Barack Obama is more than just one of the most beloved presidents in history – he’s also indisputably cool. And to prove it, he’s shared his top movies of 2019. As you may expect, the list features some of the most critically acclaimed, sophisticated indie flicks of the year. Did your 2019 favorite make the exclusive list?
The forty-fourth President of the United States, Obama smashed barriers by becoming the first-ever African-American leader of our country.
The Illinois Democrat had started his career in politics as a senate who focused on the legislation on ethics, as well as the expansion of health care services and early childhood education programs for the poor.
Obama cut taxes for working families, small businesses and first-time home buyers, and he stuck to his promise of tackling financial reform, alternative energy and reinventing education and health care.
And gained a strong and loyal fan base as a result of his progressive views on social issues such as same-sex marriage and gun control.
Obama fans far and wide were devastated when he was eventually replaced with our current POTUS, Donald Trump, in 2017.
He just seems to be an all-around cool guy!
Because Obama has shared a list of his favorite movies from 2019 – and it’s undeniably cool.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
This documentary was actually produced by the Obamas’ studio – so it’s not surprising it made the cut.
Or, as IMDB puts it, “In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.”
Another documentary – this time about the icon that is Aretha Franklin.
IMDB calls it, “a documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with the choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.”
It seems Obama is a documentary fan – as this is the third on his list.
IMDB’s description reads, “a look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.”
This Chinese movie is a little-known addition to the list.
But it’s not light viewing. IMDB calls it, “a story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.”
This French drama is directed by Mati Diop – the first woman of color to compete in the Cannes film festival.
“Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another,” says IMDB.
This crime drama deals predominantly with the drug trafficking industry.
“During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture,” writes IMDB.
This indie comedy became a cult hit over the past year.
“On the eve of their high school graduation, 2 academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night,” says IMDB.
This Brazilian drama truly tugs at the heartstrings.
“As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she’d sooner forget than face,” as IMDB puts it.
This comedy has a surprisingly big heart.
IMDB says, “a Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.”
This movie is based on the real story of Le Mans in 1966.
IMDB’s description reads, “American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.”
This Scorcese epic is the longest movie on the list.
And according to IMDB, the movie deals with “a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.”
Another movie based on a true story, this gets into the problems of the U.S. justice system.
And, as IMDB puts it, “World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.”
It stars Jimmie Fails, who also co-wrote the movie.
“A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind,” summarises IMDB.
This Greta Gerwig remake of the Louisa May Alcott classic has had rave reviews.
Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, and Meryl Streep all take on roles in this classic coming of age drama.
This movie quickly became the subject of many memes – but it’s also incredibly well-acted.
“Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together,” IMDB says.
“Jobless, penniless, and, above all, hopeless, the unmotivated patriarch, Ki-taek, and his equally unambitious family–his supportive wife, Chung-sook; his cynical twentysomething daughter, Ki-jung, and his college-age son, Ki-woo–occupy themselves by working for peanuts in their squalid basement-level apartment.”
“Now, the stage seems set for an unceasing winner-take-all class war. How does one get rid of a parasite?”
The movie spans genres of crime, drama, and romance.
“A young film student in the early ’80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man,” writes IMDB.
His final movie is sci-fi hit, Transit.
“A man attempting to escape Nazi-occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed,” reads the description.
Obama also shared some of his favorite TV shows.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy took the world by storm this year.
“A comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy,” says IMDB.
This drama is based on a true story and discusses the issues of how rape is dealt with in the USA.
“Based on the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed the path to the truth,” IMDB reads.
This action drama is a unique take on the superhero genre.
IMDB says, “set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.”
But as many have pointed out, it seems weirdly light on Netflix movies – particularly considering it’s the streaming service the Obamas partnered with for their movie!
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