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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Crazy Woman Crazy in Love, with a Crazy Idea of How to Get Her Guy.
Documentarian Errol Morris turns his camera to a peculiar would-be love story in "Tabloid", an enormously entertaining film due in large part to its subject and star: Joyce McKinney. McKinney was a former Miss Wyoming and dominatrix-for-hire with an especially romantic, and obsessive, view of love. When she was 19, she went looking for that "special guy" with whom to...
Published on November 16, 2011 by mirasreviews

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2.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching For a Few Mins
Finished watching 2 mins ago. If you want the whole story - read one of those "long" reviews. I love documentaries - wanted to see this. Rather interesting at 1st to total boredom by the middle to still looking at the end for some reason - any reason - this film was made. Cloning her dog was cool - nothing else rated w/me. Didn't hate it, but a waste of my...
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Crazy Woman Crazy in Love, with a Crazy Idea of How to Get Her Guy., November 16, 2011
This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
Documentarian Errol Morris turns his camera to a peculiar would-be love story in "Tabloid", an enormously entertaining film due in large part to its subject and star: Joyce McKinney. McKinney was a former Miss Wyoming and dominatrix-for-hire with an especially romantic, and obsessive, view of love. When she was 19, she went looking for that "special guy" with whom to spend the rest of her earthly days. She found him in Kirk Anderson, a devout Mormon whose lifestyle she did not embrace. But she says Kirk loved her and proposed marriage. Then he took off to England on a religious mission. Joyce followed and, with the help of friend Keith May, kidnapped Kirk at gunpoint, whisked him to a cottage in Devon, tied him to the bed and had sex with him for several days.

McKinney believed she was liberating Kirk from Mormon brainwashing. She says that Kirk did not leave when he easily could have, and they made plans to marry...until Kirk saw his kidnapping in a newspaper and had to come up with a story to save himself from excommunication. Kirk said he was genuinely kidnapped and raped by McKinney. The British tabloids had a field day. Kirk became the "Manacled Mormon", and Joyce was presented as a hopeless romantic or, alternatively, as a manipulative vixen, depending upon which paper you read. The authors of the competing tabloid visions, Peter Tory of The Daily Express, who publicized Joyce's point of view, and Kent Gavin of The Daily Mirror, who dug into her past, are interviewed for the film.

Joyce McKinney tells her own story. She may not possess the mischievous charm that so many men found irresistible 34 years ago, but she is still nutty in a sort of endearing, occasionally frightful way. She never wanted for ingenuity, and she tells a good tale. The part of the story that's missing, unfortunately, is Kirk Anderson's. He would not be interviewed for this film. Too bad. Though I suspect that Joyce is lying or delusional about some aspects of her account, it does seem that Kirk may have been complicit. Joyce's eccentricity has not dulled with the years, though she seems to have abandoned social interaction in favor of dogs. And she seems still to regard love for one individual as permanent and irreplaceable, whether for human or canine.

The DVD (MPI 2011): The only bonus feature is a theatrical trailer (2 min). Subtitles are available in English SDH and Spanish.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skiing naked down mount Everest, March 26, 2012
This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
The tale of the Mormon missionary abducted at gunpoint in Surrey and press ganged into sexual enslavement by a former Miss Wyoming that had followed him here.The dominant Miss,who was Joyce McKinney,found herself at the centre of a tabloid storm. Kirk Anderson was the victim supposedly brainwashed by his Mormonism to recant the 3 days of love and sex he had in a Devon cottage,to stay within his church.Morris shows us the feeding frenzy of 3 tabloids, The Daily Express,The Mirror and The Sun,depicting the `war of pictures' that ensued.Miss McKinney,she remains unmarried to this day,tells her side of this extraordinary yarn.Morris utilizes tabloid-style or tongue-in-cheek photographic and cinematic inserts and McKinney's in-studio interview to dominate the film's running time. Morris makes the effects of the frenzy plain.:"you learn when you're famous who your friends are",she says,what few friends she had betrayed her.She comes across as an eccentric,incurable romantic,with undying love for Anderson.She is rendered at the end with some dignity,crying over the death of her dog Boogie,and the elation of having it genetically cloned by a Korean geneticist,a victim of our own crazy notions of love,loyalty and idealism.She has since filed a suit against the film's creator,claiming to have been once again,misrepresented. Anderson,wisely, refused to be interviewed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My stomach sinks when I think about how good this movie is, July 9, 2012
This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
On the DVD case, under the movie's title, it says "A Love Story." But it isn't a love story in the traditional sense; it's a story of what-we-call-"love" in Late Capitalism, a love that can be described the same way that one of the interviewees described the protagonist: "self-obsessed and self-involved and manipulative and barking mad."

