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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…
Mad as a box of frogs, but amazing. That picture of her dressed as a nun is fucking fabulous
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…
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…
this is so fast and tireless i feel like i just got the story told to me over a very long, weird brunch. easily digestible pulpy brunch cinema. predates modern youtube vlog editing. i'm matilda the wig
A woman creates reality to her own liking. Or she might be "barking mad".
I need to see more Errol Morris films, because they're so interesting!
I liked this documentary...
It's odd how a member of the cult is only the 2nd craziest person in this movie.
Morris is at his best with Fog of War, but when he drifts, boy he really drops the ball.
W T F !
Keepin' the Errol Morris train rolling. Though not as substantial as The Thin Blue Line nor as mesmerizing as Vernon, Florida, Tabloid is not without its merits. Morris digs up a helluva story and a delightfully odd, ridiculously charming subject to match it. Tabloid understandably devotes the majority of its runtime to the sensational news story that first put Joyce McKinney on headlines but Morris curiously switches gears in the last third in order to paint a more sympathetic portrait of McKinney. The "sex in chains" scandal she became embroiled in is fun but the decision to stray away from it is for the better. For one, it breaks up the monotony of shuffling the same talking heads and focuses…
Joyce McKinney is a miracle. A documentarian couldn't ask for a more elusive, charismatic, multifaceted, unreliable subject. You stare agog as she hypnotizes you with stories you know you shouldn't believe, just as your heart begins to ache that someone so intelligent and sensitive should be so thoroughly at the mercy of their own obsessive narcissism.
Errol Morris is content to stand back and let each thread of this strange tale unravel itself. We end up with a lucid portrait of messy human beings making messes, tabloid journalists smelling chum in the water and multiplying those messes, and one messy person becoming the star of her own much-multiplied mess. Like a lot of great docs, it's about storytelling: who tells the story, who controls the narrative, and why.
Jesus, this was a depressing movie.
Overall Enjoyment 6/10
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…