Leonard Cohen Agrees

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There has been a rash of films and TV shows using the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” and mostly to ill effect in my opinion. I won’t go on and on about it since I already have here at IFC quite recently.

There is a consensus among most here on the issue and that is: stop using the song. However, some “Watchmen” fanatics are in hardcore opposition, and some Leonard Cohen fans (or perhaps just lovers of the song, be it Buckley’s version or Cale’s or K.D. Lang’s, good grief) think the song should shine anywhere, anytime. Given the hate mail, there are also a few vigilantes aligned with them who are determined to come after anyone opining about it no matter what. Hey vigilantes, you’re right about how I can’t find a girlfriend. You’re just wrong about everything else.

Well, it seems the man himself tends to agree with me and those saying lay off the song already. A concerned Canadian reader tipped me off to this interview in which Cohen speaks specifically about the use of the song, also mentioning it’s use in “Watchmen.”

(Forward to about 33:43 and dig Cohen’s comments)

If you’re Canadian, or you’ve watched the Billy Bob break down interview, you’ll recognize the interviewer. One Jian Ghomeshi, hero of Q TV, defender of Canada, server of so much gravy.

(thanks Pam!)

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.

15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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When Hearing “Hallelujah” is No Time to Rejoice

When Hearing “Hallelujah” is No Time to Rejoice (photo)

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There’s no shortage of songs that get overused on the big and small screen, and whether the result of unimaginative hacks or some ill-conceived notion of what audiences want (uninformed hacks), it’s always baffling. Staples like “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Let’s Get It On” and James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” should never be heard in a film again. Then there are songs that have been so overused they should never be heard again, period. Bad to begin with, mindless garbage like “Takin’ Care Of Business” and “Walking on Sunshine” are musical trans fats — artificial, monetized and bad for society, they should be banned as such.

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a different sort of song altogether. It’s far from bad, nor is it really a staple that’s overplayed its welcome. In fact, it should be acknowledged, once the mind’s cleared of the cynicism wrought by overexposure, that it’s one of the best folk songs ever penned. That’s precisely why, as a soundtrack choice, it must be earned. It’s a special song that should be brought out only when nothing else on God’s green earth will do. Instead, it’s been used and abused dozens of times in both film and TV, in its original form or in one of the over one hundred cover versions that have been recorded.


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Watch a Free Episode of Portlandia Right Now Before the Season Six Premiere

Watch a free full episode of Portlandia right now before the season premiere on January 21st at 10/9c.

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Grab your organic cacao and send Fred and Carrie emojis to all your friends, because Portlandia is coming back January 21st at 10/9c on IFC for its sixth season. But you don’t have to wait to watch a full episode from the new season for free.

Click here to watch a free full pre-premiere episode and find out what Fred is doing in that astronaut get-up. You can also watch the pre-premiere episode of Portlandia — plus lots of other great stuff like full episodes of Todd Margaret, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and more — right now on the IFC App.

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