Written by Jeff Lund @alaskalund
With earth tilting and orbiting in such a way, afternoons have been ruined. Well, at least in Alaska because by the time I am done with work, I have 40 minutes until sunset.
And there is almost an entire month of daylight loss to come. I’m not complaining because the sun set in Barrow on Nov. 18 and won’t rise again until Jan. 23.
A buddy of mine used to teach there and he said there was a lot of time to sit around and watch movies, because it was too cold and too dark to do much else on a standard weekday.
Anyway, it got me thinking, what are the best movie scenes involving coffee?
I sometimes wonder if people who make these lists put certain movies or scenes because they are classic or have such a reputation of being classic, they are always added.
So as far as the above link goes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s makes sense, so I’d have it on the list.
I’ve never seen Amelie so I wouldn’t really get the scene in the bigger context.
I can comment on Role Models, because this is such an indictment of sizing at contemporary coffee joints (read: Starbucks).
The rest make total sense, especially the Pulp Fiction scene, but it’s hard for me to think about coffee as a subordinate character, or a coffee shop as a setting without these:
Bill Murray in Groundhog Day
The movie is solid, but Bill Murray is legendary. He crushed this role like he crushes breakfast and coffee. “Just keep it comin’ please.”
Bill Murray in Kingpin
Coffee doesn’t star in this scene, but Big Ern’s game. Coffee is also in the background.
Will Ferrell in Kicking and Screaming
Few things encapsulate the coffee life more than Will Ferrell’s introduction and subsequent addiction in this flick.
Will Ferrell in Elf
Again, I love the indictment of the coffee shop silliness, this time with promotion.
I watched Airplane!, Spaceballs and Three Amigos growing up because my dad loved that type of movie. When I rewatched them when I understood the humor, I Ioved them too.
Speaking of Spaceballs…
“I always have coffee when I watch radar, you know that.” Of course “radar” is interchangeable.
So here’s to the season of movies after a good workout and be on the lookout for a good coffee scene.