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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…
You can't help but laugh at the absurdity of it all, and Errol Morris positively encourages it. The documentary tells the story of Joyce McKinney, who in 1977 was accused of kidnapping a Mormon missionary, but Morris doesn't document the ensuing media craze so much as play an accomplice to it, and the result is every bit as sensational and entertaining as an actual tabloid.
There is so much to unpack in this film. Errol Morris's look into the sex, lies, abduction, and media circus that centered around Joyce McKinney. Morris gives an absolute master class in unreliable narrator as he unravels this eccentric character and the extreme circumstances that led to the 'Mormon Sex In Chains' case and aftermath. Morris gives us a wide view of the situation and instructs us to draw our own conclusions. The minor details pay off in big ways, and I'm so glad I knew almost nothing about this story before watching it.
What I'm perhaps most impressed with is that Morris let the third act take a very sharp -seemingly random- left turn, but it completely informs this…
"I knew at that moment that Lord Almighty had sent Booger to save me."
Covering the "Manacled Mormon" scandal of the 1970s, Tabloid commits to the frenzy and amplification of tabloids without really interrogating them- a battle between the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail briefly takes over the doc before quickly falling to the wayside- but the construct doesn't really matter when Morris latches onto a real character, and boy, is notorious former beauty queen / BDSM Mormon kidnapper Joyce Bernann McKinely a breathless, edge-of-your-seat character. Bat-shit, clearly, but oddly admirable, even profound in a "seize life" kind of way, as the gob-smacking events and eccentricities quota starts to reach a barrel-full, and her story takes a third-act sweet turn that remains theatrical, as akin to her disposition.
That shit was funny!!! I love Joyce. 10/10 would want to be manipulated by her
Excellent documentary exploring the tabloid's relationship with salacious stories. This movie has everything from female to male rape, mormons, kidnapping, disguising as nuns and dog cloning. And much more!
I wasn't a huge fan of the first Errol Morris film I saw, but after seeing this one I will definitely be checking out Gates of Heaven. The editing in this documentary is flawless, Morris is so good with pacing and tone.
In lieu of the debate, a stranger-than-fiction doc about the power of self-delusion and the slippery nature of truth. Sounds about right!
This is the weirdest Errol Morris film-- and my favorite.
I'm not sure what actually happened, and that seems to be kind of the point. I also can't really summarize even the basic points without ruining some great surprises. Just... Errol Morris.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…