For people that work in cinema is well known that cameras are a capricious bunch: there are things that they like and things that they don’t.

For example, a camera likes when the breeze swings through tree leaves.

The first scene of the film ‘A Bittersweet Life‘ by Korean director Kim Jee-Woon is a good example of this.

“That which moves is neither the branches nor the wind. It’s your heart and mind” says the teacher.

A brilliant introduction to this action movie.

One of those things that the camera likes – and scriptwriters and directors and everyone who works on a movie set – is coffee.

There seems to be an unwritten rule that you can’t make a movie without coffee, cigarettes, train stations, cars, hats, sunglasses, or phones.

Or any combination of those same elements. For example, a hat smoking while a car drinks coffee.

‘Coffee and Cigarrettes’ of Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch manages to gather almost all of them in his film  ‘Coffee and Cigarrettes’.

And he leaves us some memorable sentences like: “I like to drink coffee just before going to bed so that I dream faster” said by Steve Wright before Roberto Benigni offers to go to the dentist in his place.

Two or Three Things I Know About Her

In ‘Coffee and Cigarrettes’ coffee and cigarettes are the excuse to gather an excellent cast and create hilarious and surreal situations.

But in ‘Two or Three Things I Know About HerJean Luc Goddard creates a scene in which coffee is not an excuse, but the protagonist.

Coffee acts as a reflection of an existentialist dialogue narrated by Goddard himself and in which the close-ups of the protagonists are cut with close-ups of a coffee seen from above, as if it were an ocean of primordial nucleosynthesis.

“Say that the limits of language are the world’s limits, that the limits of my language are my world’s limits and that when I speak, I limit the world, I finish it.”

Goddard is paraphrasing the philosopher Wittgenstein who proposes that our world is limited by our language, which is our thinking.

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Men in Black

We haven’t finished thinking about coffee and movies yet. Our language (or rather, that of filmmakers) is not over yet. And we hope your coffee hasn’t either (if so, have a look at our store ;).

From coffee as a primordial nucleosynthesis we move on to other galaxies where strange creatures make coffee to a “wanka wanka” rhythm.

We are talking about ‘Men in Black‘, the original, with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) offers newly recruited Agent J (Will Smith) a coffee to show him that “a group of intergalactic refugees wanted to use the Earth as an apolitical zone for… creatures without a planet.” Agent J declines it…

And it’s a wise choice, as we see that those preparing the coffee are far from the specialty coffee baristas we are used to. Though they are cooler than many…

You’ve Got Mail

And we return to earth, although to a time before the ubiquity of social networks in our lives, when having an email could be the excuse (and the title!) of a love story.

In ‘You’ve Got Mail’ Fox (Tom Hanks) reveals to us, to the rhythm of The Cranberries, the true purpose of the large coffee shop chains. Did you think it was selling coffee?

The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee.

Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc.

So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.

Pulp Fiction

We do know what we want. Or at least we know what coffee we want.

Like Tarantino knows it in ‘Pulp Fiction

When Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) shows his surprise at the coffee Jimmie (Quentin Tarantino) serves him and Vincent (John Travolta) Jimmie responds: “I don’t need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I am the one who buys it. I know how good it is”.

Of course, Jules is trying to soften the fact that he has a car with a corpse parked at Jimmie’s garage.

Coffee and cinema have had a passionate relationship for years (something uncommon in show business) that we hope will last much longer.

This was just a brief review of some of our favourite scenes that this couple has left us.

Surely you must have your own… because in cinema, as with coffee, there are many tastes.

But you, like Tarantino, surely already know how good your coffee is (and ours!) and you don’t need anyone to tell you… because you are the one who buys it.

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