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Coffee and Cigarettes
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by Dr Nick

"Cool people drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes"
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2004: The latest creation from Jim Jarmusch is not a feature film as such, but a series of short films, shot over a period of seventeen years and finally compiled into one 96 minute film. Loosely connected by recurring topics of conversation, the films show a range of famous actors and musicians meeting over a cup of coffee and some cigarettes. It does get slightly repetitive and some of the films are better than others, but as a whole this is a fascinating compilation from one of contemporary cinema's most unique voices.

For a film like this to work, you can?t just have any actors. That?s where being Jim ?as cool as they come? Jarmusch comes in pretty handy. When you know people like Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni and Steve Buscemi, and can get them to be in your film, no matter what you get them to do, it?s always going to be worth watching. Even if it?s something as simple as drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. Throw in Bill Murray, Steve Coogan and The Wu-Tang Clan, some very funny dialogue and some amazing cinematographers, and you have the blue-print for a cult hit. This is just really cool people being, well?really cool.

Roberto Benigni plays a hyper-active caffeine addict (Can he play anything but hyper-active? Does it matter?). A shy and submissive Iggy Pop has an awkward cup of coffee and cigarettes with Tom Waits, who takes offence at most of Iggy?s comments. Steve Buscemi discusses conspiracy theories with two twins, telling them that Elvis had an evil twin who basically ruined The King?s carreer by getting fat. Joe Rigano and Vinny Vella argue about the dangers of smoking and the refined taste of roasted peas. Steve Coogan finds out that he is Alfred Molina?s cousin in the only film where tea and not coffee, is the drink of choice. And so on...in film after film we have famous people, most of them known from Jarmusch?s other films, having slightly absurd conversations under quite surreal circumstances.

They all complain about the dangers of smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee, but none of them are really interested in quitting. Joe Regano won?t because he ?ain?t no fucking quitter?, Tom Waits has quit, but that only means that now he can have just one. Only thing is that he tends to have another one after that.

In Delirium, my favourite of the segments, RZA and GZA from The Wu-Tang Clan are amazed to find Bill Murray as their waiter. Or actually, they?re amazed to find Bill ?Groundhog Day, Ghostbustin-ass? Murray or Bill ?Motherfuckin? Murray as their waiter.

In what's perhaps the weakest film in this compilation, Jack and Meg White from The White Stripes discuss the inventions of Nikola Tekla. It's not a bad film at all. It just lacks some of the charm of the other ones and their acting skills are maybe not the best.

A fascinating compilation of short films from a man with a very unique sense of humour. These are all funny films, but they don't all benefit from being shown one after the other. It makes the whole thing a bit repetitive and makes the weaker films stand out more.

Beautifully shot in black and white this compilation makes for a great chill-out film, which just makes you want to head straight down to the local coffee shop. It?s just a shame I can?t get Steve Buscemi or Iggy Pop to join me. All in all it?s great fun. Simple yet fascinating.

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originally posted: 08/18/04 10:39:10
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Sydney Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Sydney Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 San Francisco Film Festival. For more in the 2004 San Francisco Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival series, click here.
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User Comments

11/07/06 Carol Baker worst documentary ever. not watchable 1 stars
5/22/06 Agent Sands Funny, interesting vignettes. 4 stars
8/10/05 The Grinch Both the Emperor and Jarmusch have no clothes... 2 stars
5/14/05 Indrid Cold A few scenes work, but mostly quite boring. 3 stars
2/14/05 Angela Saunders Moves toooo slooooowly. Complete waste of time, had to turn it off. 1 stars
12/19/04 MyGreenBed Other than the Waits-Iggy segment, this is an awful failure. Blue In The Face is better. 1 stars
10/26/04 nicki the different ingredients go well together 4 stars
10/18/04 Sharon great movie but no long enough, we need more more and more 5 stars
10/03/04 el burro Completely pretentious navel gazing 1 stars
8/10/04 ZF the Blanchett and Molina/Coogan bits were good, the rest blah 3 stars
7/28/04 pantseatflyer only the Bill Murray clip was funny 2 stars
7/25/04 Agent Sands Hilarious, really creative, interesting, & quite weary of how unhealthy the title duo is. 5 stars
3/19/04 Bingo was his name-o A little slow moving for most tastes, but well worth seeing. 3 stars
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  14-May-2004 (R)
  DVD: 21-Sep-2004


  19-Aug-2004 (M)

Directed by
  Jim Jarmusch

Written by
  Jim Jarmusch

  Cate Blanchett
  Steve Buscemi
  Alfred Molina
  Bill Murray
  Roberto Benigni
  Steve Coogan

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