mr. roosevelt

Do you remember the funny girlfriend in the first season of Master of None? The one who Aziz Ansari’s character, Dev, dated for most of the season, then broke up with at the end because he thought they should be more passionate about each other? Or maybe she broke up with him. I can’t remember. All I know is that I was disappointed, because I liked her and wanted to see her more.

That girl is Noël Wells, the writer, director, and star of Mr. Roosevelt, an indie comedy now streaming on Netflix. Wells plays Emily, a comedian who trying to make it in L.A. The film opens with one of her auditions, during which she bares her soul and then does a series of impersonations that starts with Holly Hunter and ends with a repeating pratfall that is an “impersonation of a vine.”  I barely understand what a vine is, but I still laughed. Continue reading “Review: MR. ROOSEVELT”



IN BETWEEN  Written & Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud 

I adored the three women at the center of this movie: Salma, Nour, and Laila. Immediately, I felt as if they were my friends.

You meet Salma and Laila first, out dancing with their roommate who is about to be married. They head home to their apartment in the center of Tel Aviv, drunk and laughing, only to be awakened the next morning by an unexpected guest: Nour, a cousin of their bride-to-be roommate, who, unbeknownst to Salma and Laila, has been promised the extra room.
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