My Top 20 Scares of 2020: #12

It’s the Sunday Before Christmas! What are you even doing reading this blog? Go wrap presents, drink cocoa, and watch ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017) or BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974). Get in the holiday mood… before it’s too late (dun, dun, dun)!

Oh, you’re still here? Huh.

My #12 favorite movie of 2020 was:

#12. RUN (2020)

(c) RUN 2020.

I reviewed this movie Very Recently so I’ll keep it brief. RUN was directed by Aneesh Chaganty, who co-wrote with Sev Ohanian. The cast is incredible, the story is simple but effective, and there are at least 2 daring escapes by Chloe (Kiera Allen) that I’ve never seen before in a film and really enjoyed. I liked it, I loved it, I’d honestly watch Sarah Paulson do anything.

How Did It Score
  • How scary was it? 3/5
  • How memorable was it? 3/5
  • Was it a Quality film? 4/5
    • Points for landmark disability representation. Points for characters who are actually smart (good application of the medium). Points for girl genius Chloe!
  • How about those women? 4/5
    • Here is how RUN scores on each of the gender tests:
      • Bechdel-Wallace Test: Pass
      • Sexy Lamp Test: Pass
      • Willis Test: It’s hard to fail a movie that feels gendered, but in a good way? I say pass. Even though it would be sort of unusual to see fatherhood depicted the way motherhood is here.
      • Ko Test: Fail.
      • Roxane Gay Test: I said no in the original review. However I do think this movie blows it out of the water when it comes to representation of complex women in a complex world. So maybe half points.
      • Carie-Burns Test: Yes! So much!
  • Total points: 14/20

Published by Brandy N. Carie

Playwright. Director. Producer. Dramaturg. I like coffee and Whisky and dogs and talking in person.

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