One of the greatest misconceptions in popular culture over the last 10 years is that Zach Braff wrote and directed ‘The Last Kiss.’ I’ve said this aloud a few times and that sentence is often met with a deluge of “he didn’t?” It’s been better lately now that ‘Wish I Was Here’ is set to hit theaters, because the overall narrative is that this is only the second film he’s directed, with the first obviously being ‘Garden State.’
The 'Wish I Was Here' trailer arrives approximately one decade since Zach Braff's feature directorial debut, 'Garden State,' and, for better or worse, it looks like time hasn't changed him very much. Braff's second effort looks very much like a spiritual sequel to his previous film, all the way down to the indie rock soundtrack.
If Zach Braff had made his Sundance premiere ‘Wish I Was Here’ immediately after 2004’s ‘Garden State,’ the filmmaker’s latest would probably have scanned as a step forward for the multi-hyphenate, with a richer storyline and a better sense of style. But a decade on, the film doesn’t even remotely read as a progression for its creator, no matter how appropriate a double feature it would make with its predecessor. It may have been 10 years since Braff made a film of his own (for ‘Wish I Was Here,’ he serves as star, co-writer, director, and producer), but his filmmaking has not emotionally matured in the slightest in the interim, and ‘Wish I Was Here’ is tangible and cinematic proof of that.
Zach Braff is coming back to TV, but don't worry, it isn't for another dreadful 'Scrubs' rehash. Instead, the 'Garden State' writer/director/star will head behind the camera for the helm of his first TV series on ABC, that of the misleadingly titled 'Garage Bar.' But will Braff remain completely behind the camera this time around, or put in an appearance? And what could 'Garage Bar' be about, if not a group of scrappy ne'er-do-wells that start a tavern out of their garage?
Through all its seven season on NBC and one (technically two, if you're feeling masochistic) on ABC, medical comedy 'Scrubs' was a truly unique series that deftly switched between drama and comedy. But with any good single camera comedy with one foot out of reality, a love of musical theatre was bursting out the seams in more episodes than the show's designated musical episode. But now that 'Scrubs' has long fallen by the wayside, might the next stop for Bill Lawrence's Sacred Heart crew be Broadway?
TVLand's 'The Exes' isn't something we normally follow, but when the stars of our favorite past series stage a reunion, we can't help but turn our heads for 'The Exes.'' Series star Donald Faison has certainly moved on from his 'Scrubs' days, but what could former 'Scrubs' star and real-life friend Zach Braff have to offer? Will the stars play best friends, or butt heads?