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.
My first Errol Morris Documentary:
Only thing here that takes me off the "loved it" train is how Morris attacked it; that is, the tongue-in-cheek biased nature of the film (but good luck trying to tell a story this crazy without going, "yeah, okay,").
Because when you do that, you get sued by a crazy white woman, although I'm sure she's the least of Morris' worries...
Jin Han Hong is easily one of the most unsettling personalities that I've ever encountered.
Watch it; it's short and it's fun.
(Quick side note: Was gonna watch the copy of Highlander that I borrowed from a friend but the disc was missing from the case. Kinda glad it was.)
Tabloid is the story of a woman's unbelievable capacity for love and the journey she took to find herself during the darkest moments of her life.
Naw, just kidding. It's about an insane, obsessive woman who can't let things go and lies a lot. Errol Morris is one of my favorite storytellers and he did a great job here. Unfortunately, as is often the case with Morris's films, he does not get every angle of the story being told and that tends to leave things feeling a little lopsided at times.
If you're interested in the story of a woman who has clearly lied so much that she's begun to believe her own lies and spends a fair amount of time hiding behind questionable acting skills and her love of God, then you should definitely check this out.
Manipulative, unnecessary retelling of a 30-year-old story that acts holier than all its subjects, but is ultimately no better than the tabloid journalists it interviews.
Morris at his best. Tongue-in-cheek, entertaining, subversive. A bit lighter than his other stuff--he doesn't maintain so much of his characteristic lack of bias here. Maybe he's been watching too much Herzog lately.
Los angeles ca
What a crazy dame!
There could be no better time, or atmosphere, for the release of Errol Morris’s newest documentary, Tabloid, than today. While the world is focused on the potentially criminal and atrocious misdeeds of Rupert Murdoch, a tabloid king and former owner of News of the World, it seems wholly appropriate that the famed documentarian, Morris, also focuses his attention once again to the very elusive idea of truth.
However, to characterize Morris’s Tabloid, as a scrutinizing look at tabloid culture wouldn’t be correct. Morris’s opinion of the people and events that transpire during Tabloid is rather obvious, but it doesn’t seem so important. What is important is that the story he is telling is one that operates outside the realms of…
Tabloid, Errol Morris's 2010 documentary, is a story about many things. It's a story of kidnappings, religion, lies, tabloid news, destroyed evidence, and cloned dogs. It's the story of a twisted love obsession. But at its core, Tabloid is really about two things: people's desire for control over others and the subjectivity of truth.
With this piece, Errol Morris tells the story of Joyce McKinney, a one-time model who through strange circumstance fell in love with and eventually kidnapped a Mormon missionary in England. It begins as a rather simple love story but, as one might expect, it quickly takes a turn down the rabbit hole. Morris is a master storyteller; with a story as dense and confusing as this…
A pulpy story with an aptly pulpy approach from Morris. Admittedly, it's quite entertaining due to its subject's bizarre nature, but it's very light thematically speaking.
A case could be made for the condemnation of tabloid reporters (which Morris definitely does), it's definitely not a centerpiece of the film. It's a film that's doubtful of its main interviewee, and against some of its others, but doesn't seem interested enough to really pursue any true criticism. It's mostly concerned with trying to find the truth in the story, and in that sense it's not too successful. It's such a complicated story, and it's search is left up to the viewer, in the end. "Somewhere in between, maybe, is the truth."
Joyce McKinney is a character, that's for sure.
I wanted to start of 2015 with something easy. Instead, I got a complicated story of love, intrigue, celebrity, and false appearances.
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- Into Eternity
- The House of the Devil
- The Village
- I'm Still Here
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Handsome poster art.
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- The Moon And The Sledgehammer
- Grey Gardens
- Gates of Heaven
- The Late, Great Planet Earth