Movies Titles Containing the Word “Coffee”

Two of my main interests are coffee and movies. Although I haven’t been watching movies that much lately, my interest in them remains; and, of course, coffee is part of my daily routine, so there you go.

This is by no means a long list — I am basically focusing on those films whose titles contain the word “coffee” and have been released somewhat recently (and are listed and briefly described here in chronological order).

1. Chinese Coffee (2000)

Chinese Coffee is an indie film released during the 2000 Tribeca Film Festival, and then released officially in 2007. This was directed by Al Pacino, who also stars in the movie along with Jerry Orbach.

2. Sixty Cups of Coffee (2000)

Sixty Cups of Coffee tells the story of a guy who had heard that sixty (yes, that’s 60) cups of coffee would be enough to kill a man, and actually tried to find out if this is true.

3. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

Coffee and Cigarettes is actually composed of three short films, containing 11 short stories whose common themes are — you guessed it — coffee and cigarettes. The film is directed by Jim Jarmusch.

4. Coffee Date (2006)

Coffee Date was originally produced as a short film but was eventually stretched into an indie feature film and has been shown in several film festivals. It even snagged the Audience Award in 2007 as Best Feature Film at the Sedona Film Festival.

5. A Coffee in Berlin (2012; also known as Oh Boy!)

Originally called Oh Boy!, this is a black-and-white German comedy film directed by Jan-Ole Gerster has won several awards in Germany and in other parts of Europe. This film was later released in the United States under the title A Coffee in Berlin.

6. Coffee Town (2013)

Coffee Town is a comedy film featuring a cast of little-known actors, and what do you know, Josh Groban (one of my favorite warblers) also stars in it! Well, how about that! He plays Sam, a disgruntled barista who yearns to become a rock star.

7. Black Coffee (2014)

Black Coffee, a romantic comedy directed by Mark Harris, was released in January 2014 and features an all-black cast.

8. Coffee with Ana (2017)

Coffee with Ana is a comedy about an unlikely romance between the children of competing coffee importers (American and Colombian) who eventually paired up as a result of a business feud.

As you may have noticed, none of these films can ever qualify as box office hits — hardly surprising considering that most of them are independently made (small budget, minimal production staff) and barely made a ripple in Entertainment pages; in fact, some of them have been released only on a limited basis. However, this doesn’t mean we cannot appreciate them. Nor should it escape your notice that coffee (and coffeehouses) provides a nice excuse (ahem!) to make produce a film.

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Wordplay

I love wordplay — you know, things like puns and witty punch lines and classic comebacks that wrench wry smiles and spontaneous laughter out of you.

Being hopelessly inept at it only highlights the fact that I am inordinately impressed whenever I hear somebody press home a point with a succinct, hit-the-nail-on-its-head idiomatic phrase. In gatherings or social affairs, you won’t be hard-pressed to find the life of the party or the social wit — more often than not, it’s the individual who rolls off clever remarks at a drop of a hat, and who leaves the audience chuckling, nodding in agreement, and inwardly wondering if they’ve somehow missed the point.

I am forever waiting for that opportune moment when I, too, could be blessed with such smooth, rapier-like timing and say something slick like, “The eleventh pun always gets a laugh, even if no pun in ten (10) did.” Or at least a just tiny fraction of Piers Anthony’s fertile punny concoctions for his Xanth novels (e.g., Centaur AisleAir Apparent, the perennially late character Justin Thyme).

Although it pains me to say it, I have to admit I just don’t have it. More often than not I’d be hampered by slow mental processes (umm, slow on the uptake?), sloppy timing, inarticulateness, and occasionally, consideration for certain people. Usually, by the time some sleek repartee comes to mind, the moment to make my point has already passed and everybody else has jumped on to a new topic. If ever I blurt out anything remotely clever and funny at the same time, it’s more of an accident than by design.

Sometimes it makes me wish I had Adam Sandler’s remote control (remember the movie Click?) to make time stop while I reach for my dictionary or scroll down a handy “List of Witty Things to Say for Every Occasion”. That sure would make things simpler, except that it could spoil the momentum of things (spontaneity?).

I guess that’s one reason why I take refuge in writing. Collecting witticisms and devising ways in which they can be delivered with perfect timing and the right amount of careless panache isn’t all that hard when you have full control of the situation and the characters. Moreover, when it’s your story, you can always rewrite or dispatch certain characters if you think they’re getting too big for their britches. Or too incoherent… or something.

While I’m floundering around for a nice clincher to round off this brief note (*thinking hard*) umm… uh, okay, I give up. I haven’t thought of anything yet, but I’ll get back to you on that as soon as I’ve come up with something subtle or sublimely witty.

 

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens — it’s almost here.

Oh man (*tries to breathe slowly*). I guess it’s about time to dust off those light sabers and Star Wars costumes that have been gathering dust in your closets, people.

Here’s another batch of Star Wars VII trailers featuring Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Han Solo and Princess Leia‘s twin kids, Jacen and Jaina.

and here’s another one…

The seventh episode (yes, it’s officially called Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens — as if you didn’t know) is expected to hit theaters worldwide by Christmas this year (2015).

However, along with the mounting anticipation is a nagging, uncomfortable dread that this could turn out to be another disappointing turn (Star Wars I, II and III, anyone?). Let’s all cross our fingers that this time it will be different.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Mistreat John Wick’s Dog

…or he’ll make you regret it.

John Wick

Throughout the years, Keanu Reeves‘ career has been littered with dud films and brilliant choices (Bill & Ted’s Adventure, Speed, The Matrix trilogy). And now it looks like he has made another inspired choice. John Wick , his latest hit action film, has been wowing critics and moviegoers alike, and after seeing the film I must say I agree with them.

Keanu Reeves is John Wick, a grieving retired hitman who has just lost his wife to illness. When Russian thugs had the temerity to steal his car (a ’69 Mustang) and kill his dog (Daisy, an adorable beagle), a parting gift from his late wife, all hell breaks loose. And being a superlative hitman that he is, you can bet your bottom dollar that payback will be spectacular and gruesome.

Fans of action films should not miss this movie.

For some reason, Keanu Reeves seems do well in in this type of roles. The well-executed, fluid fighting scenes and the highly capable support cast (Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, John Leguizamo, Adrienne Palicki, Ian McShane, among others) are also excellent reasons to watch John Wick. I suppose it helps that the co-directors, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, are veteran stunt coordinators. The film even includes a glimpse of the murky world of contract killers (their own hotel, currency system, code of conduct, the cleanup crew).

As further proof of how well John Wick resonates with audiences and critics, there is now a growing online buzz about a sequel for this movie (gosh, I hope so).

Enjoy it, guys.