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August 26, 2004

Visions and Revisions

Hello everyone!

Sorry for taking awhile to post, but I've had a lot of your comments to read. It is truly astonishing how many of you start your posts with, "I know you're not reading this, but..." Then there are those who write, "I know you're not reading this, but... Just kidding, Zach. It's soooooo cool that you read this." Anyway, most days I really do try to read all of them, although sometimes it proves impossible. But anyway, thank you all again for saying such kind things about Garden State. The film will continue to expand this weekend onto more screens. Check out www.moviefone.com to find out how close it is to you now.

Also, check out this article in the New York Daily News.

It's crazy. Our little blog is so big time now. I feel like I should talk about important things, but fuck it - I'd rather talk about Manatees boning.

On a serious note though: I wanted to address something VERY important. Garden State is not a movie that condemns taking medication for psychiatric reasons. Please do not interpret what I wrote to mean that life is better spent without medicine. I have seen countless friends and loved ones have their lives changed and sometimes saved with the aid of antidepressants and the like. Garden State focuses on a character that was incorrectly prescribed some very serious medication at a young age and never had the opportunity to find a way or reason to come off them. He also quits cold turkey which is something you should NEVER do! I completely support medicine when it's needed. And in total honesty, this is not some paragraph I was asked to write by lawyers, I felt I needed to be totally clear with many of you who've shared some very personal things.

What Garden State's really about is how short life is. And how we get caught up in so many entanglements and insecurities and worries and obsessions and trivial arguments while life races right by us shaking it's head at how seriously we take ourselves. Keep in mind that the sun's gonna burn out in about a million years and truly nothing will have mattered.

This is all summed up way better than I could express it in two amazing ways:

The Colin Hay song, "Waiting For My Real Life to Begin". (Which is an amazing song and you should find it - www.colinhay.com)

and

The T.S. Eliot poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock". Read it a couple of times, it's truly beautiful.

Not sure what else to talk about today. My tv show Scrubs premieres on Tuesday night, so that's pretty cool. Oh, on that note. This is a Garden State blog, but I feel I must address this question since it is the most asked question in my life:

Why didn't they just kill Gilligan?

No, not that. THE SCRUBS DVD?????? When is the Scrubs DVD coming out?

The answer... please spread the word and tell anyone who cares... is that Touchstone TV wants to wait until they sell the syndication rights to the show before they release the DVDs. As soon as that happens they will come out. Hopefully that will happen this season. Thanks for being patient. I know it's weird to watch everything else that's ever been on TV come out like:

ALF - puppet or prophet.

Screech - his story.

Land of the Lost - searching for Sleestacks.

I'd like to make a series of videos like "Girls Gone Wild", but it's called "Girls Gone Crazy". On my show girls don't flash their chests, they're quite literally Girls who've Gone Crazy. We see video of them stabbing each other with pens, urinating on cars, calling mailboxes "Lucifer" and other fun stuff like that.

Now for some answers to common questions:

Yes.
No.
Neither.
Like a bear.
Ashley.

Peace and, oh why the hell not, love as well,
ZB

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Comments

wOOOoooOOOoooOOO!
scrubs on tuesday!!!!!!

Posted by: Claire | Aug 26, 2004 8:50:10 PM

yay! I'm the first to post. I saw the movie last week and loved it. After I bought the soundtrack and can't stop listening to that either. Congratulations on such a success. I've been following message boards as well as subscribing to news.google.com, so I get every review of Garden State as it comes out. Good luck in the future!

Posted by: Claire | Aug 26, 2004 8:51:07 PM

oh, i forgot (in my excitement)
a book you might like:

Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

goooood boook. deals with some "Garden State" issues.

Posted by: Claire | Aug 26, 2004 8:51:15 PM

whoa, i can't believe you're reading all (or many) of the comments. you're really awesome for doing that.
i can't wait until scrubs premieres!

i hope everthing continues to go well with you.

-Anna

Posted by: Anna | Aug 26, 2004 8:51:56 PM

SWEET! I'm the first person to comment this time. Crazy.

This has been a shitty week, so maybe I'll go see your movie again.

I just saw Shaun Of The Dead, tonight. Awesome movie. The movies rock. They take your mind off of your troubles and make you feel less shitty.

<3

Posted by: Andrea | Aug 26, 2004 8:52:09 PM

Say Zach, how did you ever become so damn cool? Any advice on being as cool as you would be greatly appreciated.


PS - I'm not being sarcastic.

Posted by: Justin | Aug 26, 2004 8:53:02 PM

how strange is it that the first two people to post are both named Claire?

--Claire (post 1 and 3....and this one)

Posted by: Claire | Aug 26, 2004 8:53:26 PM

K, so maybe I THOUGHT I was the first to comment.

<3

Posted by: Andrea | Aug 26, 2004 8:54:24 PM

haha! i am the first to comment!
i thought about putting that in my post but figured that would jinx me.

garden state rules.
Tshirt?? how can we get them?? pretty please??
i'll send you manatee porn!!!!

Posted by: Claire | Aug 26, 2004 8:56:04 PM

haha! i am the first to comment!
i thought about putting that in my first post but figured that would jinx me.

garden state rules.
Tshirt?? how can we get them?? pretty please??
i'll send you manatee porn!!!!

Posted by: Claire | Aug 26, 2004 8:56:54 PM

I'm seriously wanting the Garden State DVD to come out NOW. It'd be so much easier than driving to the movie theater every other day.

Posted by: Laurin | Aug 26, 2004 8:57:05 PM

Just wanted to thank you for making such a beautiful movie. I pretty much cried the entire first time I watched it. The second time I laughed. It really is an amazing peice of work.

