About Me


Hello, my name is John Charet. I am a 38 year-old cinema aficionado born and raised in Niles, Illinois. I have been living there since I was born:) I have just started this blog, so it may take a few days for me to post another entry. Besides film, I love to go swimming, and surf the Internet. However, the focus on this site is only going to be on the subject of cinema. I chose the name “Cinematic Coffee” because I felt the name fit the mood. For example, whenever I am in a cafe or a restaurant, I always hear these different kinds of conversations going on around me. The conversations are about more than just cinema, I just felt like calling it “Cinematic Coffee” because cinema is my passion. Anyway, this blog in a nutshell is about my favorite films, directors, actors etc. Expect to read entries where I talk about legendary filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Buster Keaton, Orson Welles and Yasujiro Ozu among countless others.

Comment Policy: I will not tolerate any disrespectful or insulting comments on this blog. If you leave comments like these, they will be deleted and you will be banned from the community. P.S. Let’s all be nice:)


31 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I really enjoyed your comments on some of the classic wonderful older movies and always interesting to know some about the plots and directors as well. Thanks
    Looking forward to more

  2. Thank you for the nice comments. I highly appreciate them:) I have been meaning to write more posts, I have just been so busy lately. Judging by my top icon, you could probably guess that “Vertigo” is one of my all time favorite films. I hope you enjoy the site:)

  3. John, I admire your encyclopedia-like knowledge of the cinema. I’ve been reading your lists for years, and I’ve talked to you on campus, so this space is such a great evolution for you! Keep up the good work!

  4. Thank you for the kind words. How about commenting on some of the directors I am listing here. I would love to here what films of there’s you love and talk about my rankings:)

  5. Hello John- I like the look of your web site, sophisticated, and your beyond extensive knowledge of film. I go to usually about 2 films a week at the theater and probably see 2 more at home. I recently saw the film ‘Locke’ with Tom Hardy and would love to hear your thoughts on it. I am having a hard time finding a classification for this film, it is quite different.
    Thanks, BTW you know my husband Jack, and my daughter Michaela, and they enjoy hearing from you as well.
    Liz Moran

  6. Sorry, it took so long for me to respond- I have just been so busy with work and stuff. Anyway, I would classify Locke as a drama thriller. My thoughts on it is that it is a very good film (i gave it * * * 1/2 out of * * * *). It is fascinating how the Tom Hardy character (fantastic in the role) communicates with his deceased father (not shown) while on the phone in his car. Regards:)

  7. Hi,
    I work on the production of the film Love at First Fight. There is a mistake on this page : https://cinematiccoffee.com/category/andy-goddard/
    The film is directed by Thomas Cailley alone. We do not know M. Andy Goddard and he has nothing to do with the film. Please change the page as the mistake keeps being spread on the internet. Thank you very much ! Best regards,

  8. I just corrected the mistake you mentioned and I deeply apologize for the error I made. This link here http://www.parboldpicturehouse.org/les-combattants-13th-december-2015/ mentioned Andy Goddard’s name on the website when they were going to be showing it on a December 13th 2015 showing and I thought he might have served uncredited because the name Andy Goddard never appeared in the credits when I first watched it so I just put it down just to be on the safe side even though it was never mentioned on the film’s IMDB and wikipedia page. I do not know If they were the first site to mention Andy Goddard as co-director, but that site is the first place I discovered it. I first posted my list for the Best Films of 2015 in early January so I am not the first guy to wrongly say that Andy Goddard served as a co-director, but I just corrected the mistake and I now understand that Andy Goddard had no involvement at all in this film and the film was directed by one guy only and that was Thomas Cailley and once again, I sincerely apologize for the mistake πŸ™‚

  9. So John, You know I love your site. I hang out here often enough. I was going through your list of directors and I didn’t find Norman Jewison. Hmmm….I’m curious. Why not? I’m not being accusatory, of course. I really like him, though.

