Spectrum Check

After the previous week’s logjam of reviews, I only had one piece go up at Spectrum Culture since the last “Spectrum Check.” Luckily, it was for a very good film, easily one of the best of the year thus far. Gimme the Loot is an exceptional feature debut from writer-director Adam Leon. I intentionally decided to avoid comparisons in the review, but I will note that I kept thinking it was exactly the sort of film Spike Lee might have made had he decided to follow his own debut, She’s Gotta Have It, by doggedly pursuing authenticity rather than opting for escalating operative technique in subsequent films. It has some of the same urgency and rhythms of Lee’s best efforts, while hewing more closely to the shrewd, understated observations of something like Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas. In short, it’s great.