Video – Leonard Cohen In The Movies: Mia Kirshner Dances To “Everybody Knows” In Exotica

In Atom Egoyan’s Exotica, Mia Kirshner dances to Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows at a Toronto gentleman’s club inhabited by a group of patrons, dancers, and owners who are connected by previous and ongoing relationships. The film, a prize winner at Cannes and the recipient of French and Canadian honors, is a series of mysteries solved by the revelation of more mysteries – and then presented in a chronologically jumbled manner.

For more on the two films about strippers featuring Cohen songs in the soundtracks – Exotica & Dancing At The Blue Iguana – see A Contemplation Of Leonard Cohen’s Music In Soundtracks Of Two Movies About Strip Clubs.

“Everybody Knows” from Exotica

Note: Originally posted Oct 19, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

John Cale’s Cover Of Hallelujah By Leonard Cohen Brings Grace, Meaning, & Dignity To Scrubs Episode

Hallelujah Not Always A Cliche

While the current cultural mode is to lament and deride the use of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to invoke a certain contemplative, mournful, dignified tone in movies or TV shows, I remain impressed by the impact the song has in specific instances. A case in point is the employment of John Cale’s version of Leonard Cohen’s classic in “My Old Lady,” the fourth episode of Scrubs’ first season (first broadcast October 16, 2001). The plot features three patients under the care of young doctors who star in the show. All three  die, giving their physicians their first experiences with losing patients.

It was forty years ago that I first had a patient under my care die; I still remember the feelings.  And, dramatic conventions aside, the concluding scene of this Scrubs episode resonate with that memory – in no small part because of the strains of Hallelujah.

Texting Of Leonard Cohen Lyrics Opens Aspirin For The Masses Movie

The opening sequence of Aspirin For The Masses (see above graphic) comprises a texting version of lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah:

Mby there’s a God above but all I’ve ever learned from <3
was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.

This precise wording appears to be a conflation of the lyrics as sung by Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, and others. The official lyrics from the 1988 Leonard Cohen concert performance of Hallelujah, released on Cohen Live (1994), follow:

Maybe there’s a God above,
As for me, all I’ve ever seemed to learn from love
Is how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.

Aspirin For The Masses

Aspirin For The Masses is, according to the Vimeo blurb for its trailer,

darkly comic. Winner of more than 50 Film Festival laurels from Milan to Cannes, Beverly Hills to Jakarta, it is the cheapest feature film ever made, shot for $3,500 by an all-volunteer cast and crew.

Directed and written by Adam Nixon, Aspirin for the Masses can be viewed on Amazon Prime Video.

The synopsis from the Adler & Associates Entertainment, Inc. site follows:

Set in Washington DC, “Aspirin for the Masses” is a romantic comedy with no romantic spirit, as couples come together and fall apart. Joni must choose between her Ph.D. common-law husband and her dream lover. Her father Roland is a salesman with a billion-dollar idea, if he can only find angel investors. Michael has a plan to find the cash. Joni’s sister Sioux can become a licensed family therapist if she can keep her hallucinations in check long enough to pass the licensing exam. Filling out the cast are a team of lesbian movers, a teenage boy with a secret identity, a suburban mom who did way too many drugs in the 90’s, in the 80’s, in the 70’s, and in the 60’s, and Kelly, a first year pharmacy student – and former beauty queen – who steals drugs to pay her tuition.


Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy” Featured In Mr Robot Season 3 Trailer

The spoken word version of Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy” is the soundtrack for the Mr Robot Season 3 Trailer.

A complete analysis of the trailer and the internet game that introduced it is available at Mr. Robot’s season 3 trailer is here, after a prolonged internet game by Kaitlyn Tiffany (The Verge: Aug 4, 2017)