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Chicago – We hit your calendar and your wallet earlier this week with a special TV-only edition of What to Watch and now we’re back to fill in the films that were released this week on DVD, Blu-ray, and streamimg services that may catch your attention. Want to watch a movie this weekend? Why not make it one of these five? If I had to rank them in order of preference, here’s how it would go…
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Adam Leon’s debut comedy captures a certain we-can-do-anything attitude that’s not only common to youth but has a unique flavor in New York City. Presented by Jonathan Demme, this festival hit (and Independent Spirit Award winner) has an energy that can best be described as infectious. The loose style of narrative and approach to character can be a bit frustrating but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Newly-formed film club Reel South London are aiming to provide cinema lovers with a diverse and innovative evening of entertainment within a unique and intimate setting. Based in the centre of Tooting Market in South West London, their evening débuts with a screening of acclaimed New York-set urban comedy Gimme the Loot (2012). Think an upbeat version of Larry Clark's Kids (1995) and you're somewhere close to the style of this authentic, rough and ready look at the lives of two semi-impoverished Bronx teens (genuine and amiable performances from newcomers Ty Hickson and Tashiana Washington), set during the kind of balmy, summertime atmosphere which evokes memories of Spike Lee at his best.
Gimme the Loot is as far from a picture postcard view of New York as you could get, with a raw and honest depiction of the city seldom seen on screen. Gimme the Loot is the feature debut of former Woody Allen production assistant, »
- CineVue UK
Gimme the Loot, 2012.
Directed by Adam Leon.
Two determined teen graffiti writers set out across New York City to tag an iconic city landmark - the New York Mets' Homerun Apple.
The photogenic nature of New York City comes out strongly in this witty wander across the Big Apple. Mostly set in Brooklyn, the simple plot is an effective gateway into an urban youth fantasy of big ideas and even bigger dreams.
The two leads, Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sophia (Tashiana Washington), are local graffiti writers and small time drug dealers on a mission to win back some respect after their latest work gets 'buffed' (spoiled or defaced). This takes the largely innocent pair across the sun-drenched city with a vague dream of tagging the city's baseball stadium homerun apple. Along the way, they become embroiled in various »
- Flickering Myth
★★★★☆ If distinguished Us auteurs Woody Allen and Spike Lee amalgamated their cinematic perceptions and concerns into a single project, chances are it would end up closely resembling Gimme the Loot (2012), the feature debut of resident New Yorker Adam Leon. After competing in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and subsequently going on to win the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in the same year, Leon's film arrives boasting a fair amount of positive buzz that's completely warranted; an authentic, charming story of desperation and the desire to leave one's mark.
Set over two balmy summer days in and around the hustling Bronx borough of New York City, Gimme the Loot sees two frustrated teenage friends Malcolm and Sofia (competently played by Ty Hickson and Tashiana Washington, respectively) embarking on a mission that will bring their passion for graffiti to a publicly-broadcasted crescendo. After a »
- CineVue UK
The hugely positive reviews and audience reaction that met the release of Adam Leon's cool New York small-time caper Gimme the Loot (2012) owes much to the two endearing leads, Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson, as well as the fresh young voice of Independent Spirit Award-winning debut director himself. To celebrate the DVD release of Leon's Gimme the Loot this Monday (2 September), we have Three copies of the film to give away to our independently-spirited readers, thanks to UK distributor Soda Pictures. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Malcolm (Hickson) and Sofia (Washington), two determined teens from New York, see themselves as the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, the duo hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark. »
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I'm So Excited (15)
Almodóvar responds to his country's economic woes with camp hysteria and Carry On humour. In many ways this airborne disaster farce – anarchic, absurdist, garishly stylish and gleefully debauched – is a return to the Spanish auteur's subversive roots. But there's a serious subtext to the silliness, and the metaphors are brought back down to earth for a satisfying landing.
The Eye Of The Storm (15)
The imminent death of Rampling's matriarch throws an aristocratic family's dysfunction into relief in this Aussie drama, whose overstuffed story is redeemed by three watchable leads.
Gimme The Loot (15)
- Steve Rose
There's plenty of humour and energy – and love for New York – in Adam Leon's debut about a pair of graffiti artists
First-time film-maker Adam Leon was once a production assistant to Woody Allen, and this feature displays a comparable adoration of New York. It's a likable debut – and a deserved festival success – with an easy swing to it.
Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson are Sofia and Malcolm, two graffiti artists making a living by selling weed, a lifestyle which keeps them perpetually on the move, and the New York streets are shot with rangy, guerrilla-style freedom. Some rivals have marked their turf, and Sofia and Malcolm have a grandiose revenge/comeback plan: to "tag" the celebratory Apple sign shown at the Mets' baseball stadium to mark a home run, and always shown prominently on TV.
To break in, they'll need to bribe a security guard $500; the film is just »
- Peter Bradshaw
Shot with a budget of £42,000 on the streets of Greenwich Village, this uplifting comedy about two teenage graffiti artists has been wowing festival audiences
Gimme the Loot, says its writer-director Adam Leon, is an "epic". And that is accurate enough if you allow for one or two transgressions. The film pays tribute to an imperial city – New York – rather than an empire or nation state, and its hero and heroine, teenage graffiti writers Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington), wear baggy T-shirts and travel by subway, not ship. But their quest is a grand one: to tag the giant plastic apple that rises from the ground at Citi Field whenever the Mets hit a home run. Great publicity, and a coup in their ongoing graffiti civil war; Bronx writers putting their stamp on a Queens landmark.
