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…
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…
Mad as a box of frogs, but amazing. That picture of her dressed as a nun is fucking fabulous
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…
What my wife had to say after watching this:
"Tabloid is absolutely the most ridiculous documentary I've ever seen. I've had to pause it like four times out of sheer bewilderment. There are beauty queens, Mormon missionaries, private investigators, Scooby-Doo-level costuming, several thefts, something that isn't true love but is really crazy, he-said-she-said business, and a very unorthodox way of dealing with the death of a pet. This has it all, folks. I'm not RECOMMENDING IT, really, but y'all have to know."
That should be enough for you to know you should go check it out, but if you are truly super bored you can read my following thoughts about the use of graphics in the film and how great…
A great character in a great story. Thanks, Errol, for another gem.
A very compelling, fascinating, occasionally very upsetting tale.
This guy manages to find the most interesting of subjects and Tabloid is no exception. What a strange strange story with an unusual, eccentric woman at its core. Another fascinating documentary from Morris who so far has not failed to deliver entertaining and unique docs.
Doesn't touch Errol Morris' full potential as a documentarian, but is still a nice diversion in light of many of his recent films. Zeroing in on the tabloid angle of Joyce McKinney's increasingly bizarre story the film feels surface level, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when much of the film is spent determining the increasingly contradictory elements of Joyce's story. While a bit out of touch with the film's first 2/3rds, the final act is surprisingly heart-wrenching as Joyce's compassion for animals becomes the central focus. The talking heads are all larger than life, and the film is slick, polished and fast-paced. The film's actual opinion on Tabloids is a bit unclear, that element though an impetus, remains ideologically and morally unexplored. Whatever opinion Morris has on tabloid media (beyond being fascinating and horrifying) is eclipsed by the eccentricity of Joyce McKinney.
In 1977, Joyce McKinney was accused of kidnapping Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson, chaining him to a bed, and raping him multiple times over a weekend. She claimed they were in love, but the Mormon church disapproved of their relationship and forced him to lie.
She was arrested, but escaped to America by posing as a Canadian musician. The case of the "Manacled Mormon" was a brief sensation in the British tabloids.
In 2008, McKinney made headlines once again when she had her deceased dog cloned in Korea.
Anderson declined to be interviewed, but McKinney was more than willing to talk about her experience. She continues to maintain her innocence, but she's so coy and playful, there's an undeniable sense she's playing a game.
One of the best documentary filmmakers, Errol Morris enthralls in this fun movie about how a random story about sex can become a national obsession and briefly turn ordinary people into household names.
Errol Morris at his most Errol Morris-esque, with a narrative structure that slowly reveals secrets about its subjects, then slyly urges you to doubt their veracity; a fleet sense of momentum that can feel like running furiously in a circle; old photographs and newspaper ads presented as fetish objects; and eccentric talking heads that come to seem (like the creations of Joel and Ethan Coen) like parodies of themselves. Should the film become a hit, it will likely be as a result of that final attribute: at the Northwestern University preview screening in May, the audience often howled with derisive laughter. Yet Morris is advertising this as a "love story," and it might be best to experience the film, unironically,…
Errol Morris at his most Errol Morris-esque, with a narrative structure that slowly reveals secrets about its subjects, then slyly urges you to doubt their veracity; a fleet sense of momentum that can feel like running furiously in a circle; old photographs and newspaper ads presented as fetish objects; and eccentric talking heads that come to seem (like the creations of Joel and Ethan Coen) like parodies of themselves. Should the film become a hit, it will likely be as a result of that final attribute: at a Northwestern University preview screening prior to the film's release, the audience often howled with derisive laughter. Yet Morris advertised this as a "love story," and it might be best to experience the…
Morris takes a break from his recent political documentaries with Tabloid, a frantic portrait of a former beauty queen and self-described “incurable romantic” who became a notorious media figure when she kidnapped and possibly raped her Mormon beau. The subject, Joyce McKinney, is endlessly quotable. Her conversational demeanor makes her the best person to recount her life’s story, even if Morris makes it clear that she’s not above taking liberties with the truth. What emerges is a tale of obsessive, mostly unrequited love, which grows increasingly unbelievable as the story unfolds (there are absurd disguises, sexy secrets, and clones). The tabloid press’s unethical obsession with figures like Joyce is a marginal concern here. It mostly permits Morris to play up…
Every documentary I have seen (or at least can recall seeing) ranked. This list will constantly be updated and rearranged