Coffee and Cigarettes Reviews
The concept is original. 11 short segments of skit revolving conversations over coffee and cigarettes. I like most the one with Cate Blanchett playing a dual role, as the sophiscated Cate Blanchett and her white-trash cousin. It goes on to show how good the actress can be. I can hardly recognise the two very different characters are in fact played by the same person. I am not alone. As the credits rolled, a guy in the audience exclaimed, "Oh! It is the same actress!"
I also like the one with Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan. Steve Coogan is a rather good comedian, playing a movie actor who initially looks down on the humble Alfred Molina until he know Alfred knows Spike Jonze. Yup, they play themselves.
Ok, this is when I will gripe about the show. The concept is orginial and allow me to add that the performances are also great. But, the script is very short of brilliant wit. What a perfect waste of a good movie concept. It wants to be Quentin Tarantino-esque but churns out clueless nothings instead. The dialogue goes nowhere. Funny? At times, but it amounts to nothing really. Mr Tarantino is still the master at things like that.
But, ah, there were 2 Cate Blanchett in the same frame from the segment .
To not know no one of the persons, playing themself, does not help. I only recognized Roberto Benigni and Bill Murray. Everybody else was totally unknown to me. And this is a main problem, this qualify this thing, and Jim Jarmusch as well, as extremely provincial, unable to see beyond East River, more or less.
I confirm my first judgement: you can go to a dentist's waiting room, and listen to the anonimous people speaking about their things: it is cheaper, and for sure much more interesting than to see and listen these unimportant persons speaking about nothing.
This actually is not even a movie. It is a collection of TV scenettes that the director tryed to make some extra money.
Only die hard Jarmush fans can find something here. I add one star to my original score, but do not ask me for more.