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Jackson’s ‘Moonwalker’ gets midnight movie treatment

Michael Jackson’s trippy 1988 film “Moonwalker” becomes a quirky midnight movie this weekend, thanks to the folks at Cool Cinemas. The flick will hit the screen locally at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Monroe Drive.

The bizzaro film essentially was created for the purposes of promoting Jackson’s “Bad” album. It also inadvertently ended up becoming a huge hit with Jackson’s small fry fans back in the then-burgeoning home video market.

“Moonwalker” includes the videos to the pop star’s hits “Man in the Mirror” and “Leave Me Alone” and the entire 45-minute short film of “Smooth Criminal” featuring actor Joe Pesci as a drug lord (whose goal, aside from chasing and shooting at Michael, is to get the world’s children hooked on dope, incidentally) and lots of Jackson-generated dancing. Oh, and did we mention that Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono is also in it?

The film also boasts an impressive career retrospective of Jackson (with lots of clips of him from his Jackson 5 days), “Badder,” a kiddie video cover of “Bad” by little kids dressed like the singer and “Speed Demon,” a Claymation short featuring a clay Jackson dancing with a rabbit named Spike.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Landmark Midtown Art Cinema serves wine and beer at its concession stand.

To order tickets in advance, go to: http://coolcinemas.eventbrite.com/

24 comments Add your comment

Mark

July 23rd, 2009
2:02 pm

Ummmm, no comment.

Ocie Creer

July 23rd, 2009
2:06 pm

Will this short viedo film of smooth criminal ever be release on DVD for the public to buy?

Jodi

July 23rd, 2009
2:33 pm

I guess money makes the world go around…I’ll pass. I’m sure there is an online version somewhere.

Integrity/Annette

July 23rd, 2009
3:43 pm

this is great. We love him so much…………..

Nikole

July 23rd, 2009
8:58 pm

I loved Moonwalker! It has never been released on DVD, in the US. So sad I am out of town.

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July 24th, 2009
12:24 am

[...] Film: “Moonwalker” Michael Jackson tribute, 11:55 p.m., Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, Atlanta. STORY. [...]

Rachad

July 24th, 2009
1:33 am

yeah it was relased on VHS in the late 80’s

Pam

July 24th, 2009
7:51 am

I have this in its entirety on VHS.

Mark

July 24th, 2009
12:49 pm

Who would want a child molester’s movie? Goodbye Mr. potato head.

Nicole

July 24th, 2009
1:44 pm

This movie was such a huge staple of my childhood! I’m saddened that its being sold on Amazon at outrageous prices just to exploit Michael and his death. For those of you who will not attend the screening, the entire movie is on youtube in 11 parts. Refer to Billiejeanboy’s channel and you can see a whirl of MJ video clips. RIP to the greatest entertainer and humanitarian that ever lived.. I love you, Michael!

Blaqdoll

July 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

There you people go with the child molester comments! That was never proven, he was never convicted and we were not there. I for one would love to have the Moonwalker on DVD. I loved that movie.

Mark

July 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

He was never convicted because he paid off the parents of the children. I, for one , am glad Mr. potatohead is dead. Rot in hell, wierdo!

Truth

July 24th, 2009
7:04 pm

Mark, do us all a big favor and go play on the downtown connector.

Lee

July 24th, 2009
9:05 pm

Mark, have some respect for the dead. You will one day have to take that same road, and I hope there are some nice thing said about you when your number is up. Michael R.I.P.

Mark

July 25th, 2009
1:34 pm

I have respect for the dead, but not dead child molesters. And Truth: You don’t know the truth.

mimi

July 27th, 2009
7:18 am

Enter your comments here

mimi

July 27th, 2009
7:19 am

WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL

FROM ENGLAND

XXXXXX

mimi

July 27th, 2009
7:19 am

we love u michael

from england

xxx

cc

July 27th, 2009
7:20 am

we love u michael

greatest entertainer ever

from london, .uk

xx

Mark

July 27th, 2009
11:41 am

Mimi and cc: The child molesting POS is dead. He can’t hear you fools.

Mark

July 27th, 2009
11:42 am

Enter your comments here

Mark

July 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

I wonder if Michael Jackson will donate his organs to children, just like he did when he was alive.

Mark-potatohead

August 1st, 2009
2:00 am

Mark, consider yourself already dead – because you are no one and will be no one, so you may just go rot in hell right now:) Plus there is no doubt you are a child molester. I have no proof, but we don’t need it here, right?

Mark

August 2nd, 2009
12:59 pm

Mark-potatohead: Put it on toast, fool. MJ was a pedophile, and everyone but your kind don’t believe it. He paid off the parents of the children. Fact. Try to keep up, moron.