Coffee and Cigarettes, a 2003 movie written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, is a compilation of eleven vignettes shot in black and white, in which two or three people have conversations over coffee and cigarettes. The scenes feature actors and musicians, usually playing themselves, but in fictional scripted (or sometimes improvised) encounters. The vignettes are often humorous, sometimes sad, often ironic, and sometimes profound. The cast is extraordinary: it’s a real treat to see these performers, many of whom are well known, struggle to connect with another person as we all do.
Do you worry that you drink too much coffee or consume too much caffeine? Coffee actually has lots of health benefits, but like anything else, moderation is best. You wouldn’t want to end up in “coffee rehab” like the hero of “Java Junkie,” would you? This great short comedy, a cautionary tale about a coffee-swilling “java junkie,” premiered on “Saturday Night Live” in December 1979 and became a cult classic. The film stars Peter Aykroyd as Joe, a regular guy who’s down on his luck and tries to drown his sorrows in coffee.