  10. I do like Norman Jewison as well πŸ™‚ He may not be a great director, but he has directed some very good films though If I can single out just one great film that he has directed, it would be 1987’s Moonstruck. In the Heat of the Night was very good as was The Cincinnati Kid and And Justice for All. Maybe one of these I should do a list of directors have done less than three great films or just a list of honorable directors so nobody feels left out πŸ™‚ And to me, you are not accusatory at all πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep the comments coming πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks John. You’re sweet. Jewison is where we diverge. I think In the Heat of the Night is a great film. Landmark even and not just because of subject matter. Of course I live in the South. I was born and reared in Texas but I’ve lived in Tennessee for thirty years. Directors rarely get the South right. But Jewison did. It’s a very atmospheric film and I think he put us smack dab in the middle of it. I like Moonstruck too but I love a Soldier’s Story. It’s a quiet, character driven film that packs an emotional wallop. Jewison was an actor’s director, a lot like Lumet. That’s probably why I like him so much. Well, anyway, that’s my abbreviated defense of Norman Jewison.
    It would be boring if we completely agreed.

  12. Hey John. Hope you had a good 4th. I’ve been thinking about our post, watching a few Coen Brothers films that I haven’t seen: Braton Fink, Serious Man, The Hudsucker Proxy. Looking forward to it.

  13. Sorry for the late response, I have been working the past two days πŸ™‚ I did have a great 4th of July though and I hope you did too πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for The Coen Brothers post either πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming πŸ™‚

  14. Yay! I was getting a little worried about you. I was thinking about the Coen Brothers post…Maybe we could highlight our first top 3 movies or maybe top 5,..I’m just floating some ideas. Oh yeah…you’re going on vacation right?

  15. I will be gone from July 10th to the 12th and I will be back home by mid-afternoon on Friday, July 13th. I would say that Sunday, July 15th is when I should be back to blogging as usual πŸ™‚

  16. Hi John,

    Well, I watched Synecdoche New York. Wow!…Let me begin this way: I don’t like chess, not because it’s not a great game–of course it is–but because I don’t understand it. It makes my head hurt. Literally. I have to think, to concentrate, too hard.

    Synecodoche made my head hurt. It was hard for me to make heads or tails of it.

    Here’s what I got out of it: Life is hard, especially if you don’t make the most of it. Making the most of it isn’t necessarily about professional accolades, about being matched with someone who is your intellectual or, even, sexual equal. No. It’s more about being matched with someone you like, with someone you can talk to, with someone you have empathy for. That’s what love is. If you don’t have it, then you are consumed with regret and all you have is your base pursuits. Those pursuits are not necessarily bad, but alone, they are not enough to have a fulfilled life. Without a fulfilled life you rampage through it and hurt yourself and others too.

    So I think I got the jest of it–but the play within the play and Caden becoming Ellen and Sammy’s double playing Sammy’s double…To me, that’s like trying to keep up with so and so’s cousins, sister’s husband’s aunt…Oh my gosh. I’ve got vertigo. I just don’t have the intellect for it.

    All that said, I appreciate that you would think I’d understand it. That’s a compliment. And please, don’t feel restrained about giving me movie recommendations or about being honest with your opinion. That would hurt my feelings.

  17. Synecdoche New York is indeed a very deep film. In fact, so deep that it makes Charlie Kaufman’s other work look commercial by comparison. I think you totally understand it. As for the play-within-a-play themes, I think that was Kaufman’s way of presenting an artist’s life (one wonders If Caden Cotard is Kaufman’s alter ego?) to an audience whether it be theatre goers or movie goers. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming πŸ™‚

  18. Hey John,
    You haven’t been by my site in awhile…(if I had a sad face emoji I’d use it here and I don’t use emoji’s). I’d like you to read my post on Mandy. I’d like to converse with you about the film…I didn’t like it, but I think you would. It’s a good movie. Very well done. Just not my kind of movie…Anyway, I’d like to hear from you since we’re friends.

  19. Sorry about that. I have been working these past three days straight and that is the reason for my absence. Nevertheless, I will be posting more πŸ™‚ As for Baby Driver, I had a feeling that it was either going to work for you or not so that reaction was not too surprising. I personally love it, but I respect your differing views on it. Anyway, I shall check out your post when it comes up πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep those comments coming πŸ™‚

  20. All is going perfectly well πŸ™‚ How about you? πŸ™‚ It is the holiday season and that is why I have not been posting much. In other words, I have been pretty busy. Nevertheless, once the season is over I will be posting more often πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  21. Oh that. Gotcha πŸ™‚ I am reading the blog post right now regarding the one you did with a few others concerning anthology tv shows. Sure, I would love to answer questions regarding a Round Table blog entry. Although it might be later in the day, how about I e-mail you tomorrow? πŸ™‚ Would that be good? πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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