And an unapologetic Rihanna
HONOURABLE MENTION: Life of Pi ( Nov. 21). This movie is about a boy shipwrecked on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger. When I first heard the premise, I thought we were finally getting the untold Charlie Sheen origin story. The tiger blood? The assassin skills? All explained by Charlie’s four- legged mentor from childhood! The truth is this Ang Lee film is based on the award- winning novel by Canada’s Yann Martel. It’s the touching story of the son of a zookeeper stranded in the open sea and fighting for survival alongside a highly unlikely companion. BIG EVENT: BAD 25 ( Nov. 22, CTV Two, 8: 30 p. m. BIG PICTURE: Spike Lee pays tribute to Michael Jackson’s iconic album on its 25th anniversary. And he doesn’t do it alone. The director interviews Jackson’s collaborators like Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder, as well as modern superstars who were inspired by Jackson such as Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Cee Lo Green. Confession: Jackson’s Bad album inspired me to wear a black leather jacket with silver buckles as my “go to” date jacket during high school. It was sadly ineffective at convincing any girl I was “bad.” Michael could pull it off, but he should have warned the rest of us. FORECAST: BAD 25 premiered at TIFF but this is the doc’s Canadian television premiere. With archival footage from studio sessions and video music shoots, the film offers a unique glimpse into the makings of one of the most treasured pop albums of all- time. ( I’m still waiting for Justin Bieber to emulate MJ and come out with his “Rad” album.) HONOURABLE MENTION: Mankind: The Story of All of Us ( Nov. 19, History, 8 p. m. This 12- part series tells the history of the human race — the epic tale of how we went from primitive hunter- gatherers to sophisticated hunter- gatherers of homemade animal videos and sex tapes on the Internet. Mankind will cover our species major milestones, including the fall of Rome, the discovery of the New World, the Industrial Revolution... and, presumably, the discovery of Channing Tatum’s abs.