Barack Obama’s Favorite TV Shows and Movies of 2019, Revealed

by Jeremy Spirogis
Former U.S. President Barack Obama

While you’d suppose that former President Barack Obama would have an excessive amount of on his plate to remain up-to-date on the most recent hit films, music albums, and books, it’s clear to his social media followers that, irrespective of how busy he’s, leisure stays a precedence. Obama lately launched lists of his favourite books, TV reveals, and flicks from 2019 to his followers on Instagram and Twitter. Saying that every one of his chosen favorites “made the last year a little brighter,” Obama has shared his favorites like this for the previous few years.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama
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Barack Obama’s high film picks from 2019

The 58-year-old former president shared his picks for his favourite 2019 films earlier than celebrating the brand new yr.

Among them was Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever. Booksmart debuted in March and facilities round two highschool seniors who remorse how a lot time they spent learning versus having enjoyable. The movie earned Feldstein a Golden Globes’ nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

Another in style selection amongst Obama’s favorites is Netflix’s The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese. This movie stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci and has had excessive reputation on the streaming website since its launch on the finish of November.

Another current Netflix movie that made Obama’s listing was Marriage Story, a movie portraying a household working via their separation starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and directed by Noah Baumbach. Netflix has raised its bar this yr, releasing extra authentic content material than any yr prior.

Included in Obama’s listing of favorites was additionally the movie American Factory that he and his spouse, Michelle, launched with their new manufacturing firm, Higher Ground Productions. Higher Ground partnered with Netflix for American Factory. Telling the story of a Chinese firm’s manufacturing facility in Ohio, the documentary is the primary movie created by the Obamas’ manufacturing firm.

Barack Obama’s high TV picks from 2019

Though he solely listed a number of, Obama’s TV selections make it clear that the previous president is a fan of dramas.

Fleabag, from Amazon Prime, acquired a point out and the present’s official Twitter account promptly tweeted a response that they have been appreciative of his approval. Fleabag is a comedy-drama that showcases the lifetime of a younger girl dwelling in London

Watchmen, a superhero drama from HBO, additionally bought a shoutout from Obama, as did Unbelievable from Netflix, a true-crime restricted sequence that follows detectives uncovering the reality about an alleged rape.

All three reveals are solely out there through subscription or premium cable however are among the many highest-rated on their respective platforms. While he solely listed these three, he said that he thought of them “as powerful as movies” and his selections make it clear that he’s a fan of highly effective and shifting leisure, in each films and tv.

Barack Obama’s high e book picks from 2019

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Over the subsequent few days, I’ll be sharing my annual listing of favorites — books, movies, and music — with all of you. This has develop into a enjoyable little custom for me, and I hope it’s for you, too. Because whereas every of us has a lot that retains us busy—work and household life, social and volunteer commitments—retailers like literature and artwork can improve our day-to-day experiences. They’re the material that helps make up a life—the album that lifts us up after a protracted day, the dog-eared paperback we seize off the shelf to provide to a friend, the film that makes us suppose and really feel in a brand new manner, works that merely assist us escape for a bit. To begin, listed here are the books that made the final yr a little bit brighter for me. Most of them got here out in 2019, however a number of have been older ones that have been new to me this yr. I hope you get pleasure from them as a lot as I did.

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Along with sharing his favourite films and TV reveals from the previous yr, Obama additionally listed his favourite e book suggestions from 2019. Like previous years, many of the books he shared are historic non-fiction and a few literary novels.

Saying that literature and artwork are helpful as retailers that “can enhance our day-to-day experiences,” that is the second time this yr that he’s taken to sharing a few of his favourite reads of the yr.

Included in his end-of-the-year listing are Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, a novel concerning the migrant disaster; Normal People by Sally Rooney, a quiet and quaint love story that’s being tailored right into a TV present by Hulu; and The Topeka School by Ben Lerner, which explores identities amongst white males.

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