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    Yeah regardless it certainly is

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    ^niiiiiiice!!!!!

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    What's their highest rated documentary? Just curious.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dewey View Post
    What's their highest rated documentary? Just curious.
    I'd like to know too. Didn't they premiere 'The Making of Thriller' back in the day? Long before I heard of Showtime. (I rented it).

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    Michael still breaking records I see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Themidwestcowboy View Post
    Michael still breaking records I see
    Another day, another slay for King MJ.

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    They are showing the documentary on TV today here in Finland. Can't wait to see it! I haven't got a change to watch it yet because I didn't buy it.

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    Yeah I would like to know #1... one crazy documentary I saw was 'The Imposter'.. special features on the DVD showcase actually that the person behind the imposter is actually a big MJ fan... Doc is not about MJ though at all!! Special features show this guy trying to dance and stuff though. Considering the footage was before youtube my guess is he had some bootlegs..
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    His records are still breaking! Off the Wall is a great album.

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    SAVE THE DATE! August 27th Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson returns to Prospect Park! #MJFor… https://www.instagram.com/p/BHHFKuNhp3d/



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    http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle...?event=event25

    Spike Lee screens Michael Jackson documentary on Vineyard

    Director Spike Lee appeared in front of a sold-out crowd at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival on Saturday evening. He was there to screen and discuss his new documentary about the King of Pop, “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall.” In the film, Lee chronicles Jackson’s musical evolution and contextualizes the pop star’s seminal 1979 album, exploring “Off the Wall” track by track. Lee also screened a moving short film that he made when he traveled with Jackson to Brazil to shoot a music video for his controversial single “They Don’t Care About Us.” Following the films, the director took questions from the 800-member audience. “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall” is Lee’s second full-length Jackson-centric documentary; “Bad 25,” about the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s 1987 album, came out in 2012.

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    I think I will see OTW doc again soon.

    I quite liked it the first time. - Maybe it's even better the 2nd time around.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Ahess/videos - me dancing MJ - many years ago.

    I would be really glad if you rated or/and commented the videos. Thanks

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    A screening with Spike Lee Q and A coming up in Montreal:

    Spike Lee returns to Montreal International Black Film Festival with Michael Jackson documentary

    Malcolm X was clearly a natural for Spike Lee to bring to the screen. But Michael Jackson?

    Perhaps not so obvious to some, but it makes perfect sense for those who have followed the arc of Lee’s career. Both Malcolm X and Jackson were African-American icons who made major impacts in their chosen paths, who constantly had to contend with racism (albeit on dramatically different levels and stages) and whose lives ended in such tragedy.

    Lee brings his latest, the documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, to the 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival team, which runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. As an added bonus, Lee will not only attend the Oct. 1 screening of the film at Concordia’s Hall Building Alumni Auditorium, he will also conduct a Q&A following it.

    Michael Jackson’s Journey, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, could almost be construed as a prequel to the director’s 2012 doc Bad 25, which marked the 25th anniversary of the Jackson disc Bad.

    But as the title to the new doc suggests, this one goes back to the King of Pop’s beginnings in 1965, when he was but a more innocent Prince of Pop, singing/strutting along with his brothers as the Jackson 5. Through vintage interview and concert footage, the film follows Jackson through the split from Motown to his groundbreaking 1979 solo disc, Off the Wall.

    Like much of Lee’s work, this one is illuminating, often provocative and unfailingly entertaining. There is one particularly telling scene, outside the period chronicled, during a 1981 concert, in which Jackson tells the crowd he doesn’t want to do any more “old stuff” because it’s, well, “old” – and so, too, are his brothers. Despite the crowd’s clamouring for past hits, Jackson announces he prefers to do new stuff. Nonetheless, he acquiesces to their demands, but for the benefit of the crowd – and not his brothers. Talk about foreshadowing.

    Lee has selected interview footage from an incredibly vast and rather eclectic bunch: Berry Gordy Jr., Brooke *******, Diana Ross, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Sidney Lumet and Kobe Bryant.

    As to what might have triggered Lee’s fascination with Jackson, perhaps this testimony from Lumet – who directed him in the smash 1978 musical The Wiz – might offer insight: “Michael may be the purest talent I’ve ever seen. He’s incapable of a false moment.” Or this nugget from basketball great Bryant: “It’s easy for people to get sidetracked. They talk about his complexion. They don’t focus on what this man was.”

    True. Jackson, who died seven years ago, was a perfectionist, and he created some of the most memorable music and dance in the last half-century. Perhaps this doc will be a reminder for those more familiar with his later-life slide, when Jackson became vilified by many.

    Lee also offers another explanation for his interest in Jackson.

    “He was born in ’58; I was born in ’57,” Lee says in a phone interview. “We’re from the same era. And I’m a big Michael Jackson fan, and this latest is another part of his story.”

    But Lee concedes his goal was also to help dispel the more negative images associated with Jackson in his later years.

    “When you’re one of the biggest ever, that’s going to happen. That was one of the chief reasons I did this. I wanted to focus on Michael Jackson’s genius, his humanity, his craft, his singing, his dancing … ”

    Lee last appeared at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in 2014, when he was presented with the festival’s inaugural Pioneer Award to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his landmark film, Do the Right Thing.

    And a pioneer, Lee is. He has gone into areas, particularly on the racial and political fronts, where few filmmakers have delved. He is also unpredictable.

    “I have to keep myself alert,” says Lee, whose next project is a 10-part Netflix series based on his first film, She’s Gotta Have It. “If I keep on doing the same thing again, it will be boring.”

    Regardless, Lee is obviously much aware of the madness going on around him. Just this week alone, there have been two incidents – in Charlotte, N.C. and Tulsa, Okla.– in which police shot and killed two African-Americans under questionable circumstances.

    “I’m trying to cope with a lot of prayer,” he says. “It’s a crazy, crazy world.”

    But he acknowledges that the Black Lives Matter movement is making an impact, bringing these issues to the forefront.

    “I think that non-black, non-brown people are suddenly coming to the realization that they’ve had a somewhat privileged life. Non-brown, non-black people are not being shot down all over America. This happens to be a fact.”

    Nor has the presence of Donald Trump helped to diffuse racial tensions.

    “The man appeals to the lowest common denominator – so there you go,” Lee says. “I fear (not just for the U.S., but for) the world if he gets elected. The president of the U.S. has the digits to the nuclear bomb. For Donald Trump to have the nuclear code, that’s nightmarish. That’s worse than Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.”

    Any thoughts about moving to these parts should The Donald get in?

    “I hope I don’t have to move, but … Toronto would be great, if I had to go,” he says, before quickly adding: “I love Montreal, but I don’t speak French.”

    It’s because Lee is a huge hoops fan (of the New York Knicks) and Toronto has an NBA team, the Raptors, and we don’t, right?

    Lee simply laughs. “We’re going to kick the Raptors in the butt this year. But I like Les Habitants,” Rangers fan Lee says in reference to our Habs. “I always respect greatness.”

    As do we.

    AT A GLANCE

    The Montreal International Black Film Festival runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 at various venues. Spike Lee’s documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall is being screened Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at Concordia’s Hall Building Alumni Auditorium (H-110), 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Lee will be on hand for the screening and for a Q&A following it. Tickets are $35. For full festival program and ticket information, visit montrealblackfilm.com


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