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…
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?
Really interesting documentary about a - by all accounts - slightly unhinged woman, Joyce McKinney, unfairly (possibly) dicked around with by the villains of the British tabloid press. Some good stuff here about the portrayal of women as madonna/whore archetypes, sex and religion, shame, and dog cloning. You never really find out what McKinney's true story is, but that's fine by me as far as film-making goes.
However, I had one major problem with it: the issue of male rape is very lightly treated, almost joked about. The director/interviewer doesn't challenge the idea, expressed by McKinney, that a man cannot be raped - that arousal equals consent. Made me pretty uncomfortable, to say the least.
Aside from that, worth watching.
I watched this as a Plan B after discovering the DVD I'd planned to watch (Ace in the Hole) arrived cracked.
This film suffices as a good backup plan because it doesn't require much emotional/intellectual investment, and it's surprisingly entertaining. I especially enjoyed the "third act" of the story with Booger.
I'm really disappointing that this documentary has been give such high marks by so many. I feel like it just showcased a story where both sides were slinging mud. Neither side has any definitive proof because it was conveniently lost or stolen. The story itself seems interesting and I feel like the fact the no one pointed out that this woman clearly has some sort of mental need for attention most likely brought on by the fact she was raised as a pageant kid. I don't think any new truth was brought to light in this one and found it to be very disappointing.
I love these kind of documentaries
- 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.
- Inside Job
- Love the Beast
- Long Way Round
- Deep Water
Have added fourteen of the Documentaries I have watched and liked. Am looking for other recommendations to watch.