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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cinebanter #106 - TABLOID

The mp3 of this show can be found here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula rejoice in the return of documentarian Errol Morris, as they review his latest film TABLOID. In the Last Five®, the hosts disagree about a movie playing in theaters now. They also respond to a Listener Last Five® and Listener Feedback. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Discussion of TABLOID
• Break
• 13:34 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 14:14 The Last Five®
• Break
• 48:25 Listener Last Five® (Eric from San Mateo) & Listener Feedback (Chris)
• 57:09 Credits

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: THE UNFORGIVEN; CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE; RESCUE DAWN; TOUCH OF EVIL and 28 DAYS LATER. Tassoula's Last Five were: ALL OR NOTHING; CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE; HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2; THE HELP and GONE WITH THE WIND.

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Special thanks to Vincent Do, Brad Daane and Mark Cummins for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Kim C. said...

Guys, I love you. Truly I do. But you said little to nothing about this movie! The one thing that makes your podcast great and sets you apart is that you don't shy away from the spoiler. You embrace it, even. Yet I sit here perplexed as to the plot of this movie. Something about an interesting woman, a man who declined to be interviewed, and maybe the Mormons? You touched nicely on Mr. Morris in general, but I still don't understand what the subject of this film was.

PLEASE consider really delving into the movies more. Talk about them, spoil them where it's necessary, get to the meat. This one felt like one of those podcasts where they have to talk vaguely so as not to spoil. You guys are better than that!

Let it be known that the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset was my all-time favorite. I could listen to it again and again. It was marvelous, great work.

As always: love, love, love the Last 5.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous MichaelVox said...

Hey Kim.

I kinda agree with you. I was looking back at all the past shows and the only other two documentaries that we did as our main review were RELIGULOUS (which is about a topic we discuss a lot) and KING OF KONG (which led me on a flight of nostalgia and had a great movie villain). TABLOID was simply a compelling could-it-really-be-true story. Neither of us had seen it for a while and we weren't trying to avoid spoilers, but if we assume that everyone listening had seen it, it wouldn't have added much if we'd gone over the storyline.
Thank you for mentioning BEFORE SUNRISE/SET. We are very proud of that episode. We'll try to get you back next time. Give us another chance.
Michael.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Tassoula said...

I'll just jump in and speak for myself here since I respectfully disagree:

1) Michael forgot that our very first show was a documentary (WORDPLAY), so we've actually done four, not three.

2) If asked for a do-over for the TABLOID episode, I can honestly say I wouldn't have anything to add. I'm actually kind of confused at both of your comments—I don't know what more we could've "covered." We speak about the kidnapping, we speak about not knowing who to believe in the "rape' accusation, we speculate about the main subject's lack of present-day love life, we lament the other party not participating, we mention the subject's weird obsession with her dogs later in life. We allude to the photographs she did or didn't take. We talk extensively about the director and his style.

3) What exactly are we missing here?

6:16 AM  
Anonymous paul said...

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris spins a remarkable true-life story of love, sex, obsession, abduction, religion, and scandal. Joyce McKinney was a beauty pageant winner in her teens who moved from the Midwest to Utah and fell in love with Kirk Anderson, a handsome man who also happened to be a Mormon. Like many Mormons, Anderson was called upon by the Church of Latter-Day Saints to go on a mission to spread the word about his faith; Anderson was sent to England, and McKinney was heartbroken about losing her man. So McKinney took matters into her own hands -- she flew to England, snatched Anderson from an LDS meeting house in London, and spirited him away to a remote cabin where, after chaining him to a bed, she attempted to seduce him away from the church. McKinney saw this as an act of love and rescue, while Anderson's lawyers described it as kidnapping and rape, and when the matter went before the British courts, the tabloid media in the U.K. ran wild with the story. In Tabloid, Morris allows McKinney to tell her side of this truly remarkable story, as well as sharing some incredible tales of her life before and after what became known as "The Case of the Manacled Mormon."

8:44 AM  

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