Zaki Hasan

Zaki Hasan
Newark, California, USA
September 25
Co-author of GEEK WISDOM, Writer, Professor of Communication & Media, Co-founder of You can e-mail him at


JANUARY 19, 2013 11:10AM

About That NRA Ad...

Turns out, beyond being vile and inappropriate, it's also just a flat-out lie. The NRA has sure done an outstanding job of marginalizing itself during this whole thing, no?
JANUARY 18, 2013 1:00PM

Zombieland Comes To TV

Don't expect stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the Zombieland TV show.Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this. I really enjoyed director Ruben Fleischer's 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland, both as a fan of the zombie genre and just a fan of movies (although my bro-in/…

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JANUARY 18, 2013 12:36PM

Willis & Co. Return For RED 2

I thought that 2010's RED, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, was a very pleasant surprise. Based very loosely on a DC Comics' graphic novel created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, the flick was a textbook example of low-risk, low-reward. A fun, throwaway movie/…

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JANUARY 18, 2013 12:21PM

New Terminator Sets New Writers

We talked yesterday about Universal's planned resuscitation of the Conan the Barbarian property with Arnold Schwarzenegger attached. Another old franchise that's eying new life with the same original star is The Terminator, which we last saw short-circuiting with 2009's wholly unexceptional TerminatoRead full post »
While we're on the subject, here's Jon Stewart from last night's Daily Show, taking a hacksaw to the very same NRA ad I talked about just one post ago. Props to Stewart for really going deep-and-wide with this one. Enjoy!

JANUARY 17, 2013 12:58PM

NRA: Live in Fear!

A few days ago, the NRA released an idiotic attack aimed at President Obama's kids that was so out-there and fringe-y that the org's ideological opponents couldn't have done a better job of discrediting them than they did all by themselves. Check out their nutty ad here, then catch the response…

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JANUARY 17, 2013 12:40PM

Arnold Still Game For Conan Return

Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his return to full-time action hero duties with this Friday's The Last Stand after spending the better part of the 2000s in the Sacramento State House mowing down the California economy. I'll have more to say about The Last Stand in the next ep of the MovieFilm Podcast/…

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JANUARY 17, 2013 12:16PM

Russell Crowe On Being Superman's Dad

Jor-El (Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) bid farewell to baby Kal-ElOne of the biggest pieces of early casting news for director Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel was when word hit that Russell Crowe had signed on to play the legendary hero's Kryptonian father Jor-El. The inclusion of/…

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JANUARY 17, 2013 11:46AM

New Gremlins On The Way?

This news is rather timely, as I just happened to catch the original Gremlins flick from 1984 on cable a few days ago. That film, directed by Joe Dante, was packed with enough gross-out moments that scarred enough wee ones that it was instrumental in the creation of the PG-13 rating./…

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As we all know, last summer's The Avengers marked the culmination of Marvel Productions' "Phase 1," which began its rollout in 2008 with the first Iron Man. With the record-breaking success of the team-up opus, the comic giant-turned-Disney subsidiary is now planning to expand the roster of the Marve/…

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Even now, nearly six months after its release, I remain stubbornly ambivalent toward The Dark Knight Rises. While there's no doubt that it's stylistically distinctive and emotionally ambitious, I still can't help but view the Christopher Nolan trilogy-capper as a flawed end to what had until then bee/…

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JANUARY 16, 2013 10:30AM

Reacher Return Looking Like A Reach

I thought that this past December's Jack Reacher was a classic example of low-risk, low-reward entertainment. It was a perfectly serviceable little thriller that did its thing with little muss and little fuss, and was an enjoyable enough way to spend a couple of hours. While I didn't feel any great/…

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JANUARY 15, 2013 1:50PM

Zero Sum Games

I talked through my reaction to Zero Dark Thirty in the latest MovieFilm Podcast, but just to sum up, I would ultimately give it a thumbs up. While I recognize the issues some are citing with what it depicts vis-a-vis geopolitics and torture I honestly don't see an overarching "yea" or/…

