Wednesday, April 28, 2010

By The Numbers: Steve Buscemi

Yeah, yeah he's a movie star. We'll talk about that more in a minute. As I was going through his lengthy credits I passed by Pete and Pete. Anyone remember that show? Kid's show with two brothers, both named Pete. Only had, I think, 3 seasons, but I used to love that show. I forgot Buscemi did a couple episodes.

Alright, an explanation of how this all works for anyone new.

I take all the films an actor or actress has been in and break them down into three categories, 'Good' 'Bad' and 'Ok.' I do not count TV appearances or Made for TV movies. Afterwards a quick analysis will show whether or not they're a good actor by the numbers. Invariably there is a 2-3 +/- point bias on a person to person basis. Also, since 'ok' movies are not bad they count towards the positive column in the overall figuring. If by the numbers they fall in the 50 - 60% range, they're a bad actor; 61 - 70% good actor, and 71 - 80% great actor. Anything higher is unlikely, but will be classified as "elite."








Now let's see those numbers:




I know a lot of you who read my blog are Buscemi fans. I am too. That said he barely limps into the good column. When I began on the list I was sure it would be an easy win. But I forgot how many horrible kids movies and bad Adam Sandler films he's been in, not to mention his early career was littered with duds. This one is so tight that a single movie the other way and he'd register poorly. Nevertheless with a total of 61% positive over 39% negative, Steve Buscemi is officially a good actor. He's got some great looking films coming up so let's hope he stays on the good path. 


Thanks to Ally for choosing this week's pick!

15 comments:

  1. Bad Adam Sandler movies are still good though. His scene in Billy Madison with the lipstick, epic.

    Let's see Pauly Shore next

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  2. You'd better not be referring to Billy Madison as "bad" movie. That movie is pure gold. Idiotic, but still awesome.

    Powdered Toast Man agrees with me...I think.

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  3. No guys, Billy Madison was counted as good.
    There are good Adam Sandler movies and bad. Buscemi has been in both.

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  4. Fargo
    Reservoir Dogs
    Trees Lounge
    The Big Lewbowski

    'nuff said...brilliant!

    Thanks for doing this guy. He's a classic...

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  5. Total Stevie B fan. Is it bad that I liked him in Armageddon?

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  6. Hecks no. He was the best thing in Armageddon.

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  7. Way to alienate your female readership...Steve Buscewhoee?

    Yeah, yeah...whatever.

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  8. Cotton, that statement is especially funny in light of the second post I will be putting up shortly.

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  9. TS how could you fail to mention that I attended the same high school as Steve and that he filmed Trees Lounge in my hometown? :) Thanks for the link love just the same!

    FourthGradeNothing.com

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  10. I've seen him a lot, I like him a lot, and he scares me a lot. But is it a problem that my favorite role he's done is playing a chameleon-salamander in Monsters Inc.?

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  11. He was AWESOME on the Sopranos....

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  12. I think Stevie is an awesome and talented actor.
    I love him in comedy (Something About Mary, Wedding Singer)
    and great as a freaky killer (Fargo)

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  13. OMG, I was gonna say I LOVED him as Rockhound in Armageddon, but I thought I might be run off for saying that. I'm glad someone else beat me to the punch.

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  14. I think his role in Reservoir Dogs should be enough to carry him into the Good. I actually laughed my ass off at his role in Big Daddy.

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  15. Well dude, what do you expect, he doesnt tip?

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