Has there ever been a President of the United States as cool as Barack Obama? Probably not (and there won’t be for some time to come).
The 55-year-old is acting guest editor of this month’s Wired, once again professing his love for technology within the magazine’s pages.
Notably, he shared his eight favourite films and television shows from the sci-fi genre, the list containing primarily classics. See below.
Obama's 8 favourite sci-fi films and TV shows
2001: A Space Odyssey
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Star Trek (The Original Series)
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
The newest film on the list is last year’s The Martian, a film the President named his favourite film of 2015. Meanwhile, Obama has often cited Star Trek as having a major influence on his life, sitting down with Wired’s Editor-in-chief for a five-minute video in which he spoke candidly about the show’s effects on his upbringing.
The best films of 2016 (so far)
The best films of 2016 (so far)
This empowering spin-off sequel to the Rocky franchise sees Sylvester Stallone return as the personal trainer to Odonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his old rival-turned-compadre Apollo (Carl Weathers).
A grandstanding adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel. At Room's heart is two towering performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay as a mother and son who find freedom after being locked away by in a boxed building for years.
3/22 The Big Short
Plenty of The Big Short's charm is manifested in the way that it takes a clunky story (the 2007-8 financial crisis) and transforms it into a cinematic experience.
The facts speak for themselves in this Oscar-winning biographical film about four investigative journalists who uncover a scandal of child molestation in the Catholic church. Strong performances and a firm directorial presence in Tom McCarthy make Spotlight a worthy recipient of this year's Best Picture Oscar.
5/22 Bone Tomahawk
7/22 The Witch
Take any shot from Robert Eggers' assured debut - based on a New England folktale - and your spine will tingle. A masterclass in understatedness.
8/22 10 Cloverfield Lane
If you're going to unveil a secret sequel-of-sorts to 2008 hit Cloverfield, this is how you do it. Essentially a chamber piece set in the same world of Matt Reeves' original, 10 Cloverfield Lane will hold you in a vicelike grip until its closing frame.
Ben Wheatley's fifth feature as director may not be to everyone's tastes but, should you be up to it, there's a lot to take away from this adaptation of J.G. Ballard's dystopian tale.
Despite strong competition in the form of Finding Dory and Kubo and the Two Strings, Zootropolis - named Zootopia in the US - takes the trophy of 2016's greatest animated film.
12/22 Captain America: Civil War
Even those who aren't invested in superhero films will have a hard time keeping their breath in several of Civil War's action sequences.
13/22 Son of Saul
The haunting winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar, Son of Saul's technical mastery (courtesy of first-time director László Nemes) is backed up by a harrowingly real portrayal of life within a Nazi concentration camp.
14/22 Everybody Wants Some!!
Richard Linklater followed Boyhood with this charming coming-of-age story that bears similarity with 1993's Dazed and Confused. This time, our ensemble are a group of baseball-playing college freshmen. In the upper echelons of the year's best.
15/22 Green Room
16/22 Sing Street
17/22 Love and Friendship
19/22 The Neon Demon
20/22 Hell or High Water
21/22 Kubo and the Two Strings
22/22 Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Obama also praised Star Wars “because it was fun and revolutionised special effects,” calling it the ultimate science-fiction popcorn flick. Recently, POTUS revealed the five books he thinks everyone should have read over the summer, including - of course - some sci-fi novels.
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