While the late, great Michael Jackson is most famous for his music, the man loved to make movies about himself and his songs, and as a megastar he had his pick of some of the most respected directors of our time. Granted, not all of the films were very good, and most were simply long-form music videos, but all were jam-packed full of enough ideas to make a feature-length movie out of. In honor of the man, what say we get today's hottest directors to remake his films? (We'll leave the challenge of recasting the Jackson role to more talented casting directors than ourselves.)
This Is It was an eye opener in many ways. Not only did it show us an extremely bare-bones version of what might have become the most spectacular concert series in the history of music, it also showed us a still-phenomenal Michael Jackson taking a hands-on approach to bring the music and performance up to the level he wanted. Granted, we would have liked to hear him sing a little bit more (most of his songs he barely oralized, in order to conserve his voice and perfect his moves), but we did hear and see a few things that shone a little light on the man and his methods.
"What have you done to Michael Jackson?" When Said Taghmaoui spoke those words in Three Kings, it kicked off one of the most bizarre exchanges and gruesome torture scenes in the history of cinema. And that's just from talking about the guy! Jackson's actual film appearances have been few and far-between, but he's worked with some of America's greatest directors and helped created some of film's most indelible images. From horror to crime to sci-fi, from John Landis to Martin Scorcese to Francis Ford Coppola, we ran down all of Jackson's greatest film appearances -- movies and television -- in honor of the release of This Is It, his final concert film. Check out our Michael Jackson Movie Guide, and let us know your favorite below.
If you didn't see today's movie DVD releases in the theaters, don't worry -- you didn't miss much. In fact, most of these movies are best enjoyed on DVD, for both financial and multi-tasking reasons. Put them on in the background as you crochet and/or drink.