Everything's Gone Green

 

Year: 2006

Writer: Douglas Coupland

Director: Paul Fox

Budget: $2 million canadian dollars (estimated)

i've talked a lot in the past about how many of the films i have discussed on the blog/podcast i saw because of the director (either it is one of my favorite directors, or they had done something in the past that i had enjoyed and was curious to see what else they would do, etc...).  well, with Everything's Gone Green, it was all about the writer, and that writer is douglas coupland.

i know this is a film blog/podcast, but if you will be so kind as to allow this digression into books, i will tell you about my love for douglas coupland.

the first book of his i read was Girlfriend In A Coma and it instantly became, and still is, one of the five best books i have ever read.  since then i have read the excellent Hey, Nostradamous and the good JPod, and i have Eleanor Rigby sitting on my shelf waiting for me (he is also the guy that wrote the book, that coined the term, Generation X).  needless to say i am a big fan and so i was very intrigued to see Everything's Gone Green for that reason alone.

and i have to say, not only did i enjoy it, but it really felt like a coupland novel. director paul fox, really captured the essence of what i have always felt when reading couplands novels.  and, to be honest i am not exactly sure why.  it was eveything, from the dialogue and the story (which were obviously writen by coupland), to the way it was filmed and the locations used and how fox projected vancouver (which is where coupland lives and where most of his stories take place).  i even saw places and settings that looked as i had pictures them in my head when reading his novels (and i have never been to vancouver).

what has always stuck me about couplands work was how brilliant he is at speaking to a generation.  much of the first half of Girlfriend In A Coma is about a group of friends finishing high school and then wat?  it is about that post high school time when for some everything is possible and for others it feels like it is all downhill.  then into thier 20s as the questions like: 'what is life all about?', 'what am i supposed to be doing?', 'is this it?' starts to permeate your thinking...  his writing is dead-on.

The film is about, to quote IMDB, Ryan, a good-natured slacker, is tempted into a money laundering scheme while working for a lottery magazine.  you can see the coupland-esque possibilities in a story like that: the slacker growing up, figuring life out, how important is money, what is the point of it all, etc....  now, Everything's Gone Green isn't as good as the books of his i have read.  but, it felt good and, like i said before, did an admiral job of bringing coupland to the screen.

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