President Obama Says ‘Boyhood’ is His Favorite Movie of 2014 (and the First Lady Disses ‘Gone Girl’)
It’s no secret that President Barack Obama is a film and TV buff. You may recall him organizing a private White House screening of ‘Lincoln’ back in 2012 or asking HBO for screeners of ‘True Detective’ last year. He may be tasked with keeping the country from descending into total chaos, but the man still finds time to catch up pop culture. And he seems to have good taste! In a recent interview, he revealed that Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is his favorite film of 2014.
Speaking with People Magazine (via Politico), the President briefly stepped away from slightly more serious subjects to talk movies. It turns out that he agrees with our own Matt Singer: Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making epic is the best movie of the year. Here’s the quote:
Boyhood was a great movie. That, I think, was my favorite movie this year.
How cool must it feel to know that the President of the United States watched and loved your movie? Even if you don’t like Obama, there’s something really special about making something that connects with one of the most powerful people in the world in such a strong way. Although it probably helps that ‘Boyhood’ actually features a scene where Ethan Hawke goes door-to-door to support the then-Senator Obama, even going so far as to tear down a McCain/Palin sign.
Michelle Obama also chimed in on the movies of 2014, but in a less flattering way. Take a seat, David Fincher. This may hurt a little:
I've read others [since, but] I read 'Gone Girl' a couple summers ago, which is one of my favorites. The book is much better than the movie.
Ouch. Thankfully, Fincher has the film’s massive financial and critical success to fall back on. Because seeing your movie dissed by the First Lady has got to sting a little.