What I’m watching this weekend: Northern Star Staff


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By Madelaine Vikse and Daija Hammonds

If you have some downtime this weekend between studying for finals and finishing up any assignments before the end of the semester, here are some ideas on what to watch.

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

I’m a little late to this, but have been wanting to watch this limited series for quite a while. “The Queen’s Gambit” stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Marielle Heller and Moses Ingram. 

Anya Taylor-Joy plays the main character Beth Harmon, a talented chess player who is determined to compete and become the best chess player of all time. Since this series is set during the Cold War era, Harmon is underestimated and not taken seriously in many instances since she is a woman. The limited series is made up of seven episodes, each around an hour, with some about 45 minutes and some about an hour and seven minutes. – Madelaine Vikse, Lifestyle Editor

Spirited Away (HBO Max)

“Spirited Away” is one of my favorite films. Ever since I was little, I’ve been obsessed. This is a Studio Ghibli film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film follows Chihiro, a young girl moving to a new place and having to deal with some interesting and difficult decisions and situations. 

Even if you are not typically a fan of anime, this storyline is worth the watch. – Madelaine Vikse, Lifestyle Editor

Abbott Elementary (Hulu)

This new sitcom premiered in December and recently had its season finale two weeks ago which is why I am watching it now, so I can binge it all weekend. “Abbott Elementary” stars Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Chris Perfetti, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Lisa Ann Walter. 

The show follows a group of passionate teachers and an incompetent principal working in a Phildelpia public school trying their best to set their students up for success in life. It shows the struggles of teachers being underfunded and overwhelmed, but are still willing to give the best to their students.

I have had my eye on this show because Brunson, the creator of “Abbott Elementary,” used to work for Buzzfeed and ever since she left I have been following her career. I also used to watch Williams in “Everybody Hates Chris” when I was younger. – Daija Hammonds, Lifestyle Reporter