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September 27, 2004

Too mad to "Lean Back"

Wow, quite a passionate discourse last week on the subject of irony. And all of you that claim that Alanis intended the song to be ironic cause there's no irony in the song... oh come on! Doesn't that sound like Monday morning quarterbacking? But fear not, I will not ever dare to question your Canadian Songstress again.

Onto more important things: I really enjoy washing my car in those "pull your car into the stall and rent our water, hose, brush and vacuum" places. I don't know why, but there's something very cathartic about it. If you've never tried it, give it a try. I recommend going alone, cause if you go with someone else, you're gonna be all in your head if it's someone from the opposite sex about whether or not you should go for the "slow-motion chewing gum commercial moment" and spray them with the hose. So go with someone of the same sex. Unless your gay, then you're stuck with the hose problem again. (no pun intended) Hmmm. Fuck it, just go alone. Why do you always have to do things with other people; being alone is refreshing. Washing your own car allows you to quiet your mind for 10 minutes (or more if you have enough quarters).

I saw an odd thing while there today. A guy was BLASTING the song "Lean Back" by Fat Joe from his radio right beneath an enormous sign that says, "Please Be Respectful: No Loud Music". And the guy who works there walks up to the guy and very politely asks him to turn it down. The guy just shook his head "no". And he did it really casually too. As though someone had asked him if he'd like more coffee or if he swings. As if to say, "No thank you, that request doesn't fit my needs today." I felt so bad for the "guy who asks people to turn down their music when it's too loud" guy. I mean; that's pretty much his only function. It must be hard for him to go home and tell his kids about what I imagine he's referring to as the "Fat Joe: Lean Back" incident. Every time he's out now and hears "Lean Back" he'll immediately get all pissed off. And while all his friends are dancing in the club and yelling over the music, "Hey Juan or Bob or Reggie (no idea what race he was) why aren't you leaning back like the rest of us? It's a really easy dance, all you have to do is lean back. Don't be shy, it's not nearly as complicated as the Macarana, the Humpty dance or the Hora." And he'll go home alone that night cause he was in too bad a mood to spit magic at the ladies and find his kids a step-baby's momma.

I'm directing Scrubs next week. Episode 408. This will be my first time doing it, so I'm pretty excited.

You can officially pre-order the Garden State DVD on foxstore.com. It's scheduled to come out on 12/28. But I'm trying to get in moved up a little bit, so we'll see. It's got tons of really cool extras, commentary from me, Nat, the cinematographer, the production designer and the editor. It's got about 1/2 hours worth of cut out scenes and bloopers and a behind the scenes documentary. I'm a DVD junkie, so it's a DVD designed by a DVD junkie for DVD junkies.

Song of the Week:
Fiona Apple: Paper Bag

A little trivia for you true F.O.G.S': of all the amazing bands and music I was able to get to be in GS, Fiona is the only person that turned me down. (or her manager did. I'll never know if my letter ever made it to her.) Imagine my surprise when Coldplay, Simon and Garfunkel, and Nick Drake said yes, but Fiona (or her people) said no way. Anyhoo, to prove there's no hard feelings, I'd like to share it with you. I still think she's an amazing talent and this song would have been in the movie if I had my drothers.

Favorite Sandwich: the #2

Be nice.

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Did I mention that I call my dog "Boo Boo Kitty" and don't know why. Her name is Emma, but I am drawn to calling her this absurd name. It's demeaning, and very immasculine.

Posted by: 25 mph | Sep 27, 2004 7:26:05 AM

*gasp* I'm I the first one? The first comment? Well, I better get crackin'. I am the only one in the USA that hasn't seen it yet. I WILL PREVAIL! I think I have to wait for my hubby to get back from Kuwait first. Love Scrubs!! (I'm a nurse.) Woo-Hoo!

Posted by: Beth | Sep 27, 2004 7:27:12 AM

dang it! almost first... :P

Posted by: Beth Younger | Sep 27, 2004 7:28:12 AM

Garden State DVD!
What an awesome Christmas present!
Can't wait for the Scrubs episode....Scrubs is the ONLY show my boyfriend and I both this is awesome.

Posted by: Claire | Sep 27, 2004 7:29:07 AM

(p.s. Your blogs "sound" like J.D. Is "Zach" just a cover?)

