Review of “The Woman in the Window (2021)”

While dealing with a few health issues this week, I struggled to really come up with something to write about and watch when I had the spare time. Thusly, I turned to Netflix and was surprised to see a movie starring Amy Adams that was billed as a “mystery” and “crime” story. Intrigued, I moved forward with what has to be one of the biggest wastes of two hours I’ve spent in 2021 so far.

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Halloween in December: “Martyrs (2008)”

30 straight days of horror films is what it took to get to this point. And this particular horror film is a doozy- Martyrs (yes, the original one) is a twisted and utterly depraved bit of New French Extremity that retains much of the hallmarks of its contemporaries but then goes far beyond them, perhaps being one of the most metaphorically personal pieces of New French Extremity ever put out.

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Halloween in December: “The Call (2020)”

Day 28 of the Halloween in December marathon and I finally got around to watching this film that was released on Netflix last month. However, based on the movie I watched, I really wish I had just kept going on about my life and watching things worth my time. This film certainly doesn’t respect your time, and it definitely isn’t anything of quality like so many reviews I’ve seen online praise it to be. It’s too bad I can’t make a phone call to warn past me to just watch something else and save myself two hours.

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Halloween in December: “Us”

Party time is over (for now) and for the 26th I thought I’d revisit Jordan Peele with his horror follow-up to Get Out: a new venture starring Lupita Nyong’o, Us. While certainly serving up some new offerings in terms of technical ability, there are inevitable comparisons to Get Out, and I’m not entirely sure that trade-off quite pays dividends. That isn’t to say that this film is not an easy recommendation, though, because it is!

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Halloween in December: “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

For day 13 of the Halloween in December marathon, I opted to select a style of film that originally wasn’t really included in my list of horror films: a slasher. After 23 years and a list full of horror films to watch, it dawned on me that I hadn’t put a single slasher on it. So, in 2020, exactly how well does this 90s slasher flick hold up? Not terribly well.

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Halloween in December: “Amulet (2020)”

Day 11 of the Halloween in December marathon is here, and today’s selection is one from only a few months ago: the full length directorial debut of Romola Garai, Amulet. Starring a familiar face in Carla Juri (most known for Blade Runner 2049) and a less familiar face in Alec Secareanu, this horror/mystery delves into the story of two people whose living conditions have forced them into a decaying house outside London.

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