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Coffee and Cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch

Coffee and Cigarettes is a series of short sketches strung together around various tabletops, directed by Jim Jarmusch.

What fills the movie is what fills the tabletops; cups of coffee, cigarettes, ashtrays, and conversations whose words mostly fall flat on the table.

Each sketch is largely a series of variations on some intersketch themes; celebrity, family, coffee, cigarettes, dreams. Most include some awkward miscommunications. Often they play on some of the same near-verbatim repeated phrases.

It's the awkward miscommunications, the celebrities, and the dark dry humor tying them together that reminded me weirdly of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

The highlight is the scene with RZA, GZA, and Bill Murray, all playing themselves, in a cafe as they wait for Ghost to arrive. RZA dispenses holistic healing tips while Bill Murray chugs coffee straight from the pot and tries to hide his identity.

Though the RZA/GZA/Murray skit is laugh-out-loud funny, this is a slow, awkward film, with emphasis on silence and striking visual arrangements. Be careful that it suits your mood.

Tags: bill murray, jim jarmusch, movie, review, wu tang clan
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