He followed up by tweeting his short list of screen favourites, which quickly drew online praise. His picks – which include the lauded Apollo 11, a documentary about the moon landing with archival and previously unreleased footage; The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s 3 1/2 hour mafia epic; and Little Women, Greta Gerwig’s decidedly more feminist take on the classic tale – would fit well within any critic’s list.

Notably absent was Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time. . . in Hollywood, a rumination on 1960s Hollywood set against the backdrop of the real-life Manson family murders (with a history-rewriting twist characteristic of the director).

His list of TV shows was far more brief and more in line with popular critical thinking. It included just three shows: BBC’s Fleabag (Season 2), Netflix’s Unbelievable and HBO’s Watchmen. The inclusion of “Fleabag” tickled many Twitter users, as one episode of the show features creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character conducting a sex act while watching the former president gives a speech on her laptop.

Obama, who has always shown an interest in pop culture, began his now-annual tradition of sharing his favorite film, television, literature and music from the past year when he was in the White House.

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