Excerpt: Hope City has an inspiring name, but its streets have become overrun with crime. When a hobo (Rutger Hauer) arrives and plans to start a new life, he discovers how far gone Hope City has become. He himself is forced to demean himself in order to get some cash, but he uses the funds to purchase a lawn mower. After all, if he can earn some cash and make the city look better at the same time, that is all he can ask for.
Excerpt: before it, started life as a fake trailer made to be shown in between the two features that made up Tarantino and Rodriguez’s Grindhouse double feature. The fake trailer was shown at Canadian theatrical screenings and became a pretty popular clip on YouTube and, low and behold, Jason Eisener managed to get funding to make the trailer into a feature with none other than the legendary Rutger Hauer in the lead role.
Excerpt: “Sometimes, on the street, a broom just ain’t gonna fucking cut it. That’s when you’ve got to get a shotgun!” In this film, never a truer word was spoken. If I’m honest, until Death Proof and Planet Terror came along in 2007 I’d never even heard of Grindhouse; and if I want to be even more honest, I didn’t think I’d missed much. But, I’m always open to a new film experience so I went into Hobo with a Shotgun with an open mind.
Excerpt: The Film The whole point of exploitation cinema is that it's rough and ready. When Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino made Grindhouse, they wanted to celebrate the exploitation films that had inspired them and show the world what those kind of films would look like with bigger stars, bigger budgets and lots of self reverence. Personally, I thought they failed overall and on this site you'll find my views on Death Proof and Planet Terror in more detail.
Excerpt: The 1970s is the decade most closely associated with the grindhouse theater. The Fifties had television, the Sixties the arthouse, and the Eighties saw the rise of home video, leaving only a brief time for exploitation fare to flower as it did in the grindhouse. All of which makes the Tarantino/Rodriguez collaboration Grindhouse that much more interesting, because rather than sticking completely in the 1970s, Grindhouse moves between eras.
Summary: Movies are serious business. Box office numbers are like scripture readings to the brass who head the major studios. Even the independent filmmaker has to deal with the cold reality that it takes money to make a movie. Many find themselves somehow corrupted or changed by the atmosphere. It’s nice to catch a glimpse of that pirate spirit that still exists in some corners of the movie world. I won’t promise anything deep here.
Excerpt: Ricky and Bubbles with a Shotgun The Film When aspiring director Jason Eisener entered his 2-minute fake trailer into the Grindhouse contest back in 2007, he probably didn't expect what would come next. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were so enamored with the authentic looking Hobo with a Shotgun that it was inserted into the film and shown in select theaters in Canada and the United States.