now live in a world where practically
everyone wants to make a movie and where
digital video and home computers make
DIY filmmaking affordable for many. While
appreciating that more voices can be heard
and more creative visions shared, we've
all seen some homegrown duds.
am pleased, therefore, to be able to recommend
one 24 NIGHTS. It was a genuine pleasure.
It was fun as an evening's entertainment,
fun as a holiday movie, and fun as a window
into one man's heart.
NIGHTS is the story of Jonathan, a twenty-something
bookstore clerk who writes Santa and asks
for his dream man for Christmas-a cutie
with a great smile and a sweet Southern
drawl. Well guess what walks into the
bookstore the next day? But the path to
true love can't be that smooth, or where's
your story? We count down the shopping
days 'til Christmas as Jonathan's wild
ride with romance leads to confusion,
drugs, smart-talk, well-meaning but embarrassing
relatives, and emotional yo-yoing. You'll
figure out who pairs off way before the
characters get wise to themselves, but
this ain't no murder mystery, it's a romantic
movie does have its flaws, notably cinematography.
It looks pretty bad, but like Mama says,
looks aren't everything. And there's James,
an acerbic character of the Eve Arden
mold who is Jonathan's co-worker (though
late in the movie, there's a satisfying
take on this ubiquitous type).
these are tiny compared to the film's
many good points: great comic acting by
Turturro and Wilson as the women in Jonathan's
extended family; a family dynamic that
makes the clan in HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
look positively staid; many cute guys
to look at; some very funny scenes, particularly
the Pepe le Pew theory of love and "45
poker"; and a story by a thoroughgoing
saw 24 NIGHTS at a screening sponsored
Austin Gay/Lesbian International Film
Festival (aGLIFF). It's not yet
at a theater near you, but it could be
if you ask about it at your local independent
movie house. And you should. You want
to encourage this kind of filmmaking.
Bogucka, an Action Grrl!