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bitter like old Coffee.......
written by funnytoo October 9, 2011 - 7:37 AM PDT
.........sweet like Godiva Chocolate. The dark kind, lingering on your tongue, enticing your brain to ask for more and more, this film is like that. I didn't want it to end, wished for more vignettes, imagined Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp having a little chat over Coffee & Cigarettes, delicious. Oh well, the industry is all about sequels, Jim Jarmusch, are you listening?!

Amusing and interesting vignettes
written by HPearson October 20, 2007 - 8:52 AM PDT
Very different and contrasting short portraits are linked together by common, everyday objects - coffee, cigarettes, and a checkered tablecloth. I liked the oddball, slightly gritty overtone of the movie. Nothing profound, but good, solid entertainment.

written by nkeller May 15, 2007 - 8:56 PM PDT
for such a great cast, it's really not that as interesting as i'd hoped. i'm all about independents, short films, and everything else (goddess knows i've sat through my share of TERRIBLE student films, trying to play devil's advocate with myself and see the value), but i was disappointed to find this couldn't hold my attention. the short with cate blanchette is the best, i thought.

perhaps i'm a bit biased (i'm not one of those people who hate subtitles because i'm such a lazy american i can't stand to read while being entertained. ...bitter? a little.), but i wasn't a big fan of the choice for black and white film. i don't mind it so much i would rule out a film, but the dialogue didn't pique my interest as much one would think a "conversation" with iggy pop in a natural setting might.

overall, i felt "meh." about this one.

Like having coffee with an old friend - comfortable, familiar, and sometimes a bit lazy.
written by Saroz February 24, 2005 - 8:54 PM PST
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I have a love/hate relationship with Jim Jarmusch's films. On the one hand, I love their dry wit, their humanity, and their reliance on character over plot. On the other hand, they are often slow and plodding, sometimes so episodic they don't feel coherent.

"Coffee and Cigarettes" reaffirms pretty much every aspect of Jim Jarmusch's work that I have outlined above. In fact, the film as good as celebrates most of them. It's slow, episodic, and has no plot, all of which it wears on its sleeve. At the same time, though, it's the characters and the conversations that really pull you in. You might almost say this film is Jarmusch's mission statement, fashioned into a little artistic work of its very own.

There are enough little scenarios here that at least a couple will match everyone's taste. Personally, my favorites were the first three - especially the Benigni/Wright and Pop/Waits segments - all of which pre-date the rest of the film significantly. Of the new material, the segment with the White Stripes is quite nice, and the ending with Taylor Mead and Bill Rice is perfect.

To say the film doesn't have faults would be a lie, however. It's easily too long - there are eleven little vignettes here, and regardless of the content, it would have worked better without two or three of them. At 97 minutes the film is quite good; at 77 it would have been magnificent. Personally, I felt the "Cousins" (with Cate Blanchett) and "Cousins?" (with Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan) sequences were simply dragged out for far too long, though they had good material; the "Renee" episode, on the other hand, was simply dead weight. It's worth remembering, though, that opinions vary drastically on which vignettes are best/worst, and my guess is no two people will see the film in the exact same way. Which is probably just as it should be.

If you like Jim Jarmusch, you've probably already seen "Coffee and Cigarettes" and formed your own opinion. If you haven't, but you know some of his other work, I give it an easy recommendation - if nothing else, as a rental for a rainy day. It's not his best film - that, in my humble view, is "Down by Law" - but it's far more accessible and less frustrating than many of them. Just remember - if you don't like a certain vignette, there's always another just around the corner...

the joy of jarmuch
written by maritoni January 11, 2005 - 9:45 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Jim Jarmuch's latest effort COFFEE AND CIGARETTES is an amusing string of vignettes tied together with (what else) coffee, cigarrettes, checked tables, a great soundtrack and strange conversations. Very little plot here. Mostly actors play themselves (a clever device which I found to be an interesting exercise in acting for the performers), including Steven Wright, Roberto Begnini, Joie and Cinque Lee, Cate Blanchette and whole host of other famous and less-famous faces.

To me the most successful scene has Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan playing more or less themselves. They meet for the first time in an LA cafe on Molina's initiation. Hilarious banter between two actors playing ego trips with each other in oddly classic comedic form.

Cate Blanchette does a nice turn as playing herself and opposite herself as down-n-out rocker cousin Shelly. Another great vignette involves an unlikely exchange between Wu Tang-ers Gza and Rza and the always charming Bill Murray.

As other reviewers note, some scenes are more successful than others, but on the whole it's good fun. Definitely worth a view.

Slight slice of Jarmusch pie
written by underdog October 21, 2004 - 2:20 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
As you'd expect from any collection of vignettes, this is a mixed bag, but still a must for Jarumsch completists. Anyone familiar with his work (and I consider myself a big fan of every single one of his previous works) will know not to expect a great deal of action or fast-pace, but even by his standards some of this is mighty slow-going (undercaffeinated). But by the end, with Taylor Mead's graceful performance and Mahler drifting in and out of the background, you still get the feeling of being lifted by humanity in some way you can't fully explain. As talltale wrote in his review, the best shorts here are the last few, along with the very first (here and chronologically), the Steven Wright and Roberto Begnini encounter - a dream pairing of two comic eccentrics that only left me wanting more. I loved Steve Coogan and Alfred Molina mocking themselves and celebrity in general, although between that and the Bill Murray cameo towards the end (with bemused rappers RZA and GZA), I found myself wishing Jarmusch had tried writing characters for these same actors, people not at all themselves. It all just starts to feel a bit inconsequential. Cate Blanchett is terrific as twins, as she becomes extremely lost in each role - but even that one feels unsatisfying by the end. I also love Iggy Pop and Tom Waits but was disappointed by their vignette. Fairing surprisingly better, for me, was the short featuring the White Stripes' Jack and Meg White, with Jack demonstrating his own version of the Tesla coil. They're certainly not the greatest of actors, but there was something fresh in that one that many of the other shorts lacked. Still, between the wry trademark Jarmusch deadpan humor (and there is quite a bit of it) and the great cast, this one is worth a look, particularly for those already in the Jarmusch camp.

Nicotine & Caffeine
written by talltale September 25, 2004 - 8:23 AM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Jim Jarmusch fans will probably delight in COFFEE AND CIGARETTES. I sure did, and I don't even consider myself that much of a fan. The ambience encountered when coffee and cigarettes are present is all-important to this subtle, off-the-wall enterprise of tiny encounters in different bars/cafes/hotels where caffeine and nicotine rule the roost. The dialog often seems set on proving some illogical idea (sometimes to humorous effect, other times to no effect at all). Warning: this movie gets better with each episode, so stay tuned and don't lose heart. Not that the early eps are bad, but they do seem a bit attenuated, even at their 5-7-minutes length. But then Cate Blanchett and Cate Blanchett appear, followed by Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan, Bill Murray and the Wu-Tan Clan, and a simply lovely coda from Taylor Meade. And, wow--I'm in love with Jarmusch all over again! Maybe you will be, too.


(Average 6.12)
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