Cigarettes & Coffee

Interesting to see all of the parallels between this and Hard Eight. I'm guessing that this is the point where PTA began to carve out his own signature style, or at least find a foundation for what would later be expanded upon in Hard Eight, the camera movement is ever so fluid and the intersecting stories are pulled off to varying degrees of success. Cigarettes & Coffee has a solid screenplay even if I thought the couple subplot was a noticeably weak link. It's a slow burn but the performances were solid enough to carry it out. Either way, it's a solid watch and hardly demanding at a meekly 24 minutes. There's something innately comfy and warming about diner scenes in general.

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