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I thought I knew all things MJ until I watched Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Bad25 documentary last night. It was wonderfully entertaining with exclusive footage and interviews from the people who took part of making the “Bad” record and short films. I’m forgetful, but not usually when it comes to MJ, so it was news to me that Whitney Houston was supposed to duet with Michael Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” but didn’t because her record label thought she’d be overexposed. I can only imagine how amazing that would’ve been.

After watching this documentary, Michael’s friendship with Liza Minnelli now makes so much sense to me. Little did I realize how influential her parents were to his artistry. A while ago I posted the similarity between his 1995 “Dangerous” MTV performance with a Judy Garland performance. It turns out her husband, Vincent Minnelli’s inspired him as well. In the documentary they show how MJ’s “Smooth Criminal” paid homage to the movie Bandwagon’s “Girl Hunt” segment directed by Vincent Minnelli. Check it out.

Spike Lee did such a great job on this documentary, I’m going to have to add it to my collection.

Spike Lee On Doing MJ Documentary