Denzealot Data

because all that data isn't going to chart itself

Kamau meets Denzel

On June 7, Kamau and Melissa attended the American Film Institute’s 47th Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Denzel Washington, where Kamau finally met Denzel!

Check out the Getty images, including Michael Kovac’s photos of Kamau’s introduction to Denzel. And be sure to listen to Episode 119 of DWITGAOATP, where Kamau shares all the details with Kevin and guest David Alan Grier.

According to an as-yet-unverified rumor, a Denzealot somewhere may have arranged for Kamau’s invitation. While the rumor is based on pure speculation, and there’s not one shred of real evidence to substantiate it, we don’t care … we’re running with it.

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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