Movie Diary 6/6/2011

Tabloid (Errol Morris, 2011). Aside from the freakshow aspects of a truly wacky story, this film does afford the opportunity to watch someone talk about her life for a sustained length of time, and the portrait of life as a self-deluded performance begins to feel all too central to the way people live today. And Joyce McKinney is giving quite a performance; watching her in this movie, you can see it’s what she lives for. (full review 7/15)

The Art of Getting By (Gavin Wiesen, 2011). For about the fifth or sixth time this year: Wes Anderson has a lot to answer for. (full review 6/17)

Heading West (Nicole van Kilsdonk, 2010). Scenes from a life in Amsterdam, as a woman (Susan Visser) passes through a year’s worth of life experiences, sampled in selected days. Initially very promising, with a fine central performance, although the movie settles a bit too much on one particular romance instead of examining a multitude of other possibilities. (Screens in Seattle International Film Festival)

Letters from the Big Man (Christopher Munch, 2011). A Bigfoot movie, of sorts, written more about here. (Screens at Seattle International Film Festival)

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (John Schultz, 2011). A film that will open and be seen by families in the U.S., with human actors and sets and costumes. (full review 6/10)

At What a Feeling!, we look at Michael Dinner’s Heaven Help Us, a worthy 1980s coming-of-age story.

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  1. I had the opportunity to see Tabloid during it’s screening at SIFF and found it extremely entertaining. Morris has long been a favorite of mine. The true highlight (or something) of the evening was exiting the theater and seeing the real Joyce McKinney pull up in a taxi and, as if in a continuation of her interview with Morris (in fact I think she was wearing the same outfit), begin to speak of the evils of Mormonism, the reasons she’s suing Morris and his producers and numerous other topics I could barely keep up with. The whole time with the same plastered smiling expression she wore while staring into the “interrotron”. She spoke for at least 30 minutes and by the time my girlfriend and I left, most of the crowd had dispersed. Truly the most surreal experience in my young movie-going life.

    • So this monologue was actually outside the theater? Sorry I missed that. There were rumors going around that she had purchased a ticket and would show up; I can’t imagine why SIFF wouldn’t want to get her into the theater and say something after the screening, just for the sheer “event” nature of the thing.

      • According to McKinney she did buy a ticket but was refused entry. There’s a video on YouTube of a NYC screening with Morris doing a Q&A afterward when McKinney appears from the audience, which seems to come as quite the shock to both Morris and the moderator. Perhaps she’s been making the rounds and they feared a disruption. Though I certainly would have loved a more controlled setting to hear her thoughts on the film.

        Interesting Note: A review appeared on SIFF’s Tabloid page (I believe it is still there) denouncing the film and going on and on about how McKinney and her family have been duped by Morris. It goes on about how they stole her pictures and even, yes, killed her dog. Basically a summation of everything Joyce talked about outside the screening. The similar language used leaves little doubt it’s her. A quick Google search for the commentator’s user-name yields at least a dozen other such rants on other film websites that have reviewed Tabloid. And not simple cut and paste jobs. Same content, but each written a little differently. It all may warrant another movie.

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