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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…
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?)
Wild. Just wild.
Eccentrics live the most fucking outrageous lives.
Errol Morris knows how to spin a yarn. This is nowhere near my favorite Morris doc, but it still was entertaining and very well crafted. I always thought part of Morris' charm was doing interviews on location in the homes of the very eclectic lives that he brings to the screen. The slick studio backdrops took away a certain grain of Errol's trademark.
(6/8 is "Good")
Highly enjoyable - a "real" tabloid scandal.
Chatting about this film on Blind Spots with Jonathan Mackris, this Sunday at 11 AM Pacific on chapman radio!
This movie looks so gosh darn pretty.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was a completely bizarre tale of an attractive woman back in the 1970's who fell in love... with a Mormon man, turned missionary.
Her feelings for him were so strong that she travels from the United States of America all the way to England where he has been sent on mission, kidnaps him, and has her way with him for a few days and then refuses to claim responsibility or that she had done anything wrong.
The more I watched, the more I was turned off by the notion of this woman who believed her own bullshit. So delusional.
Interesting story, but it really takes a toll on you when you begin to hate those who were involved.
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