. I feel comfortable admitting that in a public… [more]

Michael Douglas 001Michael Douglas Adds to Ant-Man’s Legacy

While Marvel Studios’ Avengers franchise (and appendages) tends to garner the most ink, I have to say I find development on the studios’ secondary properties far more fascinating, as it demonstrates their willingness to continually… [more]

Flash EndWally West to Make His Return in DC’s New 52

DC Comics is looking to make 2014 a year that counts for their swiftest hero, the Flash. A TV series is on the launch pad at the CW, and a new creative team is lined… [more]

NEWS CONTENT BY ZAKI HASAN

Star Wars Disney Marvel bannerDisney to Move Star Wars License from Dark Horse to Marvel

A couple of days ago Disney confirmed the news that pretty much any fan with some degree of pop culture awareness has seen coming for a year and a half now: this year the Star… [more]

STATISTICS FOR ZAKI HASAN

Total Words for All Magazine Content: 15,440