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Coffee and Cigarettes

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Coffee and Cigarettes: Jim Jarmusch

Coffee and Cigarettes

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
96 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/14/04
performer:
Roberto Benigni, Cate Blanchett, Steve Buscemi, Steve Coogan, Alex Descas, Alfred Molina, Bill Murray, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Jack White, Meg White
director:
Jim Jarmusch
distributor:
United Artists (MGM)
author:
6129
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

In the new omnibus film from Jim Jarmusch, the director of ”Night on Earth” and ”Mystery Train,” it’s a cup of joe and cancer sticks that connect all 10 offbeat vignettes, which — filmed between 1986 and 2003 — include Bill Murray as the RZA and GZA’s waiter, the White Stripes playing with an invention called a Tesla coil, and Cate Blanchett, in a dual role, as herself plus her jealous cousin.

In one of the bits that attracted the most attention at last year’s Toronto film fest, ”Spider-Man 2”’s Alfred Molina breaks some nutty news to ”24 Hour Party People”’s Steve Coogan (both playing themselves). ”Jim wrote the skeleton, and Steve and I put the flesh on it,” says Molina. ”As we were improvising a bit, it was like he was mixing it, like in a sound studio.” The end result, at the very least, is sure to make smoking and coffee guzzling look really cool and renegade. ”But,” laughs Coogan, ”I’m not sure if that’s a good thing!”

THE GOOD NEWS It’s been almost five years since Jarmusch’s last movie, ”Ghost Dog”; we need our fix.

THE BAD NEWS It’s shot in black and white, which doesn’t usually make for smokin’ box office.

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