Every documentary I have seen (or at least can recall seeing) ranked. This list will constantly be updated and rearranged
A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.
[✓] a beauty queen
[✓] nun disguises
[✓] alleged rape of a man by a woman
[ ] me having any clue what actually happened
I need to watch more Errol Morris documentaries.
I usually decide pretty quickly when hearing someone talk or learning about a story such as the saga explored in TABLOID what the truth is. People tend to project innocence or guilt, especially when certain things don't quite seem right. For example, when Joyce McKinney says "Thank God for all those years of drama school," that sets off a mini alarm. On the other hand, there's Mormonism, which is pretty strange. And not in an I'm-just-ignorant sort of way...it really is unusual. Then again, Joyce reports her IQ as being over 160, but her image is projected as a pretty blonde dummy. Something about that seems off. But wait, he just disappeared one day without even saying goodbye? Stop, hold…
Errol Morris is the undoubted king of documentaries and he has found a great story not only in the salacious material and a central character that is pure cinematic gold but also in the timely warning of how far the tabloid press will go in uncovering a story no matter how morally dubious their means or motives are. Joyce McKinney, the woman at the heart of the story, is an unreliable but fascinating figure. She appears to be a complete fantasist who was desperate for attention until she discovered the attention came at a price. Whilst she undoubtedly makes for compelling viewing there is a mean spirited quality to the documentary. Although providing a platform for her interpretation of events…
This is my second viewing of this film. My wife said she in the mood to either watch a documentary or a comedy. I decided "why not do both"?
I will say though, I found this film a bit more disturbing this time through. Perhaps it is because I have been studying mental disorders in my psych class. The focus of this film is a former beauty pageant winner with a mysterious past. She falls in love (obsessive like) with a mormon that may or may not have felt the same way about her.
He disapears and she stalks him. Eventually kidnapping him and "forces" him to have sex with her. The police find out, and the story makes all…
Mad as a box of frogs, but amazing. That picture of her dressed as a nun is fucking fabulous
vibrante filme sobre la imposibilidad de la verdad y la posibilidad de la clonación de perritos.
People can be fucking crazy. And I'm not just talking about Joyce McKinney.
This is such a disaster of a story that you'd forget the film is 90% interview footage. And weirdly, like a victim of kidnapping, I sort of love Joyce McKinney. Am I wrong in feeling that?
“Sometimes when you tell a lie enough, you start to believe it.”
Led by the firsthand account of all-American, one time beauty queen Joyce McKinney, Tabloid is a documentary about truth, storytelling and the hunt for an ever juicier headline. Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris pops together energetic interviews with key players from the 'Mormon Sex in Chains' story: a tabloid sensation in the 1970s.
Keeping the tempo up, Morris boisterously chops in archival photos and cute tabloid-style intertitles to punctuate, underline and otherwise enhance the recounting.
Joyce is both an admirable and tragic figure, part of me feels like Morris should've gone one step further and implicated his own exploitation of her into this documentary.
What an outrageous, weird and bizarrely entertaining story!
The more you learn the less you know. What a story. The characters are truly something else!
Yet, another story that's too crazy to be made up. The last 3rd sort of lost it's relevance to the rest of the film. That being said, I'm still super glad it was in the film because this chick is nuts!
A pretty bonkers story that is ripe for a documentary. Morris though doesn't really do much except film people talking to camera and he doesn't any of the questions you really want answered, or even appear interested in getting to the bottom of it. It feels like he has a soft spot for the main woman and doesn't want to go open up any can of worms that might make her uncomfortable. The tabloid guys don't seem at all worried at what a bunch of bastards they come across as, especially the guy from The Mirror.
No, seriously: WTF?!
Errol Morris is damn brilliant.
I can't seem to get off this documentary kick. Anyhow, watching Tabloid, I couldn't help but be reminded of the virtuosic narrative weaving of Thin Blue Line, which isn't terribly surprising considering who's behind the camera. All the same, I was a little let down in the end, not because of the actual content (which is engrossing as always), and especially not because of the interviewees who are somehow just as strange as Morris's subjects tend to be. Rather, I found myself wishing that this story could somehow be made more complicated. More viewpoints brought in, more real substance extrapolated. I guess that's not really fair because it's not much of a complaint with the film (with the exception of…
I don't know if I can think of any filmmaker with as consistently great a track record as Morris.