‘Queen’s Gambit’: A risk viewers won’t regret taking

The opening of a show is akin to that of a chess opening. The first few minutes of the game determines the flow and rhythm of the players involved, much like how the first few minutes of a show sets its atmosphere, pace, and tone of the plot’s characters and setting. Netflix’s new mini-series “The Queen’s Gambit” is about a chess wunderkind, immediately invokes a theme of genius and madness colliding into one another. The opening scene follows a young woman waking up in her …

Netflix Original “Wine Country” is a recipe for crying and sharing feelings

Netflix’s new release “Wine Country” stars comedians Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and more. It tells the story about a group of friends who met in the 90’s while working in Chicago as waitresses at a pizza parlor named Antonio’s. In this film the friends take a trip to Napa to celebrate their friend Rebecca (Rachel Dratch) 50th birthday. Anxious yet mellow Rebecca is a therapist who has not accepted the fact her husband Brian does not do anything to contribute or benefit her in life. …