on December 28, 2004
Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes" is a strange but interesting experiment. It is comprised of about a dozen short skits of people in restaurants talking (obviously to the accompaniment of the title addictions). Some of the highlights include an amusing pairing of Bill Murray and the Wu Tang Clan, a strange encounter between Roberto Benigni and Steven Wright, a marvelously acted piece between Cate Blanchette and herself in a dual role as her cousin, and, best of all, a sad and funny scene with Steve Coogan and Alfred Molina. While the pieces aren't particularly satisfying on their own, as a whole, they make up a fascinating study of human nature, not to mention some fine entertainment.
The DVD from MGM has the film in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The black and white image is very good looking with few scratches and little grain. The extra features are a theatrical trailer, shots of tabletops, an interview with actor Taylor Meade, and an unfortunately short blooper with Bill Murray. Far more interesting than any of these would have been an interview with Jarmusch.
on December 29, 2005
I like this movie. Its a movie that doesn't ask much of you but to listen.
These conversations sound completely real. Its like we are sitting in on real people discussing boring things. "Are you sure there is nothing wrong?" and of course we never know the real answer to that question.
Its hit and miss though, it gets really good with Blanchett's scene and rolls through easily from there.
just watch it, cool movie.