Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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…
Overall Enjoyment 6/10
I can't believe I've never heard of this woman between the sex scandal and the Booger clones. Jesus Christ.
Man, this is dark.
Writer/Director/Producer: Hey, we've got this cool story! Can you edit it?
Editor: Sure! I'll put [■] blank [■] black screens [■] between every [■] other shot [■] so it totally distracts [■] from the actual [■] film!
It's a shame, because the rest of this film - especially the typography and use of clippings/etc - is stylistically very cool, and I'm sure the editor thought it was a super artistic idea to replicate a camera shutter, but it's so fucking distracting and I couldn't focus for shit.
A bizarre story and central figure documented by Errol Morris with an amused skepticism and a critical delight.
(7/8 is "Very Good")
this was definitely interesting and well made but i also think that it didn't entirely escape the trite sensationalism marked by the tabloid coverage of "wow! look at this crazy sexy lady," though I'd say it still gives McKinney a pretty fair shake.
It must be really difficult for Errol Morris to remain composure when he hears certain lines, like when she "sometimes you repeat a lie so many times you start believing it" about someone else, or the line about acting school.
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
Overweight, loveless, wood paneling, empty parking lots, basements, loners, madness, sadness, isolation, depression, fantasy, eccentric, filth, sleaze...
Charlie Kaufman, Todd…