Although Leon's script – full of New York nuance and know-how – pits the two boroughs against each other, »
- Leo Robson
Set in New York City, Gimme the Loot is the story of two graffiti artists, Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington), who want to make the toughest tag in the city: the New York Mets’ Home Run Apple. But before they can mark up a city icon, they need money to get into the stadium first.
This is Leon’s first film, coming after his debut 2009 short Killer. Previously, Leon worked as a set production assistant on Woody Allen film Hollywood Ending, and as a production office assistant on Melinda and Melinda.
Speaking with Leon during Loot’s presentation at last year’s Chicago International Film Festival, we discussed his film, the storytelling trend of other first-time directors, how he strives to make someone’s favorite film, and more.
Gimme the Loot is currently expanding to select theaters.
Given the presence your film had at Cannes and SXSW, did »
- Nick Allen
Chicago – The world of the movies is also a world of discovery. Like new, hot authors, the breakthrough directors emerge with an original first work that generates deserved attention. Writer/director Adam Leon has created that freshness in the his debut feature, “Gimme the Loot.”
This is an inspired urban comedy, with casting choices that are letter perfect. To think that New York City graffiti artists are looking to score the ultimate tag is a precious MacGuffin (the Alfred Hitchcock term for something in a film that seems important but doesn’t end up that way), and the foul mouthed pursuers of this truth measure the levels of their wackiness through a bizarre cityscape barometer. Writer/director Leon generated the fun through the grit of the mean streets and the dogged determination of the raw, winning performances from his cast.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Title: Gimme the Loot Director: Adam Leon Starring: Ty Hickson, Tashiana Washington, Zoë Lescaze, Adam Metzger After bowing at Cannes, writer-director Adam Leon’s “Gimme the Loot” was a 2012 festival staple, and it’s easy to see why. A slim, low-budget coming-of-age tale whose richness lies entirely in its interstices, it’s a keenly observed work that celebrates the unfettered joys of youth, and rewards viewers by reminding them of the power of a simple tale told well. Bronx teenagers Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington) are best friends but not romantically involved. Instead, they’re bound together by their love of tagging. When a rival gang of graffiti artists deface one of their beloved [ Read More ]
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In specialty box office news, with regards to two films we've covered quite a bit, both opening last Friday... First, Gimme The Loot, written and directed by New York-based Adam Leon, was released by Sundance Selects, ending the weekend with a fairly solid $23,400, considering that it opened in just 1 theater - IFC Center in NYC. The Grand Jury Prize award winning film (last year's SXSW Film Festival) will expand to theaters in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, Philly, and more, in coming weeks. The film stars relative newcomers in Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson. It's received some public celebrity love since its debut last year, from the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Gimme The Loot, written and directed by New York-based Adam Leon, has been acquired for distribution by Sundance Selects about a year ago, picking up North American and Latin American rights to the film. The film won the Grand Jury Prize in the Narrative Feature section of last year's SXSW Film Festival. Starring Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson, the film's synopsis reads: Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. Over the course of two »
- Tambay A. Obenson
After years and years of watching movies, one tires of crime and heist films that follow the same patterns: the same plots of aged criminals coming back for one last heist, or of new criminals, usually non-witty white guys with short-cropped hair, needing money to get their first heist in action. The detailed similarities between most films of the genre are almost too numerous to count, and they.re made all the more obvious when set up against the flighty, good-natured thievery displayed in Gimme the Loot, the debut feature from writer/director Adam Leon. After going the festival route, and winning SXSW.s Grand Jury award in that time, Gimme the Loot is hitting theaters in March, and IFC Films has just released the first theatrical trailer for the film, showing off the unique relationship between the graffiti artist lead characters Sofia (Tashiana Washington) and Malcom (Ty Hickson) as »
Here’s a look at the well-received debut of Adam Leon. Gimme The Loot is a sweet-looking romantic-coming-of-age comedy. There seems to be a lot going on in the trailer, and so I’m not exactly sure what is going on at times or how people are connected, but the quotes are certainly glowing. The film seems to have some sparkling dialogue delivered from relatively new actors such as Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, and Joshua Rivera.
Gimme The Loot has been playing a number of Us festivals, and will receive a limited release on 22nd March and then in the UK sometime in May.
Source: IFC Films and Imp Awards
- Luke Ryan Baldock
"Do what you gotta do to make that happen!" Sundance Selects has unveiled an official release trailer for Adam Leon's award-winning feature film Gimme the Loot, taking place in and around New York City and Brooklyn/Queens. The indie drama stars newcomers Ty Hickson as Malcolm and Tashiana Washington as Sofia, two young "writers" from New York, in what is essentially a modern teenage love story. I saw this film while I was at the Cannes Film Festival last year and did not enjoy it, unfortunately. It does have praise and may connect with some viewers in the right way. If you're interested, give the new trailer a look below. Watch the official release trailer for Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot, in high def from Apple: When Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, the two determined Bronx teens must hustle, steal, »
- Alex Billington
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