Looking for Ideas for Your Next Movie Night? Barack Obama Shares His Favourites

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At the end of each year, former US President Barack Obama shares his favourites list, covering films, books and music. 2021 is no different with the one time POTUS sharing the flicks he loved best over the course of the year in a social media post.

Included on the list were Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, which opens in HOYTS cinemas on Boxing Day, and Australian director Jane Campion’s Power of the Dog

Obama also revealed that he loved Rebecca Hall’s Passing, Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of MacBeth and Mike Mills’ C’mon, C’mon, all of which are expected to be major Oscars contenders.

Elsewhere on the list was 2021 Oscar contender Judas and the Black Messiah which stars Daniel Kaluuya and Lakieth Stanfield in a biopic about the late Fred Hampton who was the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.

Nicholas Cage vehicle Pig also got a mention, as did Old Henry and The Card Counter. Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel also made the cut, but his other 2021 film, House of Gucci, did not.

On the foreign film front, Obama said he loved Drive My Car — a Japanese film about a widowed actor and the bond he strikes up with his chauffeur — as well as the Norwegian film The Worst Person in the World and Jasmila Žbanić’s Quo Vadis, Aida, a 2020 Bosnian war film.

“Each of these films tells a powerful story, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did,” Obama wrote in the post that accompanied his list.

The 45th President previously shared his favourite books for the year with titles such as The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton, The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City by Andrea Elliott and Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead all getting a mention on the list, among many others.

He is expected to share his favourite music of 2021 shortly.

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