(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
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…
I don't have the exact quote anymore but at some point shelooks into the camera and proclaims, how cults would have you repeat a story for so long, that in the end you believe them as truths. Right back at you, lady.
A truly fascinating story, made ever more compelling by Morris' handling of the material.
SAW: at work
As with The Thin Blue Line, this Errol Morris film is best when people just talk to the camera. The story they tell is ridiculously wonderful: one of love and Mormons, kidnappings and the tabloid press...and a finale about cloned dogs. (Apparently the events were big, big news in the British press back when I was about 20, but I don’t remember any of it...maybe I don’t read the right papers.) The interviews are with the woman, the subject of scandal, putting her views of events; a pilot she hired; a tabloid journalist; a tabloid photographer (...anymore? I can’t remember). As with The Thin Blue Line the stories don’t match, everyone has their own point of view, their own take…
Bizarro documentary about Joyce McKinney, not a character I had any knowledge of whatsoever prior to going in. I think my ignorance helped in that I couldn't figure out, from the first minute to the last, where it was going to go. In fact, I'd defy anyone to guess some of this. It's engaging, super-weird and frequently funny. There are a couple of jawdropping twists...
However, the fact that everyone involved is - to some extent - an unreliable narrator did start to make it feel a little too slight by the end. Like, it's all very strange but how much of it is true? Does it matter? Is that the point? It's hard to say exactly what the point…
Definitely never seen another movie where the phrase "Sugah Daddies" gets superimposed over an old man talking.
I think I'm an Errol Morris fan now. (did I spell that wright?)
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…