I don't want to say much more. You just need to watch it.

But I do need to at least pay respect to two of the greatest moments I've seen on film:

* In the 70th minute, we see home video that Joyce shot from her house. She pans the backyard with her camera 7 or 8 times, each time saying something like, "This shot, made on August 8, 1986, shows absolutely nothing."
* Joyce: "I don't see any connection at all between cloned puppies and a 32-y-o sex-in-chains story."

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As far as I can tell, there are only two truly great filmmakers currently operating, only two filmmakers not just deserving but *requiring* your undivided attention: one is Werner Herzog and the other is Errol Morris.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forced Honeymoon of Lusty Dreams..., January 22, 2012
This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
Joyce McKinney, the primary subject of Errol Morris' jovial 2010 documentary "Tabloid," is living proof fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Part sex kitten, eccentric nut, obsessive stalker and medieval romantic, she's a woman you most certainly would not trust with your checkbook. And yet she's as sexy as Britt Eckland. McKinney sits down with Morris for a series of fascinating interviews. Her personality in her twilight years, as bright and captivating as it was in youth, is proof her infamous escapades of the 1970s were fueled by an unusually fast-talking charisma.

The focus of an hilariously lurid 1977 scandal (Joyce McKinney and the Case of the Manacled Mormon), McKinney traveled from the U.S. to England to kidnap Kirk Anderson, a Utah-bred Mormon missionary with whom she had fallen in love. Armed with a fake hand gun, she forces Anderson into a car and drives him to a cozy British cottage where she promptly ties him to the bed for a three-day love fest. As she says in modern interviews, this was the man of her romantic dreams imprisoned by a repressive Mormon ideology. She was saving him from the cult clutches of inhibition. Plus, she was hoping to become pregnant and marry the strapping man. By the time he returned to aghast Mormon protectors, he had changed his story to kidnapping and rape so as to avoid excommunication. How much of this is literally true matters little. The bottom line is she tied this virginal man to a bed, burned his clothes in the fireplace and insisted on him experiencing a forced honeymoon of his lusty dreams.

McKinney was promptly arrested and imprisoned in England and the tabloids had a field day of "He Said She Said." Her initial story of being an innocent "Juliet" to Kirk's "Romeo" is soon exposed as farce by London's The Daily Mirror when a trunk full of nude photographs are discovered. McKinney evidently made a nice living as a California escort and dominatrix, complete with classified ads promoting a variety of steamy skills. Mr. Anderson probably didn't know what hit him.

All of this silly mess is wonderfully detailed by Morris, arguably one of the great American documentary filmmakers (The Errol Morris DVD Collection (Gates of Heaven/The Thin Blue Line/Vernon, Florida)). I'm not entirely sure this subject matter is worth his time, as opposed to say his classic works The Fog Of War and The Thin Blue Line. "Tabloid" is best when detailing the eccentricity of McKinney, a true character with the ability to steal the spotlight from Joan Collins at a British premiere of Jackie Collins: The Stud. Morris weaves in fantastic recollections of the British tabloid reporters of the Mirror and The Daily Express. They provide radically different versions of the sexy weekend, though have strikingly similar opinions of McKinney with such terms as "hysterical" and "manipulative." McKinney also hired a pilot to fly her to England, and he provides Morris some of the most revealing detail of the epic misadventure.

I suppose when documenting a tale rooted in differing "his and her" stories, you need to have a his. Anderson refused to be interviewed and we learn he's apparently living in domestic Salt Lake City bliss with a heavy-set Mormon wife raising a family. We see a couple of hazy photographs of him leaving a grocery store, driving away in an old Mustang. His absence guarantees the documentary will not achieve true greatness, but McKinney is such a complete nut she keeps the entertainment quota moving at a fine clip.

