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…
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.
Errol Morris' Tabloid is one reason (out of many) that I love documentaries. Sure truth is often stranger than fiction... but how confidently are we able to delve into this supposed truth - especially one that is just so bat-shit preposterous? Indeed Morris, through a series of interviews, works on teasing out the details of this truly peculiar story that only gets weirder and weirder. However, by revealing these specifics only through those involved and not interrupting with his own perspective on the ordeal, he keeps the story ambiguous on all levels and, thus, sensational. In essence, the documentary works to highlight the media's role in spotlighting Ms. McKinney's controversial life, along with the perplexities in getting deeply involved with…
Another gem of a documentary from Errol Morris, this one ridiculing the British tabloids, Mormons, and the former beauty queen/call girl/kidnapper, who also had her dog cloned. A bizarre set of events that are fascinating and very creepy.
"Joyce McKinney is still working on her book.
Scotland Yard never pursued her extradition.
She lives with her 5 Booger clones: Booger-Hong, Booger-Ra, Booger-Mack, Booger-Park, and Booger-Lee."
The playful, curious side to Morris's probing is in full swing here. Nothing that's going to make you question the subjectivity of human experience, but what a story. The epilogue quoted above is almost bragging about how many weird nooks and crannies the tale has, giving three drastically different pieces of information, including the 2nd one, which was something I didn't even think about until it's brought up. Truth is stranger than fiction indeed. B
Great film, terrific style. Mormons, sex slavery, dog cloning...what a bizarre story! I had read about The Manacled Mormon before, but hearing the story told from the mouth of Joyce McKinney herself added a new perspective. It was also interesting to hear the story from other people who were directly involved in the caper.
This movie was shot with a lot of interesting style and more than a little humor. I found myself busting out laughing as a few points in the film, so the style matched the light-hearted nature of the subject matter.
If only The Manacled Mormon himself spoke on camera!
Though the story Tabloid tells took place before the disastrous digital age, the film works as a sort of prologue of contemporary celebrity society and tabloid journalism. It's far from his most heavyweight work---it ends abruptly and seems like it could've plunged further---but Tabloid finds Errol Morris as clever, mettlesome and involving as ever.
Very strange doc about a very strange person. Too bad the Mormon guy didn't want to be interviewed.
A tale so crazy and out there you would think it was an April Fools Day prank story. You get the feeling there is someone with out there with a butterfly net looking for her.
Morris is the master of placing doubt exactly where it is needed for his story-telling to keep the viewers not just engaged, but captivated.
There is so much going on in this story, and so much left unclear, but the biggest mystery still seems to be, as the Bleuth's would say: "Him?"
"The heart wants what it wants" blah blah blah. Why did Joyce McKinney originally and then continually pursue Kirk Anderson? She being who she is, and Mormonism being what it is, I guess we'll never know.
I can see why Morris felt that his presence, in the form of his audible questions and responses, was needed this time around, particularly in certain wonderful exchanges he has with Joyce. Still, more often than not it detracts, and I wish he had remained committed to making himself, as the filmmaker, anonymous, invisible, and unheard.
Who else but Errol Morris can make a documentary which grabs you for 90 minutes with a captivating and truly bizarre story, but afterwards leaves you scratching your head wondering what exactly happened? There's probably some clue in the film's title, but I'm not exactly sure what.
It's a jem of a bonkers story. I guess we're nostalgic for freshman year?
- For All Mankind
- 102 Minutes That Changed America
- Into Eternity
- The Village
- The House of the Devil
- I'm Still Here
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Handsome poster art.
- Mondo Cane
- The Moon And The Sledgehammer
- Grey Gardens
- Gates of Heaven
- The Late, Great Planet Earth