BURBS STAFF PICKS: Sunday Streaming Suggestions [Vol. 9]

Welcome to our ninth installment of Sunday Streaming Suggestions!

Writers Ralph James, Evan Linden, Jack Martin, and Evan Northrup have delivered another round of classics to stream on your lazy Sunday:

Run (2020) - Hulu

Unfortunately, I have to withhold the most enticing points of this movie’s story to avoid spoilers. But for anyone who’s on the fence about this new Hulu exclusive film, it surpassed my personal expectations by a long shot. Run is one of the most uniquely intense movies I’ve seen this year.

After my girlfriend and I watched Run, we were impressed yet again by the range of Sarah Paulson. This time around, she delivered one of her most unsettlingly maniacal roles to-date as Diane Sherman—the gaslighting, helicopter mother of Chloe Sherman (Kiera Allen). Chloe was born with asthma, heart arrhythmia, hemochromatosis, and diabetes, and she has spent her whole life in a wheelchair. However, Chloe comes to discover that she is trapped in a world of lies.

The cast is practically just Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen; there are only two other characters with significant screen time. However, both actresses provided stellar performances; Kiera Allen made sure to shine in her breakout role. For his second major film, director Aneesh Chaganty wrote a riveting story with the help of Sev Ohanian. Run’s cinematography features some strong highlights, as well.

-Evan Linden

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) - Amazon Prime Video

Former boxer Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn) is down bad. He just lost his job as a mechanic and his marriage is crumbling. In an effort to support him and his wife (Jennifer Carpenter), Bradley becomes a drug runner until a deal-gone-wrong turns into a deadly standoff with police, leaving Bradley behind bars.

When he's informed that his now pregnant wife has been kidnapped by his former boss, Bradley is instructed to find and kill an inmate in cell block 99, a high-security section of the prison ran by an unforgiving warden (Don Johnson). How does one get into this cell block, you ask? Kick a lot of ass.

Vince Vaughn is a certified badass in this movie, which is a sentence I never thought I'd type. While he's had serious roles before (True Detective, Hacksaw Ridge), this was the first time I was able to separate V-Squared from his normal schtick. He snaps arms with ease, always holding his own and keeping calm. It's not necessarily "fun," but it's a great late night watch after a bowl and some taquitos. It's an incredibly solid thriller that will make you wince and get your heart beatin