24 Hours On Craigslist

"Good"

24 Hours On Craigslist Review


In certain parts of the country, the word "Craigslist" requires no additional explanation. In other regions people will look at you, baffled about what you could be talking about.

Craigslist, for those of you not in the know, is an online bulletin board system that is, almost singlehandedly, responsible for the decline of newspaper classified advertising. People use it to find apartments, sell stuff, find jobs, and make love connections. I've sold many a piece of old furniture through the free listings on Craigslist. Two of filmcritic.com's film critics met through its personals and, in fact, are now married.

That's some system!

24 Hours on Craigslist is, of course, a documentary about the Craigslist phenomenon, shot here in the San Francisco Bay Area, ground zero for Craigslist and its home base. As expected, director Michael Gibson trolls through a day's worth of posts and interviews the people behind them. There are couples looking for bondage slaves, a sad woman seeking a roommate to replace her deceased friend, a diabetic cat support group, a gay porn star, a heavy metal chef, and on and on. Pretty much the kind of stories you hear in San Francisco every day when you live here.

But 24 Hours on Craigslist is a little more than this: It is Craigslist itself. Every facet of its production seems to have been funded or sourced through a Craigslist ad, from equipment to music for the film. And that is kind of the movie's problem. Like many people, Gibson is obviously a very enthusiastic fan of Craigslist, but his idea for a movie that covers the phenomenon is really weak. The "24 hours" structure is forced and irrelevant, and the film comes off more as SF navel-gazing than an expose of a popular website. But maybe that's the root of it all: This is a documentary about a website. I can't imagine 24 Hours on Google being any more or less compelling.

The other issue here gets to the heart of Craigslist: Gibson's ragtag crew are clearly amateurs, and the film itself is sloppy and rushed. Craigslist frequently takes heat for being the dominion of cheapskates and the untalented (and anyone who's sold stuff or hired staff through Craigslist knows what a mixed bag it can attract). I have no idea what equipment was used here, but it looks like first-generation digital video that is terribly grainy on a decent-size TV. The movie is hit and miss, and it's ultimately up to the stories to carry the show. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. And while Gibson's filmmaking never gets in their way, he never does much to encourage them either.



24 Hours On Craigslist

Facts and Figures

Run time: 82 mins

In Theaters: Friday 7th October 2005

Distributed by: Heretic Films

Production compaines: Yerba Buena Productions Inc.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 5.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Ferris Gibson

Producer: Michael Ferris Gibson

Starring: Rachel Berney as Herself, Mike Curtis as Himself (as Michael Curtis), Holly Dalton as Herself, Darleen Hollis as Herself, Brent N. Hunter as Himself, Lee Ping Kwan as Himself, Tina McRee as Herself, Christopher Murdock as Himself, Sadie as Herself, Mark Sargent as Himself

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review

Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review

The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's 83-year-old classic whodunit, this lavish, star-studded film is old-style...

Paddington 2 Movie Review

Paddington 2 Movie Review

The first Paddington movie in 2014 is already such a beloved classic that it's hard...

A Bad Moms Christmas Movie Review

A Bad Moms Christmas Movie Review

Everyone's back from last year's undemanding adult comedy, plus some starry new cast members, for...

Brawl in Cell Block 99 Movie Review

Brawl in Cell Block 99 Movie Review

Filmmaker S. Craig Zahler brought a blast of offbeat creativity to the Western genre two...

The Death of Stalin Movie Review

The Death of Stalin Movie Review

Fans of the film In the Loop and the TV series Veep will definitely not...

Call Me By Your Name Movie Review

Call Me By Your Name Movie Review

Set in northern Italy in the summer of 1983, this internationally flavoured drama is a...

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision...

Advertisement
Breathe Movie Review

Breathe Movie Review

While this biopic has the standard sumptuous production values of a British period drama, it's...

The Snowman Movie Review

The Snowman Movie Review

With a cast and crew packed with A-list talent, this film seems like it should...

The Party Movie Review

The Party Movie Review

Comedies don't get much darker than this pitch-black British movie, written and directed by Sally...

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) is on his way to becoming the new Woody Allen, which...

6 Below Movie Review

6 Below Movie Review

Based on an astonishing true survival story, this film is subtitled "Miracle on the Mountain",...

Mother Movie Review

Mother Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah)....

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019....

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.