"Tabloid" is enjoyable, racy fun that truly soars when detailing a most unusual woman living within a fantasy world. Whether she deserved having a talent as great as Morris documenting her 15 minutes is not for me to say. But those nude photographs are real, no matter her hysterical denial.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tabloid, November 8, 2011
This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
When is an Errol Morris documentary ever uninteresting? The acclaimed filmmaker has been crafting award-winning docs for decades now, and Tabloid, proves he still has what it takes. Of course, it certainly helps if your subject is Joyce Bernann McKinney, the former Miss World contestant with a colorful past who turned up in the news again when a woman going by the name of "Bernann McKinney" traveled to South Korea in 2008 to have her pet dog cloned. As chronicled in Tabloid, McKinney was previously tied to a 1977 investigation in which a Mormon missionary living in Surrey, England alleged that McKinney kidnapped him, chained him to a bed, and raped him. Tabloid isn't Morris's most thought-provoking work, but it's nevertheless a smart, spirited, and engaging look at tabloid culture and one very fascinating woman, and that makes for a solidly entertaining film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharks and vampires, November 14, 2013
This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
There are some extremely stupid people who shop at Amazon, and it looks like every one of them has reviewed this movie.

Joyce McKinney is not a nut, she is not crazy, and she did absolutely nothing wrong in trying to liberate the man she loved from a dehumanizing cult that had (and still has) him in its clutches. Her mistake was in thinking he was worth saving, but love often isn't rational.

She is a very colorful person, but that's good, not bad. The world needs more colorful people and a LOT fewer mindless clones (they're the ones who think she's crazy).

The life she led in LA before the incident in England had absolutely nothing to do with that incident, and she had done nothing illegal in LA either. But the slimy British gutter press smelled blood, and they went tearing into her for all the blood they could spill.

They're disgusting. That they are STILL gloating over their assassination of her character 35 years later - one of the slimiest even having the gall to call HER a vampire, while smiling the creepiest vampire smile I ever saw - is testament to their total depravity.

I greatly admire McKinney for having survived what they did to her with most of her charm and sense of humor intact. She's a survivor, and she hasn't faded away among the millions of Stepford Wives like a good little girl. She's still her colorful, charming, open, vulnerable and feisty self after all she's been through, and I greatly admire her for it. SHE gets four stars.

I would give Errol Morris one star for showing the British press scum as the gutless, amoral, grinning creeps they are - but he gladly plants himself with them in the "Joyce is barking mad" camp (it sells tickets and wins awards), so he gets nothing from me but the contempt he and all those "press" sharks deserve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating true story., May 24, 2013
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This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
This woman's life reads like fiction. The movie has to be seen to be explained. She is someone who has lived her life as she wanted to live it with unexpected consequences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unusual true crime....OMG, April 12, 2013
This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
A well done and artful documentary about a most unusual true crime story. Ms. McKinny is now apparently suing the film maker for slandering her reputation. If you liked the fascinating mini-series "The staircase" from sundance, you should enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching For a Few Mins, November 18, 2013
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Kandy Langford (Menlo Park, CA, US) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Tabloid (DVD)
Finished watching 2 mins ago. If you want the whole story - read one of those "long" reviews. I love documentaries - wanted to see this. Rather interesting at 1st to total boredom by the middle to still looking at the end for some reason - any reason - this film was made. Cloning her dog was cool - nothing else rated w/me. Didn't hate it, but a waste of my time. Wanna see a incredible documentary about a mother & daughter who appear quite insane, but are just lovely eccentrics living in a harsh world. Glorious creatures of the past. See the documentary "Grey Gardens" before the film w/Drew Barrymore. The 2 Edies are high society's left overs. Jackie Kennedy's forgotten relatives...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and bizarre, hard to look away, November 1, 2013
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I love this film about Joyce McKinney and her story. Errol Morris seeks to find truth but in the end we are still left not quite sure who or what to believe. I found myself telling everyone who would listen to watch this film after I saw it because I wanted people to talk to about it. I researched the story and McKiney's response to the film. Morris has such great access to his subjects and I would recommend this to those who enjoy a really juicy story such as this one.
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