In this anthology of comic vignettes, unlikely pairs of celebrities sit down to talk about everything from Tesla coils to jukeboxes to long-lost relatives to the dentist. The conversations are separate in time and place, but they all have two things in common: coffee and cigarettes.
Made over a period of fifteen years, this compilation of brilliant shorts by King-of-cool Jim Jarmusch is a veritable buffet of deadpan comedy, an extended jam session with the hippest cast of the noughties. Our favourites are Bill Murray, Steve Coogan, Jack White, and Iggy Pop. Yours are up to you.
Not all of these vignettes are good but the ones with Bill Murray, RZA, and GZA, Tom Waits and Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Joie Lee, and Cinque Lee, and the one with Steven Wright and Roberto Benigni are by far some of the funniest sequences ever filmed.
I really enjoyed the vignettes with Tom Waits and Iggy Pop and the one with Bill Murray because, like the all film, had so much of the Jarmusch feel I love so dearly. But I must say that the one that left a bigger impression on me was definitely the last one, with William and Taylor. Because of this all star cast it's rare to see anyone mention this short but I found it so beautiful and touching.
Please ignore my rating because I went into it thinking "This is going to suck!" Which means I sit and wait for something annoying to happen, and then turn it off. Which isn't fair, but life isn't fair. That's what my Mom told me. So the annoying thing happened right away. Roberto Benigni. I'm not sure why he hasn't been shot. I'm not advocating for his execution. I'm just surprised that people allow him to live.
A series of stand-alone vignettes, a charming idea and a pleasure to watch. I was eagerly compelled to see who would appear in the next conversation! One or two of the dialogues dragged on too long but there was enough of a playful, carefree spirit running throughout which raised some smiles and held my attention.