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Plot: A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 12 Mar 2004
Coffee and cigarettes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (by raresbunea)
Jim Jarmusch's 2003 Coffee and Cigarettes is a pastiche of habits, stereotypes, monotypes and common sense. It's black and white and it is like a chess table with 11 sugar cubes. Each sugar cube is an individual, totally independent vignette featuring actors caring their own names. Roberto Benigni is Roberto, Steven Wright is Steven, Cate Blanchett is Cate and her cousin in the same time, Bill Murray is billmurray one word in a secret life as a bartender. Yes, characters are talking about coffee and cigarettes, most likely and in rest about nothing. Could be Jarmusch a big Seinfeld <more>
fan? Roberto meets Steven and keeps calling him Steve. He ends up taking his appointment to the dentist and leaves. Steven is perplex. Buscemi babbles with the Lee twins about Elvis's secret evil twin. Iggy Pop and Tom Waits they both have quit smoking. Therefore they can handle just one more cigarette happening to be on the table. Vinny and Rigano have a energetic argument about how damaging smoking is. Both have a rusty gruff voice. E J Rodriguez, as a waiter, tries to hit on Renee French. He fails sumptuously. Alex Descas and Isaach de Bankole, Frenchmen and good old friends meet after a long time and it seems that they don't have a problem. Or do they? Cate Blanchett plays herself magnificently. Make he any hair-style and will look good on her. She is also her hippy cousin. Meg and Jack White, the White Stripes "brothers" quotes because they're not brothers, or are they? have a conversation, after 80 seconds of silence, about his tesla coil, an air transformer device. Meg turns out to be a co-star to Jack's genius. Than we have Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan as possible cousins based on Molina's genealogic investigations. Alfred is extremely deferential. Steve hides his condescending propensity. Steve thinks Alfred wants to take advantage of him. But Alfred is honest. But there is catch. In the end the two reverse positions. How about the Wu-Tang Clan? GZA and RZA talk about alternative medicine and how to perform a surgical procedure using an electric drill-gun. Tom Waits became a doctor too. Coffee cause serious delirium. Billmurray one word doesn't think so and drinks from the jar. RZA explains how nicotine interferes with the central nervous system. That's paralysis. And last but not least Taylor Mead, in the final scene lost his touch with the world. Bill Rice, his partner is concerned. They listen to an imaginary Mahler, in some backyard armory. Coffee is becoming champagne, Nikola Tesla pops out in the conversation again, and they ignore their age or their Parkinson and toast for the Moulin Rouge.Coffee and cigarettes, that such an unhealthy combination! They all agree. We all agree. Jim Jarmusch's colorful interpretation is a celebration of life!
This is a film that the proletariat will not get. It's themes are deeper and more complex than the average person will be able to grasp. Its depth can be measured only by comparing it the Marianas Trench. And in deference to the film, I think every DVD or VHS of this film should be dropped down there.Robert Benigni and Steven Wright's opening number will tickle your funny bone and make you shake your head in delightful confusion and sympathy for these seemingly talented performers. It may confound you and make you think that it's an unintelligible, self-referential piece of tripe, <more>
but YOU would be wrong. Then there's Jack and Meg White's tip of the hat to Nikola Tesla. This is heart-wrenching stuff. Those of you who aren't knocked to the floor with the dramatic weight of this scene must have ice-water in your veins. Yes, the Whites are musicians, but here they'll play your heartstrings like some sort of woodwind instrument. An emotional triumph.Overall, I can't write enough about the fecundity of this feature. Jim Jarmusch is an auteur. He must of had one heck of a pitch to get financing for this picture, because on the surface it has no redeeming qualities. But if you dare to look a little deeper and spend some more time with it, you might just find that your initial interpretation was correct.
