What I’m watching this weekend: Ally Formeller

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Ally Formeller, Columnist

The semester is almost over, and the holidays are coming up soon. It’s the perfect time to take a break from studying and indulge in some binge-watching. Here are my top picks for the weekend. 

“Itaewon Class” (Netflix)

If you liked “Squid Game,” and want to try other Korean dramas, I’d recommend “Itaewon Class.” Thematically, it’s similar to “Squid Game,” but much less gory. It also features the beautiful scenery of Seoul, South Korea as a backdrop.

“Itaewon Class” follows a poor ex-con as he works to realize his dream of opening a successful business in the heart of Seoul, obviously not without its own trials and tribulations.

The characters are cynical and frustratingly stubborn at times, but their dedication to their goals and each other is what makes the show so emotional and engaging. 

With 16 one-hour episodes, this show might be a little hard to get through in one weekend, but it’s compelling, emotional and will definitely have you hooked from episode one. 

“The Great British Bake-Off” (Netflix)

For me, baking shows are a staple, especially around the holidays. 

Each season follows a fresh set of amateur bakers as they take on different baking challenges from the judges. Each episode consists of three short challenges that fit the theme of the week. 

This show is perfect to have on in the background while you try to do homework, and it’s not hard to follow if you just want to relax. It’s also fun to root for your favorite bakers! 

“Lady Bird” (Netflix)

Originally released in 2017, “Lady Bird” is the awkward, funny coming-of-age story of Christine, a senior in high school. 

This movie is simply relatable. Christine’s troubles with relationships, drama with friends and gearing up for college is the perfect snapshot of that awkward transitional period between being a teenager and becoming an adult. 

Having been through the same transitional period as Christine, this movie is a fun look back at the past. 

As a typical teen coming-of-age movie, this movie is perfect for a chill weekend at home or to watch with friends.