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!

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