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Backwards

One of my favorite lines from the terrific independent Canadian movie Wilby Wonderful (2004), which I watched again the other day,

“Well, you can like the backwards way, but the backwards way can’t be better because the backwards way is wrong.”

A beautiful little ensemble piece (not a comedy, as some reviews mention, but incredibly funny and also moving) starring Canadian gems Paul Gross, Maury Chaykin, Rebecca Jenkins, Sandra Oh, Callum Keith Rennie, Ellen Page, and James Allodi. Written and directed by Daniel MacIvor, who makes the most of his role as the mayor’s bumbling brother-in-law.

(Not for kids, by the way, at least not for mine, no matter how much they adore Benton Fraser and New Burbage…)

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7 Responses

  1. I’ve put it on the Ziplist. And am encouraged by the amount of green in the availability bar. Well, encouraged for me though discouraged that no one wants to rent what you say is a wonderful film.

  2. Hi :) I awarded your blog an award. Stop by and pick it up when you have a chance!

    “This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows
    in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical,
    literary and personal values every day.”

    Your site is a treasure trove for any who stop by. Thanks so much for blogging :)

    http://www.mylittlesoapbox.net/2009/03/25/from-whimsyway/

  3. JoVE, I’m going to be optimistic and assume that those folks not using Zip are able to get wonderful Canadian indie flicks through the library…

  4. Dear MamaB, many thanks for the award, and especially for paying more attention to my little blog than I do! Though if I had really started this blog “to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day”, I’d have folded up shop long ago. This is just my own little selfish corner of the world, on public display…

  5. Wilby Wonderful is available on Hulu for those in the US…http://www.hulu.com/videos/search?query=Wilby+Wonderful

  6. AC, for those who prefer not to watch movies on the computer, WW is also available at Netflix, libraries, and Amazon.com and other booksellers.

  7. I’m always happy to add one of your recommendations to my list, Becky — thanks!

    (And while I’m here, the URLs have changed a little on my site — my U.S. history reading recommendations are now at http://chrisbarton.info/blog/labels/us_history_reading)

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