Filmed in 1993 as the short Coffee and Cigarettes Somewhere in California, and won the Short Film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. 2 In this segment musicians Iggy Pop and Tom Waits smoke cigarettes to celebrate that they quit smoking, drink some coffee and make awkward conversation.

Those Things’ll Kill Ya edit

Joseph Rigano and Vinny Vella have a conversation over coffee about the dangers of smoking. The silent Vinny Vella Jr. also appears to beg his father for money, which is given in exchange for affection, which is not provided.

Ren e edit

Ren e French (played by herself) drinks coffee while looking through a gun magazine. E. J. Rodr guez plays the waiter, who is eager to be of service. He initially approaches her to serve more coffee, to which she reacts by saying “I had the right color, right temperature, it was just right”. After that, he comes back several times, hesitates, and leaves. He seems intent on striking a conversation with her.

No Problem edit

Alex Descas and Isaach De Bankol are a couple of friends who meet and talk over some coffee and cigarettes. Alex has no problems, or so he answers to Isaach’s repeated questioning. At the end of the scene, Alex takes out a pair of dice and rolls three sets of doubles. It could be assumed that Alex Descas has an excessive gambling problem but to him it is not a problem because of what he can roll. Notice he doesn’t roll the dice in front of his friend.

Cousins edit

Cate Blanchett plays herself and a fictional and non famous cousin named Shelly, whom she meets over some coffee in the lounge of a hotel. There is no smoking in the lounge, as the waiter informs Shelly (but not until Cate is gone). Shelly tells Cate about her boyfriend, Lee, who is in a band. She describes the music style as hard industrial, similar to the band Iggy describes. Cate tells Shelly she looks forward to meeting “Lou” someday.

Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil edit

Features Jack and Meg White of the band The White Stripes having some coffee and cigarettes. They play themselves, although the scene seems to perpetuate the band’s former pretense that they are indeed siblings. Jack shows Meg his Tesla coil that he says he built himself and waxes intellectual on the achievements of Nikola Tesla. In the beginning, Jack seems upset that Meg doesn’t share his excitement, and it takes Meg some coaxing to get Jack to agree to show Meg his Tesla Coil. He introduces the line, “Nikola Tesla perceived the earth to be a conductor of acoustical resonance.” Cinqu Lee plays a waiter in this segment. In the end, the coil breaks, and Meg and the Waiter offer suggestions as to why it might be broken. Finally Meg says something that Jack seems to agree to, and he leaves to “go home and check it out”. Meg clinks her coffee cup to produce a ringing noise, pauses, says “Earth is a conductor of acoustical resonance” and clinks her coffee cup to produce the noise again she looks pensively out into the distance before a cut to black. Early during the segment, “Down on the Street” by The Stooges is played in the background.

Cousins? edit

British actors Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan have a conversation over some tea. (Coogan offers Molina a French cigarette, but Molina saves his for later.) Molina is a very enthusiastic fan of Coogan’s, who contrarily is very uninterested at their meeting and barely manages to hide this. Molina excitedly shares with him research he came across, learning that they are distant cousins, and proposes a friendship or show business project to capitalize on this. Steve Coogan still remains evasive, lightening up only when an attractive female fan recognizes him. He later tries to make up excuses to keep from ever having to hear from Alfred Molina again, and then clumsily tries to reverse this when he overhears Molina get a call from good friend Spike Jonze. But it is too late and Molina, disappointed, leaves Coogan with the bill. Although the scene is set in LA, the segment was actually shot in Brooklyn at Galapagos, Williamsburg.

Delirium edit

Hip hop artists (and cousins) GZA and RZA of the Wu Tang Clan drink naturally caffeine free herbal tea and have a conversation with the waiter, Bill Murray, about the dangers of caffeine and nicotine. During this conversation GZA makes a reference to how he would drink lots of coffee before going to bed so his dreams would “whip by” similar to the camera shots at the Indy 500, very similar to the same reference that Steven Wright did in the first segment. Murray requests that GZA and RZA keep his identity secret, while GZA and RZA inform Murray about nontraditional methods to relieve his smoker’s hack.

Champagne edit

William “Bill” Rice and Taylor Mead spend their coffee break having a nostalgic conversation, whilst Janet Baker singing “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” from Mahler’s R ckert Lieder appears from nowhere. William Rice repeats Jack White’s line, “Nikola Tesla perceived the earth as a conductor of acoustical resonance.” It is possible to interpret the relevance of this line to the constant recurrent themes throughout the seemingly unconnected segments.

Reception edit

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has a 65% ‘fresh’ rating for the film based on 122 reviews, with the critical consensus “Episodes vary in quality, but overall this talky film is quirkily engaging.” 3

References edit

Eclipse (cigarette) – wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Eclipse is an American cigarette brand that was developed and is marketed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. Unlike the company’s previous attempt at a smokeless cigarette, Premier, Eclipse uses a simpler system without the aluminum ‘capsule’, and does not suffer the unpleasant taste & smell consequences when lit with sulphur based matches (though each pack does recommend using a lighter because it takes time to light, like a cigar.) They operate similarly to a coffee maker, using hot air instead of hot water The user lights a carbon tip with holes in it, which supplies hot air to tobacco wrapped in foil to insulate the outer paper from the heat, and a hollow ‘filter’ serves as a mouthpiece. The hot air drawn through the holes evaporates the juices in the tobacco, giving off a flavored vapor. Unlike traditional cigarettes, very little tobacco is burned, and indeed the cigarette does not get shorter during use. The Eclipse simply last about 5 minutes before the carbon tip is exhausted, and the whole unit is discarded after a few minutes’ cooling period. They were first tested with consumers in 1994, and brought into limited market distribution in 2000. As of 2014 they are still in production, and are one of the remaining choices allowed to be smoked in the offices of R.J. Reynolds facilities after the company began to restrict traditional smoking in their office facilities. 1 The makers claim that this design produces significantly less smoke than normal cigarettes and no ashes. citation needed The company also claims that this creates a better environment around the user. Because of this attribute, the cigarettes are marketed as “present ing less of a risk of certain smoking related diseases”. This writer’s experience has proven (with non smoker test subjects) that there is virtually no secondhand smoke that clings to draperies, clothes, upholstery etc, compared to the heavy pall of conventional tobacco smoke in a closed room.

The American Cancer Society 2 3 argues that the cigarettes are not as safe as the marketing campaign suggests, and that they should be removed from the marketplace although they produce less tar and produce less second hand smoke, this leads to a false sense of security, since the cigarette still contains high amounts of carcinogens. Other concerns are that they produce more carbon monoxide than regular cigarettes. R. J. Reynolds has countered by claiming that the company is not trying to market a “safe” cigarette, only a better alternative. 4

See also edit

  • Premier Predecessor in concept to Eclipse

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