I’ll admit it: During President Obama’s eight years in the White House I never once thought about a hypothetical situation where he and I might sit down and discuss such important issues as global warming, inflation, political graft or any number of other urgent and pressing matters. Nope, what this red-blooded pop culture geek fantasized about instead was chewing the fat with him about River Phoenix movies, debating him about whom was the better Frankenstein Monster – Karloff or Strange – his thoughts on Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life and his breakdown on Citizen Kane and the real meaning of Rosebud; y’know, the important stuff. Of course I’m about 200% positive that I’ll never actually have my nerd tete a tete come to fruition, but in the meantime I can at least sate my itch to bend the former President’s ear with pop bric-a-brac thanks in no small part to Obama’s annual list of his favorite movies which have thrilled and entertained all of us over the last twelve months.
Our handy-dandy pals over at Variety have released President Barack Obama’s yearly Best Of list for the movies of 2022 and there are some neat surprises to be had on this eagerly looked forward to roll call.
“I saw some great movies this year,” Obama stated about his seventeen choices for best movies of 2022. “Here are some of my favorites. What did I miss?”
Barack Obama’s Top 17 Films of 2022
Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick, Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” Park Chan-wook’s “Decision to Leave,” Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “The Woman King,” Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun,” John Patton Ford’s “Emily the Criminal,” Celine Sciamma’s “Petite Maman,” Margaret Brown’s “Descendant,” Audrey Diwane’s “Happening,” Chinonye Chukwu’s “Till,” Daniels’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Fernando León de Aranoa’s “The Good Boss,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy,” Asghar Farhadi’s “A Hero,” Panah Panahi’s “Hit the Road,” Todd Field’s “Tar” and Kogonada’s “After Yang.”
While I could quibble with some of the omissions – What, no Menu?!? – this is a solid list worthy of the late, great Roger Ebert and, hey, one of my faves from this year (Tar) caught his attention – YAY! Bonus points for the mental image of Obama relaxing in a local movie house with a gallon-sized Coca-Cola and a box of Goobers as he enjoys the latest bit of Hollywood magic. Does it get any better than that?