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
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…
A literally unbelievably bonkers tale. This woman is so out there that you can't help but feel bad for her, despite also feeling incredulous about her insanity. Only a Southerner could be this in denial and self indulgent and self pitying.
The Errol Morris style is strong and helps carry the tale masterfully. Some details are unfortunately omitted but still worth a watch.
In focusing on a truly bizarre tabloid war centering around a woman who seems to have a knack for both attracting disaster and spinning a story, Errol Morris raises valuable questions about the nature of journalism and the ultimate ambiguity that exists in place of the truth, something apparently unknowable (in this case specifically). It's understandable why this kind of story was so captivating back in the 70's as it's completely ridiculous, and while that base level of shock value is certainly present here, the murky view of actuality that comes with the territory is what really makes Tabloid such a compelling sit.
Errol Morris has made a name for himself in the documentary world for the distinctly confrontational feel of all his films. Often taking the talking head format to its logical extreme and featuring his subjects (often only those involved in the event he is recounting) holding an unblinking gaze with the camera, directing their stories towards the audience and not the director himself. Operating as a provocative confessional, his films have been used to tackle serious subject matter with this format in order to handle the more controversial subject matter head on, as it were. Tabloid expands on this style to great effect, but loses its purpose, focus, and a large amount of its steam early on in the film.…
Interesting subject seemingly reverse engineered into thinness
A Review Haiku
Beauty queen secrets
Hiding us all from the truth
The truth is...DOG CLONES
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!