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Denzealot Data

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Data is everything

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.”

W. Edwards Deming

Shea Serrano published a great piece on The Ringer last month: The Denzel Washington Compendium. It’s definitely worth a read.

A definitive “no”

Lakeith Stanfield’s Top 5

Lakeith’s Top 5* from Episode 102:

1. John Q
2. Training Day
3. Flight
4. Glory
5. Mo’ Better Blues

* The order is a bit rough, because Kevin didn’t press for a definitive ranking.

Denzel’s recommendations

ningrim, on Reddit: For someone who has never seen your work, what would you suggest they watch first?

Denzel: I would suggest that they watch two. Fences and Man on Fire.

I Am Denzel Washington, Ask Me Anything!
December 15, 2016

Xilla Valentine’s Top 5

Xilla’s list from Episode 94:

1. Man on Fire
2. Training Day
3. The Great Debaters
4. The Magnificent Seven
5. John Q

Vulture rankings

On Friday, Will Leitch and Tim Grierson over at Vulture Devouring Culture published a guide on where to watch Denzel’s films: Want to Watch Some Denzel? Here’s a Streaming Guide to All 44 of His Movies.

Scenes from some of the films are embedded in the article. So, of course, I had to rewatch the ending of Man On Fire. And, of course, I started crying as soon as Pita screamed, “CREASY!” I can’t help it.

Here are Leitch and Grierson’s rankings. I was a little surprised to see The Magnificent Seven ranked so far down on the list. I’d like to hear your thoughts about that and the rest of their rankings.

Rank Film
1 Malcolm X (1992)
2 Training Day (2001)
3 He Got Game (1998)
4 Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
5 Crimson Tide (1995)
6 Mo’ Better Blues (1990)
7 Mississippi Masala (1992)
8 Flight (2012)
9 Glory (1989)
10 Inside Man (2006)
11 The Mighty Quinn (1989)
12 The Hurricane (1999)
13 Man on Fire (2004)
14 Cry Freedom (1987)
15 A Soldier’s Story (1984)
16 American Gangster (2007)
17 Unstoppable (2010)
18 The Equalizer (2014)
19 Antwone Fisher (2002)
20 The Siege (1998)
21 Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
22 Remember the Titans (2000)
23 Out of Time (2003)
24 Courage Under Fire (1996)
25 The Pelican Brief (1993)
26 Power (1986)
27 The Great Debaters (2007)
28 Philadelphia (1993)
29 Safe House (2012)
30 For Queen and Country (1989)
31 Ricochet (1991)
32 The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
33 Fallen (1998)
34 The Book of Eli (2010)
35 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
36 The Magnificent Seven (2016)
37 The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
38 The Bone Collector (1999)
39 2 Guns (2013)
40 Deja Vu (2006)
41 Virtuosity (1995)
42 John Q. (2002)
43 Carbon Copy (1981)
44 Heart Condition (1990)

Denzel data at FiveThirtyEight

I was thrilled yesterday to see multiple Denzealots reporting on Walt Hickey’s article, The Four Types of Denzel Washington Movies, on FiveThirtyEight. It’s great to see more Denzel data, especially on Nate Silver’s site.

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New Denzelishness tracker!

Download the new tracker, watch Denzel movies, and help track data. Submit what you find using the Denzelishness Report.

Ava DuVernay’s Top 5

Ava’s list from Episode 48:

1. Mo’ Better Blues
2. Malcolm X
3. Devil in a Blue Dress
4. Antwone Fisher
5. Out of Time

The original Top 5 lists

Here are Kevin’s and Kamau’s original Top 5 lists from Episode 0.

Kevin’s Top 5
Out of Time
Crimson Tide
Inside Man
The Book of Eli
American Gangster

Kamau’s Top 5
Malcolm X
Inside Man
Mo’ Better Blues
The Book of Eli
The Hurricane

The Ratings

For those unfamiliar with the Denzealot rating system, here is the key to the ratings, in ascending order from “Been Took” (not so good) to “This Is What He Does”—the highest and rarest of ratings, which represents Denzel’s very best work.

1 star = Been Took
2 stars = Led Astray
3 stars = Hoodwinked
4 stars = Run Amok
5 stars = Bamboozled
6 stars = This Is What He Does

Denzel in Book of Eli

Denzel in Book of Eli

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Early ’80s Denzel

Data update

After almost an entire month, I finally got around to updating the Current Data page. I’ve watched several of the films since my last update on June 21 and have been tracking Denzelisms, so the data is getting a little richer.

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I’ve also updated the original chart showing only Kevin’s, Kamau’s, and their guests’ average ratings:

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Soon I’ll add the Denzealots’ movie ratings to the mix, and we’ll be able to compare our average ratings to Kevin and Kamau’s. (Isn’t that exciting?)

The second five polls

The first five movie polls are closed, and the second five are up. They’ll be open until 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26.

Remember, all polls are published in the order they were reviewed by Kevin and Kamau on the podcast. See the schedule for details.

For those unfamiliar with the Denzealot rating system, following is a key of the ratings, in ascending order from  “Been Took” (not so good) to “This Is What He Does”—the highest and rarest of ratings, which represents Denzel’s very best work.

1 star = Been Took
2 stars = Led Astray
3 stars = Hoodwinked
4 stars = Run Amok
5 stars = Bamboozled
6 stars = This Is What He Does

Thanks to everyone for participating!

The first five polls

The first five polls are live! They’ll be open for one week starting today, July 12.

All polls will be published in the order they were reviewed by Kevin and Kamau on the podcast. See the schedule for details.

Denzelism tracker

Print your own Denzelism tracker and use it to record your film ratings and the Denzelisms you find in each film. (Because I can’t be the only data nerd Denzealot.)

DenzelismTracker

Coming soon

Starting Tuesday, July 12, I’ll begin posting polls of each Denzel Washington film. Each poll will be live for one week, so watch this space beginning July 12, and add your ratings!

In the meantime, I’ll post a few miscellaneous polls here and there to test the features and formatting. Here’s the first.

Flames

Here’s a line chart showing Denzelishness over the years, according to the nine Denzelisms that I’m tracking: the walk, general badassery, humor, the lip, the speech, the stutter, the thousand-yard stare, the cough, and the Glory Tear. (Now we’re getting fancy.)

(Note that the chart includes data only for the podcasts that I’ve heard so far (see the Current Data).

The first chart reflects average Denzelishness. (Wait! Isn’t that an oxymoron?)

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This second chart reflects total Denzelishness in each year.

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This chart will get more dramatic after all the data is compiled.

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