COFFEE AND CIGARETTES REVIEWED
“Coffee and Cigarettes” was a Jarmusch anthology that I went back and forth on over the last 13 years. Given time and having watched 250,000 more films since then, I can say that only half of the film works. Due to the nature of an anthology, that’s a pretty fair shake. Everyone knows about the Bill Murray segment with the RZA and GZA. Somewhere between that sequence and Tom Waits conversing with Iggy Pop, the film finds its footing. After that, it gets a bit ambitious with Cate Blanchett playing off herself in the “Cousins” segment.
The rest is a fair shake of actor wank with Spike Lee’s siblings playing two tourists that have an utter disdain for Elvis Presley. Shot during the production of Jarmusch films from 1986-2003, the project is pretty interesting to see unfold. Hell, I’m convinced that Roberto Benigni doesn’t age now. The rest of the film feels like it would better serve the stage and not so much the cinema. That’s not a bad thing, as not every project is meant to be filmed. If you’re a young film fan that’s been curious about Jarmusch, I’d recommend pairing this one with “Ghost Dog” as an entry point.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track