Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Zach Braff: from Garden State to The Last Kiss


The October 2006 issue of Paste features a feature story on Zach Braff. He is described as the “quadruple threat” who writes, directs, acts, and plays head doctor. There are some becoming photos, as there were in the February 2006 issue of Giant, that showed him in good clothes being gradually tugged apart.

No matter when he plays the gentle doctor on Scrubs that there are real issues facing doctors in the future (infection control) that could impact how they look, even in the movies.

But Braff has made documenting his own “coming of age” as an artist into a public museum. Artists can be successful at everything (especially selling their own work); he proves it. His own directed entry was Garden State two years ago (Fox Searchlight), but the current comedy The Last Kiss (Dreamworks, dir. Tony Goldwyn, screenplay by Paul Haggis, based on the Italian film “L’ultimo bacio”) has a thirty year old architect not quite ready to commit himself to one girl, to getting married, to the family bed, and then having a temptation that he can’t quite escape. He will do anything to get her back. I wouldn’t.

Of course, we can all imagine what the conservative mags will write about this. All of this hesitation about marriage and family. It’s always a stumbling block.

Is any film from Zach Braff by definition an "independent movie"? I think so.

The picture is the famous New Jersey quarry rock, viewed from an Amtrak train, about eight miles from Penn Station New York City. It has been mowed down by "mountaintop removal" as in strip mining. "Garden State" was filmed near here. I think that the quarry appeared in the film, as I recall.

1 comment:

Reel Fanatic said...

I enjoyed both Garden State and Last Kiss quite a bit, the former more than the latter, but I sure hope he moves into something besides coming-of-age fare soon ... It would be great if he played Fletch for his Scrubs director, for example