Featuring Amazing Grace, Watchmen, Parasite, The Last Black Man in San Francisco and more.
Continuing a tradition that dates back to his presidency, Barack Obama has shared a list of his favorite big and small screen titles from 2019.
Well-rounded as ever, Obama’s film selections range from the critically-acclaimed Aretha Franklin concert film, Amazing Grace, to Bong Joon-ho’s scathing capitalist critique/allegory, Parasite, to Martin Scorcese’s latest crime drama, The Irishman. On the TV side of his intake, the former president lists Watchmen, Unbelievable and the second season of Fleabag as his top picks.
Obama also shared his standout reads of the year, which included Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise, Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing: Resisting The Attention Economy, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, and more.
Comb through both lists below.
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Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019. This year’s list includes everything from explorations of class dynamics and relationships, to an inspired reboot of a classic graphic novel, to a portal back to one of the most special places in history — an Aretha Franklin concert. Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar. It’s our first offering in partnership with Netflix, and I’m excited about the other projects we’ve got in the works. Here’s the full list: