‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’
No one but Spike Lee can make Spike Lee movies. Even when he does a remake, and one that’s sometimes scene-for-scene, it could still only come from Spike. Tackling the ’70s black vampire cult classic “Ganja & Hess,” he tells of a moneyed doctor (Stephen Tyrone Williams) who shares a lust for blood with his mate (Felicia Pearson) as they hold up on his Martha’s Vineyard estate (40 acres, but no mule, as he points out). Funded on Kickstarter after his semi-fumbled attempt to play nice with “Oldboy,” it’s Lee working with no one and nothing to hold him back, except for his limited budget. (It does look more handsome than his last no-money affair, “Red Hook Summer.”) Even for a Spike Lee joint, this doesn’t always fit together. Sometimes it’s stiff (Williams is a beyond remote lead), sometimes it’s wild (the music cues are nuts) and sometimes, as in a molasses-slow seduction scene, it’s just right. The jaggedness has always been part of the appeal when it comes to Spike, and it’s thrilling seeing where this look at black wealth amongst white society will go next.