Jarmusch is one of my favorite directors and Coffee and Cigarettes, which I saw last night on a recently released DVD, does not disappoint. Jarmusch has a keen eye for the moments that other filmmakers would consign to the cutting room floor. Life - revealed "between the lines" of dialogue, is joyously revealed in C&G's 11 short set pieces. The acting - and one has a firm sense that this is acting from the heart, not play-acting, is dead-on delicious. Music and music people is a very important, subtle element in each of Jarmusch's films and C&G uses this element <more>
masterfully. One can quibble that some skits are better than others, but the unevenness makes sense once you see how it builds to a quiet crescendo of longing and emotion. This movie has heart, soul, emotion, humor, and it goes down like a double-shot of the best, most invigorating espresso in town.Those who don't "get" what he's doing, and there seems to be a fair share of them on the Web, might look inward toward their own inner coarseness before so boldly flinging epithets at Jarmusch accusing him of undue dwelling in enigmaticism. These are the same people who decry film's creeping meatballism while lapping up the dross that supports the blind and deaf machine of Hollywood.
Talk about an appropriate title. This is a collection of 11 short stories directed by indie stalwart Jim Jarmusch "Strangers in Paradise", "Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai" that have been filmed over the last 18 years, all of which involve two or more characters simply sitting at a table, conversing over...yep, coffee and cigarettes. In the hands of a lesser director that might be extremely boring, but Jarmusch is a master of subtle understatement and great deadpan humor. This may be one of the funniest movies you've ever seen in which no one cracks a smile. Almost <more>
all the actors play themselves, which adds a meta-theatrical, slightly surreal touch to it all. Among my favorite stories are one in which an overly eager Alfred Molina has a surprise in store for coolly arrogant fellow actor Steve Coogan and a great one in which Cate Blanchett plays both herself and her jealous cousin Shelby. Then there's the one where Tom Waits and Iggy Pop meet in a dive bar to discuss things and have a smoke to celebrate quitting smoking , Jack and Meg White of the White Stripes experimenting with a Tesla coil, and in the funniest casting, RZA and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan sharing some downtime with, of all people, Bill Murray. I also like the one with Spike Lee's twin siblings, Joie and Cinque, dealing with an invasive waiter a hilarious Steve Buscemi . Almost all the stories are excellent, but there are three that are very forgettable and pretty unnecessary, and they're all in a row, which disrupts the flow of the film. If those three had been taken out, "Coffee and Cigarettes" would be just about perfect, but it's still really good. And those three are out of the way in the first half, anyway. For the first hour the movie feels mainly just like fun. Straight-faced, deadpan, B&W comedy just like "Strangers In Paradise". But as it goes on, and strange connections are made between the stories, it seems to have a sudden dreamlike depth to it. The final story in particular, in which two old men in a dark room Bill Rice and Taylor Mead discuss life while on a coffee break that feels like it'll last forever, has a distinct "Waiting For Godot" feel and ends the movie on a perfect note of haunting, existential sadness. It was at that point that I realized I hadn't just watched a string of jokey short stories, but a string of jokey short stories that say a lot about human nature and life in general. And if that's not enough to interest you, how often do you get to see Tom Waits and Iggy Pop have a conversation? Or RZA, GZA, and Bill Murray?
3/4 of a masterpiece- some scenes sparkle with laughs and interest, some don't, still worth it (by Quinoa1984)
Jim Jarmusch's latest film, Coffee and Cigarettes, plays like one of those albums by a band you really like, even though some tracks disappoint or overshadow others. I lost count by the time the film finished as to how many vignettes there were, with cups being filled and sipped and factory-made and hand-rolled cigs being put out one after another. But from what I saw, I could tell that the film's greatest asset was that each vignette carried a quirky, unique quality to it. There's something about the way Jarmusch writes dialog unless some of this was improvised, which is a good <more>
guess from Benigni/Wright's scene and Waits/Pop's scene and uses authentic B&W film stock that creates such a mood that's in-escapable. Love, like, or hate the film, Jarmusch is a pro at his own brand of film-making. Among the highlights, at least for me, were the RZA/GZA & Mill Murray vignette 'Delirium'; The Lee twins with Steve Buscemi in a Memphis diner; both of the Cousin's vignettes though, personally, Molina just slightly ruled over Blanchett's great double-turn ; Benigni/Wright and Waits/Pop were very strong. The other ones varied from being so-so i.e. the White's vignette to downright boring or perhaps not so much as boring as pointless . The running theme keeps every vignette interesting, even when certain laughs don't work and the people, celebrities or not, are left wondering what they're doing there. So, Coffee and Cigarettes is a watchable little independent treat, though one almost wishes there was one more outstanding vignette to attach on.
