Neil deGrasse Tyson, a protege of Carl Sagan, says “Contact” is one of his favorite science-fiction movies. No wonder. Sagan wrote the book.

Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks as host of the Apollo 40th anniversary celebration held at the National Air and Space Museum, Monday, July 20, 2009, in Washington. Photo by Bill Ingalls via NASA
So what is Tyson’s other favorite flick?

He calls “Matrix” a masterpiece and “brilliant” — although he has some problems with the science involved.

In any case, Tyson has been appearing in a series of videos at TechInsider that fuse science and pop culture, such as his analysis of how Batman can beat Superman. (An upcoming movie deals with their battle.)

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