Documentaries on Netflix You NEED to Watch



Documentaries are the best way to procrastinate because you feel slightly more productive that watching a TV show you "JUST have to" catch up. Documentaries can teach you something, make you feel something and that is why they feel ever so slightly more fulfilling. The word "documentary" has been tarnished with shoddy directing and lazy research - this is really sad. I have seen many documentaries: some brilliant, some awful and some that I just do not want to think about again! I wanted to talk about some of my favourite documentaries, all of which are on Netfilx so you can watch them ASAP!



1) 13TH

I don't even have words for the power of this documentary. Its focus is around the criminal justice system in America and how it revolved around controlling race. Its name comes from the 13th Amendment that says slavery is outlawed unless as punishment for the crime. It is espeically relevent today with the state of America today. This documentary received mass praise and even won an Oscar. This is how a documentary should be done!

My Score 9/10


2) She's Beautiful When She's Angry

I never thought a documentary would inspire as much as this one did. The documentary is a comprehensive recollection of the women’s rights movement in 1960's America. It’s feisty and provocative, I left this documentary feeling inspired!

My Score: 8.5/10

3) Janis: Little Girl Blue

This is a little lighter than other documentaries I have recommended. I am a real big fan of Janis Joplin, but even if you're not this documentary is incredibly touching. You see the rise and decline of such a wonderful woman, narrated by the letters she wrote to her family throughout her career which adds a real personal and authentic touch to the documentary.

My Score: 7/10

4) Blackfish

 This one is iconic by now. It is a brilliantly researched and directed documentary and the only reason that it isn't further up my list is because I'm pretty sure you've already seen it. If you haven't seen it, watch it now. It documents the killings of people at the hands (fins?) of SeaWorld Orca, Tilikum. However, rather than demonizing the animal it reveals mistreatment of the Orcas in SeaWorld that lead to his violent outburst. It sparked mass protest against the encagement of these highly intelligent mammals. It was criticised for being propaganda, but if you watch it with a critical mind you can see that everything that they are saying is researched and logical.

My Score: 8/10

5) The Hunting Ground

A documentary exposing the rape crimes across college campus' across America that were neglected both by the law and the colleges. This documentary is not quite as entertaining as the other political documentaries in the list -13th, She's Beautiful When She's Angry or Blackfish, but it is interesting, provocative and worth a watch.


My Score: 7/10

#NatWatches





Growing up I really was not that fussy about what I watched. Some of my favourite films were great films - like The Goonies or Back to the Future - however most of what I watched was out of convenience rather than choice. I watched and listened what my parents were watching and listening. Then when I was thirteen I got my first laptop - this was the first time that I had control over what I could watch or listen to. Rather than choosing to watch great films or listen to great music, I gravitated towards YouTube and I listened to whatever was popular. Around about 2012 was when YouTube really started to kick off and the rise of the vlogger began and I was fully engaged with it. It wasn't really until I started college that I realised I had very little knowledge about actual culture, just lots and lots of knowledge about internet culture. I felt kind of behind a lot of my peers in that sense, so I decided I was going to re-educate myself.

In 2015, I deleted all the music from my iTunes account. I set myself the challenge of properly listening to at least one new album/artist a week. Throughout 2015 and 2016 I found some of my favourite artists such as Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, Radiohead and so many more (but I'll do another post about them some other time). I also caught up on a lot of TV shows that I was lagging in, such as Game of Thrones, Bates Motel, AHS and Peaky Blinders.


Honestly, I have watched A LOT of films. What I haven't watched a lot of is GOOD films. This is something I really want to do. After watching The Shawshank Redemption last year, I realised the power of an amazing film, in was honestly inspiring. Before that film I definitely gravitated more to books if wanted powerful story. After the film I felt inspired to watch more like it, it made me want to make something that outstanding. That was the film that properly sparked a new obsession within me. 

Hopefully, every week I'm going to watch a new film - either from the top 250 on imbd or on recommendation - and then write a blog post on it so I can properly lay out and remember everything about that film. This is going to be my #NatWatches series on my blog. 

I've already watched some amazing films this year, such as:
- Taxi Driver
- Psycho
- The Nice Guys
- American Beauty
- La La Land


So expect reviews and thoughts on them soon! Until then, thank you for reading!

Why Dirty Dancing is my Favourite Film

Dirty Dancing is Iconic!


Dirty Dancing is an iconic and timeless film for a reason. You have the lift (you know the one that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling do in Crazy, Stupid, Love?) and the line ("No one puts Baby in the corner"). If you watch it for no other reason, watch it because you need to at least once. Get a hot choccie and enjoy a feel good experience like no other. This, I know, is a stretch of a reason to watch a film, so I'm going to give you four more reasons to jump on this band wagon.

It Comments on the Class System in America



"Some people count and some people don't" - Robbie Gould - ouch. The film is frustrating and aggrivating. At points you want to scream at the screen because of class discrimination. The message is a serious and strong one about how the lower classes are treated, however it doesn't seem forced or initimatidating which is what makes it so good.

It Addresses Privilege Excellently 



Sometimes it takes a couple of watches to get past the cheese,  but if you take away the romance and dancing it's a story about a Middle-Class girl actually learning what it's like to not be middle class. There's a scene where Penny tells Baby how she was kicked out of her home and learned to dance so she could get work; Baby said she "envied her". Then there is where Baby asks her Dad for £250 to help Penny, which is more money than any of the staff at the resort could cumulate in a few weeks let alone overnight. The whole film leads up to Baby's realisation that for some people problems aren't that easily solved; for some people they do just have the short end of the stick and that's how it is. It sounds quite sad really, but that's why we have Patrick Swayze!


"You don’t understand the way it is; I mean for somebody like me. Last month, I’m-I-I’m eating Jujubes to keep alive, this month women are stuffing diamonds in my pockets." -Johnny

Low-Key Feminist Vibes




"That was the summer of 1963 when everybody called me 'Baby', and it didn't occur to me to mind. "

and 

"This is a family place. That means you keep the fingers out of the water, hair out of the soup and show the god-damn daughters a good time. All the daughters - even the dogs".

And an Amazing Soundtrack



Ahem.