Film and TV

Phoenix Film Festival Review: Randy Murray's The Joe Show

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio can't carry a tune.

Yet America's toughest sheriff sings both the intro and outro to Randy Murray's documentary The Joe Show. Bordering on funny and sickening, he starts the show with a poor take on "My Way," made famous by Frank Sinatra. For the finale, Joe takes a stab at "Fame," the title song from the 1980 musical.

"I'm gonna live forever" has never sounded like such a threat.

These tone-deaf gimmicks illustrate the gist of what's in between: that Arpaio's zest for attention trumps all else.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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