The president has spoken! President Barrack Obama declared “Boyhood” as his favorite movie of 2014. Read on for more details.
In an interview with People magazine, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama shared their own racist experiences and spilled their personal favorite movie of the year.
President Obama had high praises for the Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” “Boyhood was a great movie. That, I think was my favorite movie this year,” the president said.
“Boyhood” was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and tells the nostalgic story of growing up through the eyes of a young man named Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane). It seems like President Obama isn’t alone in keeping “Boyhood” in their list of favorites, as the film seems to have won nods from critics, scoring 99 percent on the Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.
“An exceptionally well-crafted coming-of-age story,” reviewed James Berardinelli of ReelViews.
“Boyhood” has also garnered several nominations from the Golden Globes, London Critics’ Circle Films Awards and Gotham Awards amongst others.
The first lady, on the other hand, isn’t quite fond of movies and prefers to talk books.
“I read ‘Gone Girl’ a couple summers ago, which is one of my favorites,” said Mrs. Obama. The first lady continued to review the movie and how it fared against the book, saying, “The book is much better than the movie.”
The interview continued with heavier topics, such as the couple’s own racist experiences.
“He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee,” recalled Ms. Obama during the time before her husband became the president.
She shared her own racist experiences even as the first lady during a trip to Target.
“The only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf,” said the first lady.
Mrs. Obama described these instances as things that happen in life and that such instances aren’t anything new.
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” said the president. He added that he has previously experienced this himself.
“It’s one thing for me to be mistaken as a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress,” the president added.
The exclusive interview with the president and first lady is included in the new issue of People magazine, out on newsstands Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.
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