Posts by Obed Medina

Obed Medina

About The Author

Obed Medina is a Los Angeles-based playwright, director, and theatre and film critic. He received his BA in Creative Writing with Honors at the University of California, Riverside, where he wrote, directed, and produced his first play. He served as resident director for a theatre company in North Hollywood and Hollywood between 2005-2008, while developing his own theater company, Askew Theatre Company, focusing on workshops of new works from emerging Los Angeles playwrights.
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A Little Magic Saves ‘The Magic of Belle Isle’ From Sinking

Obed Medina reviews Rob Reiner's latest film, The Magic of Belle Isle.

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Interviews: Cast & Crew of ‘The Magic of Belle Isle’

Rob Reiner's new film The Magic of Belle Isle comes to theaters this weekend. Obed Medina sat down and spoke with Reiner, as well as stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll and Emma Fuhrmann.

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Review: ‘The Deep Blue Sea’

Obed Medina reviews the film based on Terence Rattigan's play, The Deep Blue Sea.

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Review: ‘Miss Bala’

Obed Medina says Miss Bala is a thriller devoid of the usual Hollywood clichés.

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‘Miss Bala’ Q and A with Star, Director, and Producer

Obed Medina has a Q and A with director Gerardo Naranjo, star Stephanie Sigman, and producer Diego Luna of Mexico's official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Miss Bala.

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Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Still A Timeless Classic, Even In 3D

Disney's class Beauty and the Beast gets the 3D treatment. Obed Medina reviews the results.

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Review: ‘The Lion King 3-D’ Adds a New Dimension

While it didn't really need to be made, The Lion King 3-D nonetheless adds a small new dimension to the popular Disney film, says Obed Medina.

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Interview: Errol Morris on ‘Tabloid’

Famed documentary filmmaker Errol Morris speaks with Obed Medina about his new movie Tabloid and much more.

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Review: ‘Tabloid’ Has It All

The new Errol Morris documentary Tabloid tells the story of a former Miss Wyoming who captured and raped a Mormon missionary. Obed Medina says the film has it all, including: sex, bondage, cults, crime, and five cloned dogs.

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Interview: Andrew Rossi and David Carr on NY Times Documentary

Andrew Rossi's new documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times gained unprecedented access to the celebrated paper and examined journalism today. Obed Medina interviewed Rossi as well as reporter David Carr.

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Review: Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ is an Ideal RomCom

Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Sheen, Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen's most innovative film in over 25 years, says Obed Medina. It is exactly what a romantic comedy should be.

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Scream 4 Week Part II: Interviews with Panettiere, Roberts, Anderson, Culkin

Scream 4 Week continues on Picktainment as Obed Medina interviews the new cast members from the Scream franchise, including Hayden Panettiere, Emma Roberts, Anthony Anderson, and Rory Culkin.

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Scream 4 Week Part I: Interviews with Craven, Campbell, Cox, Arquette

It's Scream 4 Week at Picktainment.com and Obed Medina has interviews with all your favorite stars from the film. In Part I of our series, Medina interviews the old cast making its return in this film, including Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and director Wes Craven. Part II will feature interviews from the new cast. Part III will include a review of the film. And Part IV will conclude with the Scream 4 Podcast.

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Review: ‘Winter in Wartime’ is a Film for All Seasons

The Dutch film Winter in Wartime is a poignant story of a 13-year old's war effort during World War II, says Obed Medina.

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No Strings Attached is Just Another RomCom

At the end of the day, Ivan Reitman's No Strings Attached is a simple rom-com working with an idea that's been done quite a bit recently, says Obed Medina in his review. Most of the film's best features come from the supporting cast that includes solid performances from Lake Bell, Greta Gerwig, and Jake M. Johnson. But Medina says the lead characters - played by Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher - aren't particularly likable.

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