But that and $200,000 will get you a cup of coffee. That and press credentials will get you into The Clinton Coffees, Pts. 1-44 (1997). Just four bucks will get you a coffee movie. But what exactly is a coffee movie? Parallax View was set in Seattle, yet features maybe two cups of the stuff (although one does kill Hume Cronyn). Pam Grier's blaxploitation babe-fest Coffy (1973), despite its many merits, isn't one either.
Diner (1982) is a coffee movie. Bunch of guys, hunched over bottomless cups and greasy food, stabbing out smokes in cheap foil ashtrays, bantering while the sun yawns. A coffee movie is Reservoir Dogs (1992): black suits, thin ties, some talk perhaps of virginity, of appointments, of tipping. Coffee is sallow men, indoor men, men of fluorescent-lit worlds and darker. A coffee movie is Midnight Run (1988): Odd couple on the road and on edge; crabby, dusty and tired. Small white ceramics, with a red stripe at the lip. The happy ending? DeNiro opens a coffee shop.