I went to see this film tonight. I hoped I'd like it, but had no idea if I would or not. So dutifully paid my 10 euros or whatever it was and settled into my seat with an open mind.Well, I loved it. It is beautifully shot, in black and white, like a Jean Cocteau film. Such a simple concept. I found it really visually rewarding. Great actors etc. Highly recommended!It is slow in places I mean it IS just people having coffee and cigarettes... so if you prefer action movies with blood and gore, DON'T GO!! If, on the other hand, you like intelligent, funny, beautiful films, then off you <more>
Short films with nonsense dialogue of shifting dignity. Lots of self irony or even self sarcasm. Tom Waits is mocking with Iggy Pop in a way that it's hard to believe they ever can talk to each other again. Bill Murray is pulling the leg of the hip hop movement and the movement finds that funny. Cate Blanchett is on a genial level playing the double part of the filmstar and her jealous cousin.Jim Jarmusch can't be beaten. The dialogue seems to be mostly improvised, but the concept is not. Every short chapter here has a meaning and gives us something to think about. The films are in <more>
black and white, like coffee and cigarettes and that still is, and will always be, a way of pushing things harder. This is very much comedy and very much serious.
An odd concept for a film, Coffee and Cigarettes can be seen as either one of two ways. On one hand a dark, clever, ingenious piece of cinema, or on the other hand a dark, clever, ingenious piece of cinema. Jarmusch has succeeded in gathering as diverse a cast as you're ever likely to see, the site of GZA, RZA, and Bill Murray waxing intellectual over smokers cough and herbal medicines is enough to interest even the most fervent sceptic of such work. Even the Cate Blanchett whom i'm not a huge fan of scene was so well set up and written or improvised, who knows that you find your <more>
self unable to turn away, so intent are you on what she has to say next. Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan are so wonderful as over blown versions of themselves, Coogan as a super arrogant celebrity and Molina as a bumbling, sweet, excitable actor. Together they form what would be the best scene of the whole film, that is if it wasn't for Iggy and Tom. Ah Iggy and Tom, such characters, such dialogue, such a beautifully surreal piece. Iggy or Jim to his friends is more like an over nervous school boy than an ageing rock star, and Tom is strong as the defensive perfectionist. All in all this film succeeds in what it tries to do, if you like dark surreal comedy then you'll like this. Be warned though it will give you a craving for Coffee and Cigarettes.
Killing Me Softly With These Things... (by Galina_movie_fan)
"Coffee and Cigarettes" 2004 written and directed by Jim Jarmush is a very simple movie shot in B/W, a typical in the good sense independent movie. It is a collection of eleven shorts where famous actors, comedians, rock-stars, and musicians played themselves. They drink coffee lots of it , smoke, and talk. While each segment is short, we still can learn a lot about human nature.I read some comments and was surprised that there are so many negative opinions. Some users think that the movie was slow - I did not even notice how the time flew. Of eleven shorts, six were wonderful, <more>
and the rest - quite watchable. After I finished watching it, I started all over and watched the ones that I loved for a second time. The best, IMO are "Somewhere in California" with Iggy Pop and Tom Waits, "Cousins" - Cate Blanchette plays a dual role - herself and her not so successful cousin, and she is as good as ever in the dual performance ; "These Things Will Kill You" Joe Rigano, Vinny Vella, and Vinny Vella, Jr , "Cousins?" easily the best in the bunch Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan , "Delirious" the funniest RZA, GZA, and Bill Murray , and the final one, the elegiac "Champagne" Bill Rice and Taylor Mead .