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JANUARY 15, 2013 1:23PM

Today's Bad Idea: MGM Reboots Ben-Hur

Stephen Boyd (L) and Charlton Heston (R) make goo-goo eyes at each other
For all the time I spent chronicling MGM's financial travails over the past several years, with the fates of both the James Bond and Hobbit franchises hanging in the balance as the once-mighty Lion got its fiscal house in/… Read full post »
JANUARY 15, 2013 12:26PM

A Full Day to Die Hard

Believe it or not, 2013 marks twenty-five years since John McClane first quipped and clobbered his way through hordes of terrorists in Die Hard. Next month, Twentieth Century Fox celebrates McClane's silver screen silver anniversary with A Good Day to Die Hard, teaming him with grown-up son John Jr./…

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JANUARY 15, 2013 11:59AM

G.I. Joe Producer Denies Duke Rumors

"I'm not dead yet, y'alls!"We're now just under three months out from G.I. Joe: Retaliation hitting theaters after it's extended delay to ostensibly add some post-produced 3D (and, supposedly, rescue Channing Tatum's character of Duke from an early offing). Brian Hall and I even got into this a bit t… Read full post »
JANUARY 14, 2013 12:37PM

The MovieFilm Podcast: Episode 13

Welcome to the first MovieFilm episode of 2013! This week the gang's all here and with plenty to discuss, including Sean's surprising okay-ness with acapella comedy Pitch Perfect, our take on Samuel L. Jackson's take on Spielberg's Lincoln, and a discussion about whether or not an arsenal of sequels/…

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Quantum Leap is a show that really shouldn't have worked nearly as well as it did -- and certainly not for as long as it did. Nonetheless, the fact that it managed to eke out five seasons and nearly one hundred episodes during its '89-'93 run despite being shuffled across multiple timeslots/…

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JANUARY 12, 2013 2:09PM

Recommended Reading

With all the talk about firearm legislation lately, one of the most readily proffered memes from the Alex Jones crowd is the Godwinian chestnut that Hitler took people's guns away, and that's why, y'know, Hitler. However, per Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald, the Hitler v. Gun Control contention is…

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JANUARY 12, 2013 2:21AM

Obama to America: No Death Star For You

A few weeks ago a petition went viral asking the Obama Administration to consider building a Death Star (yes, Death Star as in Star Wars). After crossing a threshold of "x" number of signatures, said petition garnered an official response from the White House, which you can read here. In case/…

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Jon Stewart and the Daily Show team were off for the year when the Sandy Hook killings occurred, but the days and weeks since have only served to illustrate and exacerbate the idiocy that sets the poles of the gun control conversation in this country. I just don't get it. As…

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JANUARY 8, 2013 4:19PM

From The Onion...

As so often with The Onion, this one is barely satire given the way this issue seems to be calcifying..
Frustrated Wayne LaPierre Thought Murder Of 20 Children By Crazed Gunman Would Have Blown Over By Now
From the piece:
“I get that this horrible thing happened and all these kids are dead now,… Read full post »
For a brief spell in the late '80s and early '90s, there was a rash of Saturday Morning cartoons based on real life personalities. For awhile there, you could tune in on any given weekend and see Rick Moranis, John Candy, Macauley Culkin, MC Hammer, and even the New Kids on/…

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DECEMBER 31, 2012 12:33PM

The Vicious Consequences of Islamophobia

This past Saturday brought us the horrific story of a New York woman pushing a man named Sunando Sen, who happened to be Hindu, off a subway platform to his death due to her irrational hatred of "Muslims and Hindus" -- a hatred that was fermented and promulgated on the back/…

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DECEMBER 31, 2012 12:11PM

The MovieFilm Podcast: Episode 12

The last MovieFilm installment of 2012 finds the gang sans holiday-traveler Sean, but Brian and I still had plenty to talk about as we pondered the real reasoning behind G.I. Joe: Retaliation's nearly one year push, wonder if we're getting too old for this "stuff" after seeing the Pacific Rim trailer/…

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