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It’s been a while since we’ve seen Amy Adams on the silver screen, but luckily the wait is finally over. “A Simple Favor” is a mystery thriller about a mother who becomes obsessed with her daughter’s friend after a mysterious disappearance. The movie is a reminder of how a woman’s love can be a mystery, a masterful blend of fear, intrigue, and emotion.

The Woman in the Window is an American psychological thriller film directed by James Vanderbilt and written by Craig Johnson. It stars Amy Adams, David Oyelowo, and Jeremy Renner. The film is based on the novel The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn. The film was released in the United States on October 7, 2017 by Lionsgate.. Read more about the woman in the window streaming and let us know what you think.


Core team: Amy Adams, Wyatt Russell.

Director: Joe Wright.

Joseph, my manager, got bad news about Chip and Joanna hosting my new boat repair show for my streaming service VickiTube.  Apparently Chip Zien and Joanna Gleason were not available.  He managed to attract Chip Carter and Joanna Pacula, but I found them hard to sell to middle-income Americans who want to refurbish their luxury yachts with style and pathos.  Then I got the most brilliant idea, I called my old friend Cherry Jones and asked her to fill in.  We call Cherry Yachts of Fire, where we dismantle old materials with a flamethrower and then get a beautiful blank canvas on which to install the latest in interior design.  Captain Drew put my boat in dry dock in Long Beach Harbor so we can start shooting next week.  Kim D and Mary G, my lovely costars, will don a flame-patterned red sequin dress, and I will cover Disco Inferno on the back deck as we literally rid the deck of dead wood with a spectacular explosion of pyrotechnics. It’s going to be a totally original film, and I already feel like I’m going to be nominated for an Emmy.

I do not understand this dish.

For my other new show, Diners, Drive Ins and Divas, we shot the first episode at a Scottish institution called McDoggles, or whatever it’s called.  The entire restaurant seemed to be made of incredibly sticky plastic, including the food – no tablecloth, no decent tableware, no experienced waiter.  My dish, something called quarter ham and cheese, came with a woefully inadequate presentation, as if it had been put together in the kitchen by a bored teenager rather than a chef.  I couldn’t really give them a positive review.  Dinner ended so quickly that we wouldn’t have had enough material for an entire episode, so I had to settle for an impromptu tap dance number on top of the table to the song Volare, which one of my team members had kindly streamed on his phone through the Spotify app. With some interludes on the evolution of Scottish cuisine over the centuries.  I was quite surprised that there was no haggis on the menu.

It’s been a busy week, so I didn’t have the energy to leave Kondo Man tonight, so I decided to cozy up in my home theater and watch a movie.  It’s been pretty hot in Southern California the past few weeks, so I made a small pitcher of Rock Shandy with ice to cool off and sat down to some dark viewing on Netflix.  I came across a fairly recent movie, Woman in the Window, that at least had an interesting cast, and I put it on to spend a few hours.  The hours passed, but not as pleasantly as I had hoped.  Despite a considerable amount of talent in front of and behind the camera, the film is terrible and should be avoided.

The Woman in the Window is part of a series of film noirs based on popular bookstore novels about airports, such as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.  This time the location will be New York City.  We are introduced to Anna (Amy Adams), a child psychologist who suffers from agoraphobia and lives in a beautiful old house, but can’t get past her own front door without having a dizzy panic attack.  She lives on pills, alcohol, and looks out the window at the neighbors across the street.  Separated from her husband, who has custody of their shared daughter, her only real human connection is her tenant David (Wyatt Russell), who rents an apartment in her basement and does odd jobs around the house.

One day a new family, the Russells, come to live across the street.  Teenage son Ethan (Fred Hechinger) knocks on Anna’s door one day, and it doesn’t take long for him (and us) to figure out that he’s somewhere on the spectrum (of misbehavior, if not autism).  They grow closer, then her mother Jane (Julianne Moore) arrives, and she and Anna begin to bond.  Father Alistair (Gary Oldman), who clearly has anger management issues, disapproves of this growing friendship. One night, while watching Russell’s house from her windows, Anna witnesses a confrontation between Alistair and Jane, during which the latter is apparently stabbed.  When Jane Russell shows up, however, she turns out not to be Julianne Moore, but Jennifer Jason Leigh, which confuses Anna and the audience.

Was it murder or was Anna hallucinating?  What secrets do the characters keep from each other and from the audience until the plot mechanisms allow them to be revealed (by the end, we lose interest and don’t care anymore)?  Who are the first and second Jane Russell?  When will the woman in the window end and I can move on to something more important, like…. B. Washing the carpet?

I don’t know how or why the woman in the window went so wrong.  Maybe it’s the basic material – the novel by A. A. J. Finn, which I have not read and will never read after seeing this film adaptation. The script was written by Tracy Letts, an actor and playwright best known for Osage County.  The man can write well, but here the dialogue comes out of the characters’ mouths and falls on their chins as if surprised that they are making sounds.  Maybe he’s overwhelmed by the various twists he has to build in (almost none of which make psychological sense).

Director Joe Wright has made some very good films in his time, including Atonement, but here he seems to have been let down by cramped working conditions.  The entire film takes place within the walls of Anna’s home, and her attempts to expand the space through various cinematic devices seem ridiculous.  Hitchcock managed to avoid a similar plot in Rear Window, but he was a cinematic genius, helped by James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Thelma Ritter.

Of all the actors, Amy Adams plays the best.  At least she seems to be playing a real woman, flawed and all.  Her biggest problem is that while Anna has to start at point A and move to point Z as the story progresses, Ms. Adams starts at point U or X, and thus has nowhere to go.  Neither Julianne Moore nor Jennifer Jason Leigh, excellent in other roles, have enough to do to impress other than convince the viewer that they are not the same person (which becomes obvious to the dumbest viewer after about fifteen seconds).

Gary Oldman is completely out of character.  He plays Alistair as a Hitler reef in a bunker, and every time he appears, he completely takes you out of the part of reality that the woman in the window portrays.  He’s such a good actor that we don’t know who hasn’t brought him down with both feet – weak direction or an inflated ego.  Wyatt Russell demands attention (not surprising when his parents are Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn), but makes little impression other than as a chimp with a bad hair day. Young Fred Hechinger, who in many ways plays the most important role, will hopefully move on to more successful projects and can leave this film on his resume.

There is a lot of talent here, but it goes wrong in every sense of the word. So I can only recommend The Woman at the Window to insomniacs who have already read all the Schopenhauers and Hegels on their shelves.

Psychiatrist of strict love.  Swirling snow patterns. Grower in your face. A graceful staircase. Broken skylight. Parole violations. The dead secretary. Numerous accusations of rude behavior.

To learn more about Ms. Norman Maine, please take a look at our introduction

Originally from Seattle, Washington, the land of fog, coffee and flying salmon, Ms. Benson is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Norman Maine at a difficult time in his life, shortly after moving to Alabama, when Athena pops out of Andy’s head.It’s tough to say a great many things about “The Woman in the Window”. This adaptation of the famous Mary Higgins Clark novel, adapted by director Cary Fukunaga and starring Amy Adams, is a work that belongs in the same league with Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” as one of the three best films of the year. And yet, the film is hardly more than a streak of static.. Read more about the woman in the window online and let us know what you think.

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