Posted by: lizz | Aug 26, 2004 8:57:29 PM

pssst.

i know you're reading this, 'cause i'm like, ninth in the comment list.

I LOOOOVE YOU and i love your movie. i'd still love to hit you for writing it first, though.

i should probably include some random comment to make this memorable, but really, the only thing i've got right now is that your dad's a hobbit. so. there goes that.

love,
lo

Posted by: Lo | Aug 26, 2004 8:57:43 PM

Zach's a Prufrocker; I should have known. But does he dare to eat a peach? That's the real question.

I would so buy those videos.

Posted by: Molly | Aug 26, 2004 8:58:12 PM

**RE-Posting my comment cause i am stuck somewhere in the middle/end of the last blog post comments!!!**

AWESOME MOVIE!!!

My visual manager at work said GO SEE GARDEN STATE and has been playing the soundtrack all day EVERY day at work, so I had to go check it out. You did a fabulous job with EVERYTHING. Especially the music. And I'm a big music person. :) And, I've been watching Scrubs since it started, and it's always been a great show. Scrubs even tops my all-time favorite (Sopranos)!!!

WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME??? CAN I HAVE SOME?

Oh, if you are ever in NYC for a couple days, and wanna see the best local bands in the village/bronx/ westchester area (and I mean the BEST, I know them all!), drop me an email! You definitely seem like a cool dude to make friendly with. :)

I'm too giddy, I am signing off now...

Love,
a little tattooed Irish girl :)

Posted by: Erin | Aug 26, 2004 8:59:03 PM

Wooo! Comment number 2!!! Im so proud of myself! anyway...I saw your phenominal movie for the 3rd time last night, and I wanted to say that the reason I love watching it over and over is how real the characters are. FANTASTIC job on that Zach. I also think the non traditional script structure is great. After reading this blog, the end makes perfect sense to me, with Marc, Jesse, and Mr. Largeman all not taking advantage of life, and then Andrew doing something he wants to do. One question, what was the significance of when the three shouted into the abyss? I kind of understand how Large wanted to "let it out" but i was wondering if it was more than that? Thanks again, I do feel really alone and overdue(like you said) for the next part of my life to start, and I just cant wait for college. Thank you for not making me feel as alone as I did. I cant wait for your next film. You're the greatest Zach.

Posted by: Dave | Aug 26, 2004 8:59:06 PM

hey,

Scrubs is awesome. Haven't seen the movie yet but planning on it. I know you are a fan of the olympics (who isn't, its a crime not be isn't it?) and I hear there is an event called "Trampolining", just keep your eyes out for it. Check my blog if you get a chance!

k.e.

Posted by: kit | Aug 26, 2004 8:59:28 PM

Zach,
I am interested in going to film school and I want to hear your thoughts on northwestern. Right now I am choosing between straight film schools (as in production) and studying film studies at a liberal arts college.

Anyway, I love northwestern but I kind of have weird relationship to evanston...don't ask, to many Mustard's Last stand hot dogs...

Posted by: Anthony | Aug 26, 2004 9:00:03 PM

Braff!
You are one unique person and i totally respect you for everything you've done. Garden State has such great quotes and advice in it and some of it's actually helped me to realize to GET OUT THERE! By the way, you have great music taste, the soundtrack rocks! you hottie ;) haha

-Have a good one-

Posted by: Katie | Aug 26, 2004 9:00:06 PM

WWHHOOOAA!!! is it just my computer, or did mine and Molly's names totally get switched around on our posts?? WHat the hell???

<3

Posted by: Erin | Aug 26, 2004 9:00:17 PM

WWHHOOOAA!!! is it just my computer, or did mine and Molly's names totally get switched around on our posts?? WHat the hell???

<3

Posted by: Erin | Aug 26, 2004 9:00:53 PM

So much great talent in the movie, very impressive. And if there is some kind of preorder for that Girls Go Crazy series, sign me up.

Posted by: Blaise | Aug 26, 2004 9:01:39 PM

Zach, if you did a "Girls Gone Wild" movie Garden State style I would support it 100%, like with all the dramatic camera work and visual irony and intimate characters. That would probably be the best mail-order dvd ever.

I sincerely loved your movie by the way. If more movies were like Garden State in their approach and their intent I would probably watch movies all day instead of going to science classes ;)

Posted by: the man | Aug 26, 2004 9:05:43 PM

well Zach...all I can say is thank you. This movie hit home so much for me. I saw it a few weeks ago in LA and loved it...I thought I identified with it then because I am an actress and have dealt with losing a parent, been on medication, blah blah blah...but then last week my Grandma died and I ended having to go home and ended up going to my high school reunion...so I went home for the funeral and ended up seeing the movie again. This time I REALLY identified with it...it was weird....I felt like I knew those characters. I even ended up meeting a guy (actually from my graduating class) and connecting with him there. Wait there is more...I can barely swim...I definitely missed out on normal childhood things.....ok enough blabbing...it's a fucking great film and I look forward to the next one...wish I could have a part in it...hint hint...just kidding...don't you hate it when actors prostitute themselves? Have a groovy day!

Posted by: jen | Aug 26, 2004 9:05:52 PM

ZACH- Thanks for sharing your ark with us... Garden State was so beautiful. Your creative vision is both admired and appreciated! I can't wait to go see it again... Hard to describe in words what it felt like to me- a sort of peacefulness with the world. THANK YOU...

Posted by: Tara | Aug 26, 2004 9:06:21 PM