Dungeon Classics #21: Coffee and Cigarettes

FilmDungeon’s Chief Editor JK sorts through the Dungeon’s DVD-collection to look for old cult favorites….

Coffee and Cigarettes (2003, USA | Japan | Italy)

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Bill Murray, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Roberto Benigni
Running Time: 95 mins.

Coffee and Cigarettes is director Jim Jarmusch’s collection of 12 black and white shorts featuring mostly well-known people playing themselves. They all feature a duo sharing coffee and cigarettes in a bar or a lounge. Jarmusch can write great dialogues – he is up there with Tarantino and the Coen Brothers – and they are the best thing about this unique project. Then there is the wonderful cast: Bill Murray, Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, RZA, The GZA, Steve Buscemi, Cate Blanchett, Isaach De Bankolé, Jack White, Meg White, Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan and others. Some of the shorts are better than others, but they are all worth the watch. My personal top 3:
3. Cousins (with Cate Blanchett & Cate Blanchett)
2. Those Things’ll Kill Ya (with Joseph Rigano & Vinny Vella)
1. Somewhere in California (with Iggy Pop & Tom Waits)
This is a movie that is just made for the coffee and cigarettes generation. My generation.