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.
Have you ever wondered what Ghostbusters would be like if it was a little more like Bosom Buddies? Check out our video that reimagines the Ivan Reitman comedy classic as a 1980s sitcom straight out of the Who’s the Boss? and Growing Pains playbook. Ghostbusters with a peppy ’80s theme song is guaranteed to make you feel good.
Over the years, the cast of The Sopranos has popped up in a variety of other shows and movies, always bringing some edge. It’s no surprise that even in comedies, Soprano cast cameos come with a lot of NSFW caveats. Even in kids movies, you can tell they’re fighting to keep the F-bombs from rolling. In honor of Steve “Bobby Bacala” Schirripa shaking down the guys on Benders this week, hereare a few of the funniest cameos from The Sopranos cast.
10. Tony Sirico, Family Guy
Paulie Walnuts himself finally got to teach Stewie some respect, as the voice of the Griffin’s new dog on Family Guy.
9. Vincent Pastore, Pepsi Ad
Pastore acts like a big, well, pussycat when he comes face to face with a tough little girl in this spot for Pepsi from his Sopranos heyday.
8. Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Real Housewives of New Jersey Spoof
Sigler was perfectly cast in a Funny or Die spoof of the Bravo show that owes a lot to The Sopranos.
7. Michael Imperioli, The Office
Dwight Schrute finally received his black belt from a new sensei during the last season of The Office. And when you think karate, the first person that always comes to mind is Michael Imperioli.
6. Drea de Matteo, Conan
De Matteo proves even her insecurities can be funny, copping to a whopper of a lie to get out of a guest spot back during Conan’s late night days.
5. Joe Pantoliano, The Simpsons
Joey Pants and Michael Imperioli voiced gangsters in a 2006 episode that spoofed The Sopranos, The Godfather, and pretty much every other aspect of mafia culture.
4. Steven Schirripa, Benders
It’s hardly surprising that Schirripa turns up in comedies from time to time, after years spent on the standup circuit. You can catch him on this week’s brand-new Benders as a tough guy shaking down the Uncle Chubbys boys.
3. Edie Falco, 30 Rock
Falco played Celeste “C.C.” Cunningham, a liberal congresswoman with a dark secret. That secret being she’d fallen for the human avatar of everything she’d spent her life fighting against. But have you seen Jack Donaghy’s hair?
2. James Gandolfini, Letterman Top 10 List
The late, great Gandolfini didn’t make as many cameo appearances as his costars (he was too busy making movies), but he did appear on Letterman with the rest of the Sopranos cast for a fun Top 10 list. Naturally, he came out last to the biggest applause. Tony always gets the number one spot.
1. James Gandolfini Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico and Vincent Curatola, Nicky Deuce
Schirripa actually starred in this kid’s movie, and enlisted a slew of his old Sopranos friends to pop by and put a PG spin on their old act.
7 Mismatched Buddy Cop Duos Who Play By Their Own Rules
Catch IFC's Lethal Weapon movie marathon Sunday, November 22nd starting at 8:30AM ET/PT.
Posted by Luke McKinney on Photo Credit: Warner Bros./Everett Collection
Mismatched buddy cops are a staple of action flicks, because “putting unstable people into high-pressure situations with guns and hoping things work out” always leads to comic mayhem. You know the trope — a beleaguered police chief assigns polar opposite detectives to a case that nobody wants to solve. They start out at each other’s throats before a begruding respect leads to geniune comraderie. (Nothing like blowing away some bad guys of vaguely European origin to stoke the fires of friendship.) In honor of IFC’s Lethal Weapon movie marathon, check out our tribute to the mismatched cop duos who play by their own rules and leave an epic body count in their wake.
7. Hammond and Cates, 48 Hrs.
Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte invented and mastered the art of buddy comedy, and they didn’t let little things like Eddie’s Reggie Hammond not being a cop stop them. The premise of “I’m borrowing this convicted thief from jail for a couple of days so he can be a peace officer” violates pretty much every law we know about. But the results (and Eddie’s Reggie) convincingly speak for themselves.
6. Lee and Carter, Rush Hour
Rush Hour‘s combination of Jackie Chan’s high-flying kicks with Chris Tucker’s motormouth means this movie never stops for a single second. Whether it’s action-packed set-pieces, turbocharged wise-cracking, or the wonderful novelty of clashing characters where neither is playing the straight man role, this duo is always going full tilt.
5. Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash, Tango & Cash
Tango and Cash are forced together fairly quickly even by buddy cop movie standards thanks to falsified murder charges and a maximum security prison full of every perp they’ve ever put away. Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell bring high-tech attack vehicles and self-destruct sequences to the genre and the results, which are so not by the book they aren’t even fit for print, are all kinds of awesome.
4. Sykes and Sam Francisco, Alien Nation
Alien Nation took the mismatched partner genre to its ultimate conclusion by importing an alien “Newcomer” from an entirely different planet specifically to annoy James Caan’s grizzled cop. Oh, and also to fight an alien dealing “xeno-drugs” that make aliens immensely strong. Mandy Patinkin stars as the super-strong, ultra-helpful, and ridiculously named Sam Francisco.
3. Angel and Butterman, Hot Fuzz
Edgar Wright’s love-letter to buddy comedy moves London’s top cop Nick Angel (Simon Pegg) to the sleepy town of Sandford where PC Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) has nothing better to do than watch buddy cop movies and dream of action sequences. A hilariously self-aware parody of the genre pits both against a gloriously greasy Timothy Dalton.
2. Friday and Streebek, Dragnet
Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks is the kind of super-cinematic dream team that used to happen all the time in the buddy action comedy heyday of the ’80s. Aykroyd plays possibly the Akroyd-iest character of his career with Joe Friday, who has apparently replaced his soul with “the book” and doesn’t understand how silly he sounds when he reads from it. Hanks counters this with his streetwise Streebek, whose loose charm serves as Friday’s comedic foil. The classic mismatched pair join forces to fight P.A.G.A.N., the People Against Goodness And Normalcy, which should tell you whether you or not you want to watch this underrated ’80s comedy.
1. Riggs and Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon
Hammond and Cates were the original buddy cops, but Riggs and Murtaugh are the icons. In retrospect, pairing the almost-retired Murtaugh with suicidal loose cannon Riggs seems more like a scheme to avoid pension payouts than any way of fighting crime, but the results birthed an action comedy franchise that inspired more than a few imitators.