Starring: Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Cate Blanchett, Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan Director: Jim Jarmusch The film: You can feel the natural progression of this smart Jim Jarmusch film - from the director's first hazy idea through to its full fruition as a realised project. It begins rather clumsily, but once Jarmusch's guests get their act together, it's a thoroughly entertaining - and evocative - experience. Critics of the Jarmusch style say there's too often too little going on in his films, that they're all style over substance. But the quiet moments here allow for a greater intimacy with the project. As the title suggests, basically the ever stylish Jarmusch has gathered together some of his friends, who sit down over a smoke and a brew. The director then just lets the cameras roll. They're either in character or playing themselves, and the process either works or it doesn't. There's no middle ground. So, don't be scared off by the lame opening - with comedians Stephen Wright and Roberto Benigni looking utterly uncomfortable in each other's company. That was shot in 1986 and it looks very much like a work in progress. Or a film student's idea that hasn't been properly thought through. By the time we get to work in 1993, though, Jarmusch has really hit his straps, with Tom Waits and Iggy Pop playing off each other superbly. He then realised what he wanted to do with his idea - and began asking around for people to become involved in the project. And so the best of the rest of the assembled cast include Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan riffing majestically on the nature of fame, and the superb Cate Blanchett in conversation with herself. Rounding things out is a sublimely melancholy chat that includes the ex-Warhol collaborator Taylor Mead. Jarmusch has long been held as one of the coolest cats around - and the whole feel of Coffee and Cigarettes does little to damage this reputation. The black and white camerawork gives a decidedly relaxed feeling to it all - almost at times as if you're sitting at another table listening jealously to a bunch of the absurdly talented as they posture and procrastinate. And the beauty of the format means that you don't have to sit around for too long if you think things are falling a bit flat. They come and go at a fairly rapid pace. The extras: Not too much, save some Bill Murray outtakes (always good value for money) and an interview with Mead that does nothing to dispense with his image as one of the world's more unusual characters. Fans of Joe Strummer get to see him in action with the Mescaleros on Midnight Jam in a video clip, as well. The verdict: Not everyone's, er, cup of tea. But even the most cynical will find it hard not to be swayed by some of Jarmusch and friends' cooler moments.