March 22, 1996

Steve Buscemi: Gone Kaput

buscemiA few years back, a guy named Pete Bevin compiled a list of The Many Deaths of Steve Buscemi. Pete noted how often Steve's characters expire in the movies and TV. Pete's site is long gone, but I saved his mostly complete listing of Steve Buscemi: Gone Kaput (see bottom).
2011 is the Era Of The Supercut, where people with a DVD player and a lot of free time on their hands create YouTube montages of common scenes from movies and TV. Thanks to "dondrapersayswhat's" YouTube channel, a you can "enjoy" a selection of these (mostly gruesome) deaths by clicking play below!

  • Miller's Crossing ... Mink (shot in the face)
  • Desperado ... "Buscemi" (stabbed)
  • Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead ... Mister Shhh (shot)
  • Fargo ... Carl (wood chipper)
  • The Big Lebowski ... Donny (heart attack)
  • Monsters, Inc ... Randall (bludgeoned by redneck in trailer, maybe not killed)
  • The Sopranos ... Tony Blundetto (shotgun blast to the head)
  • The Island ... McCord (shot, topples over railing, crashes through glass in slow motion)
  • Domestic Disturbance ... Ray Coleman (stabbed)
  • The Grey Zone ... Abramowics (shot)
  • The Last Outlaw ... Philo (shot)
  • Twenty Bucks ... Frank (shot)
  • Rising Sun ... Willy 'the Weasel' Wilhelm
  • Reservoir Dogs ... Mr Pink (probably shot by police offscreen at the very end of the movie)
  • Billy Bathgate ... Irving
  • Barton Fink ... Chet (Assuming he goes up in flames with the hotel)
  • King of New York ... Test Tube
  • Lonesome Dove TV Series ... Luke (scalped)


fargoNear the end of the movie, Steve Buscemi has escsaped the botched parking garage drop-off with the ransom, but he's been shot in the face. On the way back to the cabin (where he left Peter Stormare to watch the kidnapped wife) he stops on the highway, climbs over a snowbank to a mile-long fence, and buries the ransom money in the snow. The he looks up and down the fenceline and realizes that he may not be able to find this spot again, so he sticks his (foot-long) trowel in the snowbank. At this point, I loudly laughed at the screen, thinking: "Is this his master plan? Does he really think this is going to work?" (Maine Mall Cinema)

March 17, 1996


The best talking-pig movie I've ever seen. Absolutely heartwarming. If you don't shed a tear at the end of this movie, check your pulse. An excellent first feature film for your kids. We first showed Babe to our son when he was 2 or 3, and he loved it. There's some peril here and there, but it's handled tenderly. One time while we were watching it, I wrote down all of James Cromwell's dialog as Farmer Hoggett; he had only 171 words of spoken dialogue, and 61 words that were sung.

March 14, 1996

Toy Story

toyIf Buzz Lightyear thinks he's a real spaceman, why does he play "dead" (i.e., like a toy) when people come in the room? Wouldn't he try and talk to the son or mother when they walk in?

March 10, 1996

The Birdcage

birdcageSharp performances, airtight script, and fast-paced.

Agador: Armand, why don't you let me be in the show? Are you afraid of my Guatemalan-ness?
Armand: Your what?
Agador: My Guatemalan-ness, my natural heat. You're afraid I'm too primitive to be on the stage with your little estrogen Rockettes, right?
Armand: You're right. I'm afraid of your heat.
(March 10th and July 12th, 1996)

March 3, 1996

Up Close and Personal

upcloseThere are some nice parts, but only parts. The performances and star power of Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Stockard Channing help salvage this movie. The original screenplay drafts were based on the life of NBC anchorwoman Jessica Savitch, whose star rose fast in TV journalism, until she died in a car accident at age 36. The final movie contained only fragments of the Savitch story.