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.
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.
I’ve also updated the original chart showing only Kevin’s, Kamau’s, and their guests’ average ratings:
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?)
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?)
This second chart reflects total Denzelishness in each year.
This chart will get more dramatic after all the data is compiled.
I’m planning some new visualizations of DWITGAOATP data, and I went back to Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic’s book, Storytelling With Data, to get some ideas. As I was flipping through it, I remembered that she uses data labels on her bar charts, which makes them much easier to read.
So here’s the updated data with labels. Now I need to figure out how to adjust the spacing. It’s a little smashed, which is a bit of a coincidence. (Heh.)
I came late to the DWITGAOATP party, and the more I listen to the podcast, the more I learn about the Denzealot community.
After seven or eight episodes, I jumped ahead to Episode 49, Much Ado About Nothing, because I love that movie. One of my favorite scenes is when Don Pedro, played by Denzel, proposes to Beatrice, played by Emma Thompson. She politely declines, saying, “No, my lord, unless I might have another for working days. Your Grace is too costly to wear every day.”
During the episode, Kamau and Kevin talk a lot about Liz, who maintains the @Denzealots Twitter account, and Igor Rusinov, who maintains Denzealots.com. I never realized before today that those are fan accounts. Their sites complement the DWITGAOATP podcast nicely, and I rely on them quite a bit.
I was three days into this project when I realized that I’m going to have to start thinking like a researcher. Which is a bit of a challenge for me, because, well, I’m not a researcher.
There are holes in my data that need fixing. For example, I listened to the first seven episodes without the intention of gathering data, so my list of Denzelisms is largely from memory.
Back to Episode 2: The Equalizer.
Here’s the starting list of Denzelisms from that episode:
- The walk
- General badassery
- The lip
- The speech
- Denzel’s humor
- The “Oh, really … oh, ok, ok” reaction. (Kamau and Kevin went on to call it something else, but I can’t go there.)
In future episodes they added:
- The stutter
- The thousand-yard stare
- The cough
- The Glory Tear
- No white women as lovers (not on the chart yet)
Below is the updated chart (also see the latest table on which it is based):
I changed the bar chart to a clustered bar chart, which will allow for automatic reporting of average film ratings and Denzelims. I haven’t added a key yet, but the blue bars represent the ratings, and the orange bars represent the number of Denzelisms reported by Kevin and Kamau.
And just as a side note, my spell check isn’t offering to add “Denzelism” to my spell check dictionary. WTF?
In this first chart, the bars represent the average rating given to each film by Kamau, Kevin, and their guests (if any). The final chart will look similar to this, but in addition to displaying the average ratings, the color of each bar will represent the film’s Denzelishness.
In the example below, the bar for “Glory” is a deep red, which will be reserved for films where Mr. Washington displayed his most Denzelishness. More on that to come.
See the table of data on which this chart is based. Note that the Denzelisms are incomplete. I’ll add more of that data as I listen to the podcasts. (So far I’m capturing the walk, lip, speech, and stutter. I’ll add columns for any others I catch in the podcasts.)