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Coffee and Cigarettes
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Oct 18, 2004 By: Indiana Sev
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Director:
Jim Jarmusch

Actors:
Steve Buscemi
Alfred Molina
Bill Murray

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A series of black & white vignettes, consisting of 2 to 3 actors each, centered around them smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and conversing. Normally this wouldn’t be as pretentious as it sounds, but Jim Jarmusch directed it...so it is!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie was so boring that I actually had to start watching it in shifts. I was also looking at where the running time was on my DVD player every so often, praying that it get to the 1 hour and 37 minute mark before I started cutting myself from sheer boredom. I had my reservations about this one because the first Jarmusch movie I’d ever seen was DEAD MAN and it was so dull and slow-moving that I vowed to avoid his films for a long time after that. Then I saw GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI and reconsidered-- it was pretty good and not the humdrum mess I thought it’d be. Well, COFFEE AND CIGARETTES will most likely lull you into either a state of extreme indifference to what’s happening on screen or cause you pure hatred for the characters and the horseshit they’re talking about.

That's not to say that all of the vignettes are bad, but the majority of them definitely are. The two sketches that are worth watching are the Alfred Molina/Steve Coogan one, which reminded me of Larry David’s CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM type of awkward comedy and another one featuring two very funny and talented French, black actors named Alex Descas and Isaach De Bankole. The rest of them are either annoying, pretentious, uninteresting or, surprisingly for a Jim Jarmusch movie...unoriginal. The Cate Blanchett one, in particular, where she plays both characters and speaks to herself, encompasses all four of those descriptions. I mean, say you what you want about Jim, but his films are usually, at the very least, original, no matter how tedious they ultimately get. In the end, 75% of these vignettes are blander than a James Lipton Actor’s Studio interview. Jim Jarmusch movies are for certain tastes only, so you’ve also got to take that into consideration. Oh, and if you hated smokers before this movie, get ready to have your hatred grow to a whole other level.
THE EXTRAS
“Tabletops”: 3 minutes of overhead shot sequences of all the different tabletops we saw in the film. It’s all set to music and moves at various speeds.

Bill Murray Outtake: A little joke Murray makes after a scene ends. I personally didn’t find it funny.

Taylor Mead Interview: Man, you have to watch this! This guy is way too happy to be on camera. It’s actually quite embarrassing. Watch it just to see how self-important he’s acting. Besides that, there is nothing much of interest in this. Just a few minutes long...

Theatrical Trailer and previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Your friendly neighborhood DVD CLINIC suggests you avoid this like it’s the third CHARLIE’S ANGELS movie. Yes, it’s that bad. For devoted Jarmusch followers only!
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