Posted by: Beth | Sep 27, 2004 7:30:20 AM

I always think that there isn't anything that could make me crush on you more (first Scrubs, then GS, then you're dropping GG refs and love Travis), and then I read your next entry and I'm smitten all over again (I can't believe that there is a boy that loves Fiona Apple *and* doesn't think that AM is ironic in the least). Thank you for having this blog, even though I am one of those skeptics that isn't sure if it's really you- sorry for the doubting Thomas routine, but come on- like you don't have lunches to attend at the Ivy, or drinks to drink at The Standard. Hope you have a wonderful day, and again, thanks. For everything.

Posted by: Cathi | Sep 27, 2004 7:30:46 AM

hey zach, still spreadin the word on Garden State. Everyone down here in Texas is finally gettin up to date. takes awhile down here...we're still tryin to figure out who shot JR. anyway, i confess i had very little to say today, but i saw how close i was to the top i had no choice. I am gonna go see GS again wednesday. Its almost become my date movie...if by date you mean sittin shotgun to a 70 oz coke and goobers. anyway, good luck directing scrubs im sure it will be amazing. later dude

Posted by: gabe burt | Sep 27, 2004 7:32:33 AM

Nick Drake is dead, so how do you go about getting permission to use a song from a dead person?
I love you

Posted by: Andrew O'Connor | Sep 27, 2004 7:32:34 AM

hey Zach, we know you won a prize already from somebody for being " Most Visionary Director of the Year" or something like that. any comments?

and btw, are you excited about the upcoming Awards Season? you think you got any chances in the writing dept?

Cheers, Hakeem.

Posted by: Hakeem | Sep 27, 2004 7:33:40 AM

you've just gotten me to listen to fiona apple again after being neglected for a long time. lately, I've been on this strange interpol kick...I don't know why either.

Posted by: Emily | Sep 27, 2004 7:34:24 AM

Oh wow. I'm one of the first ones. This is a lot of pressure. And now I'm going to be late for class. Zach - your blog is a bad influence on me. I was reading your old posts yesterday - it's so crazy how this blog has exploded in just a few weeks. On some of your first posts you had about 30 comments - now you're up to 2000! How great does that make you feel? I have about 4 people that read my blog. But then again, I'm not a movie star. Well, I won't waste any more of this valuable real estate. Have a good week - don't work yourself too hard!

Oh...I'll preorder Garden State when I get back from class...that's so long to wait though (December 28th? Who picked that date?)...oh well - take care!

Posted by: Heather | Sep 27, 2004 7:35:15 AM

Hey did those vacuum cleaners have scented spray and foam for an extra quarter or two? If they did resist the urge...the "new car smell" I got wasn't smelling anywhere near something new.
Anyhow, since I have the chance to say it...the movie was beautiful and beautifully written. *High five*

Posted by: Reyanne | Sep 27, 2004 7:35:49 AM

Does the # 2 come with purple stuff?

Posted by: Andrew O'Connor | Sep 27, 2004 7:36:22 AM

Hey, this may be a stupid question, but I have to ask...Is 'Mark' supposed to be in love with 'Large'? Anyway...can't wait for scrubs tomorrow night. By the way...are you all atoned? Did you have enough atonement for one day? I got pretty drunk really quickly Saturday night, luckily I didn't do anything I'd have to atone for again...unless drinking counts...does drinking count? --Sarah Diamond

Posted by: Sarah D | Sep 27, 2004 7:36:31 AM

I just saw Garden State last night and thought it was great! Everyone did a bang up job. And in reference to "Boo Boo Kitty", that is from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jay calls Justice "Boo Boo Kitty F***".

Posted by: Maren | Sep 27, 2004 7:37:58 AM

Hey Zach, thank you for Garden State. For real.

But more importantly, two questions:
do you like nachos?
jam or jelly?

big big love, annie

Posted by: Annie | Sep 27, 2004 7:38:33 AM

ZB, you're so funny! I'm not a big fan of rap, but ya gotta love lean back... really i just wanted you to know how funny you are. And i agree w/ you on the alanis issue... i also think she sold out... when she chopped her hair off, i strongly believe there's a direct correlation... peace and love!

