Looks like Barack Obama has been keeping up with Hollywood this year.
The 44th President of the United States has shared a list of his favourite films from 2018 that he found “most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved.”
Obama selected 15 movies in total and they range from cinematic to streaming service releases, superhero movies to documentaries.
Here is the complete list:
- Black Panther
- The Death of Stalin
- Eighth Grade
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- Leave No Trace
- Minding the Gap
- The Rider
- Support the Girls
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Some of the filmmakers reached out to the President to thank him for including their films on his list.
Armando Iannucci wrote and directed the political satire The Death of Stalin.
— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) December 28, 2018
Shoplifters is directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Thank you for the love, Mr. President. pic.twitter.com/r0HIqBvbYz
— Shoplifters (@ShopliftersFilm) December 29, 2018
Anjali Kumar, a board director of PBS, celebrated Minding the Gap being on the list.
— Anjali Kumar (@anjalikumar) December 29, 2018
Co-writer and star of Blindspotting Rafael Casal was also pretty chuffed with the endorsement.
Me, all morning: “Oh, The Obamas and I?” pic.twitter.com/OXW95JOqcl
— RAFAEL CASAL (@RafaelCasal) December 28, 2018
Films like Roma and Annihilation are available on Netflix while some won’t be out in cinemas until 2019.
If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins, is set for release in the UK on 18 January.