Hobo With A Shotgun film review
By Kryshan Randel
By the time Hobo With A Shotgun was originally released in the spring of 2010, I had been following the festival buzz for most of that winter. The reviews coming out of Sundance, South By Southwest etc. were ecstatic, even from publications such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. When I finally got to see it, Shotgun blew me away.
Jason Eisener won the Canadian filmmaking lottery with this film. After winning the Grindhouse trailer contest with the 2-minute version of his idea, he got feature film funding from Telefilm. Then he got the freedom to make the movie as outrageous and uncompromising as he wanted. Then he received a country-wide release from Alliance Films. The result is gloriously badass, an instant grindhouse classic.
Make no mistake, you've never seen anything like this before come out of Canada before, not even in the tax shelter days from which Cronenberg got his start. Hobo With A Shotgun is not perfect - some scenes drag on too long, the shock value occasionally feels forced, the story is minimal - but it's a fully realized vision, made with tremendous passion, wit and creativity. Eisener turned Dartmouth into his own personal neon-drenched Sin City hellhole, and it's a blast.
Eisner's motto was More Blood, More Heart. Love it or hate it, it's as if someone put a gun to Jason's head and told him "you've only got one shot at this, so put everything you love about genre cinema into this movie, don't censor yourself, you have free reign." You can feel in every frame the same can-do spirit as El Mariachi, Evil Dead and Bad Taste. Those movies weren't perfect either, but the directors went on to make Sin City, Spider-Man, Lord Of The Rings, and you could feel that they had that enormous potential from the beginning. Same thing with Jason.
Canadian films like Hobo With A Shotgun give me hope to keep making my own genre films within this country, with the extremely talented casts and crews that I love to work with, and maybe even with some Canadian funding if I'm fortunate enough.
However, movies like this won't get funded and released in Canada if nobody sees them. So seek it out on Canada Screens, and enjoy one the most wildly uninhibited Canadian genre films ever made.

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French Canadian Films to Watch in the Language of Love on Valentine's Day!
French Canadian Films to Watch in the Language of Love on Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day Canada! 

First Weekend Club and CanadaScreens.ca invite you to cuddle up with us this week as we launch our French Language Channel for Canadian Film! Co-presented by Visions Ouest Productions and Curated by Paul Gratton, we offer film-loving audiences the discovery of some of the finest, and internationally acclaimed Canadian films, available to watch anytime from anywhere in Canada, in yes, 'the language of love’! Whether you're with your sweetie, or enjoing the sweetness of solitude, bring out the chocolates and binge on Canadian Film in French with us! 

12 French Canadian Films You Must See
12 French Canadian Films You Must See
We invited the the Chairman of the First Weekend Club board of directors Paul Gratton, who is a passionate cinephile with a particular love for and knowledge of French Canadian Cinema to select some of his favourite films for our new channel. Paul provides a beautiful introduction to Quebec cinema and then offers a brief overview of his 12 recommended titles which you will find below. In addition, we invited the National Film Board of Canada to pair each feature film with a short French Canadian film, which we are offering as a complimentary viewing. We believe this is a great introduction to some of our country’s finest French language films! We hope you'll agree!

Spotlight on Siobhan Devine
Spotlight on Siobhan Devine
CanadaScreens.ca is proud to put the spotlight on female directors and this month, alongside the exciting launch of our new VOD online channel of films exclusively by female directors, we are shining a light brightly on director Siobhan Devine, a Vancouver-based award winning filmmaker. Siobhan is an alumnus of CWC's Women in the Director's Chair.

This spotlight comes during our exciting launch of our important new initiative; October 27th, 2016, CanadaScreens is dedicating our work to not only celebrating how many different screens Canadians can watch films on, but also, and importantly, celebrating whose 'lenses' we are seeing stories told through. Collaborating with WIDC, CanadaScreens.ca, First Weekend Club and the National Film Board have now created a VOD channel exclusively for Women In the Director’s Chair!