Posted by: Gracie | Sep 27, 2004 7:39:15 AM

Wow, that totally brightened my day! I always think about those poor guys with the fruitless jobs, too. Like those guys in Manhattan who have to sweep outside the stores... c'mon, little guy, it's just going to get dirty again. Like, within the next thirty seconds.
I'm a total DVD-junkie too, so I'm about to cry with happiness about the Garden State DVD. You know which movie has the best special features? Definitely Fight Club. There are like, a million. But hello? You've got to get it out before the 28th. Unless there's going to be an influx of New Year Giftgivers, it's gotta be out by Christmas/Hannukah. C'mon, Zach.

Posted by: Christine | Sep 27, 2004 7:41:23 AM

fiona apple is awesome. i have always enjoyed some good depressing music and she fits the bill.

Posted by: melf | Sep 27, 2004 7:43:27 AM

Have you ever wondered why superman can take bullets to the chest but ducks when the gun is thrown at him? Ponder....

Also, I am an i-tunes junky...would you do a celeb list? Get your people on that, would ya? ;)

Posted by: Sarah | Sep 27, 2004 7:43:43 AM

Have you ever wondered why superman can take bullets to the chest but ducks when the gun is thrown at him? Ponder....

Also, I am an i-tunes junky...would you do a celeb list? Get your people on that, would ya? ;)

Posted by: Sarah | Sep 27, 2004 7:43:43 AM

So while washing my car manually can be quite fun, i personally like the automatic washer it my town. It has rainbow colored soap so it's quite entertaining to sit in my car while all the windows turn pink, yellow, and blue!

Anyway, I wanted to know when you're going to start filming for your next film? And do you usually hire any interns? I have to complete an internship for my major so i figured i might as well try to get one with a director or company i respect. Anyway, I just thought i'd check.

Hope you're enjoying your new, clean car!

Posted by: Jen | Sep 27, 2004 7:43:47 AM

Dear Zach:
I wrote you a note before about how very sad Garden State made me feel, initially. And how I wept and felt as those I'd been poked somewhere, hard. (But then couldn't--and didn't want to--stop reading and thinking about talking about the film.)

So, this weekend I took four friends to see Garden State, and I kept warning them about how the film is very sad, and that they should feel prepared to cry. (I was under a lot of pressure! I'd just told them all that this was the best movie ever! I made all of them spend eight dollars!)

And so, we watched the movie. This was my second time watching it, and I loved it even more. (Yours is one of the only movies in which I feel myself responding physically-- my heart pounds, I hyperventilate, I even sorta swoon.)

But then, when the film ended, four heads swivelled around at me, totally confused. My friends did love the movie, but the way I'd carried on, they totally expected to be fully horrified and/or grossed out by a terrible, fiery, and depressing ending.

Yeah, so after some thought, I think my initial response to Garden State was a totally selfish one. I was saddened beyond words because I don't have what Large finds.

Heh. That makes me feel like a jerk. :)

But anyway,

thank you, ever so much for this movie. This movie affects me in the rare way the way my favorite music does: it makes me feel so hopeful and pleased, to live in a world, with other people, in which I can truly believe in impossibly beautiful things. And even though I don't have what Large finds, it really, truly gives me hope that all this exists. That someone could exist and write such a beautiful film, and that so many other people could connect with it in this way... it all gives me such hope. The film does not make me sad anymore.

Not like you haven't heard it already! But thank you.

(Also, I work in development for a truly awesome no-kill animal shelter, and, um, if you felt like coming to Pittsburgh, and being an honorary chairperson for a truly fun and worthwhile charity ball that raises money for homeless dogs and cats (and programs that raise money to help senior citizens and troubled kids through animal-related approaches), then I'm your girl. I know this is kind of crazy. But. um. www.animal-friends.org. :) There. )

With utmost admiration,


Posted by: Jolene | Sep 27, 2004 7:45:31 AM

Holy hell you're right Sara D, it is from Jay & SB. Well, now my dog and I can rest easy, knowing I have unsuccessfully plagarized her nickname.

Posted by: 25 mph | Sep 27, 2004 7:45:39 AM

Good luck on directing the ep! That's awesome.

Looking forward to the Garden State DVD.

I have a question, which may sound silly, any maybe someone has already asked you, but I have to ask...Do you play D&D? I ask because in the scene with you and Peter Saarsgard in his room, on the bookshelf behind you is a stack of D&D books. I wondered if it was a little *winkwink* to gamers.

Just curious, have a great week.

Posted by: merimac | Sep 27, 2004 7:46:31 AM