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5 Shows After Dark: Is Nucky Buscemi's Scariest Role? Discuss.

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | September 16, 2012 | Comments ()


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"Rehab with Dr.Drew" on VH1 at 8:00pm ET. Series premiere. Apparently, Dr.Drew has decided the way to salvage his public image is to give up working with celebrities and work with regular people who are addicts. I don't think that was the problem. I think the problem was that putting someone's recovery from addiction on television is a little disconcerting, and the fact that he's kind of a pompous ass doesn't help that.

"Survivorman: Survivorman's Top Ten" on Discovery at 8:00pm ET.

"Behind the Music: Train" on VH1 at 9:00pm ET. Let's see if they talk about their recent songwriting technique of grabbing a bunch of those "magnetic poetry" pieces and throwing them at a fridge. Because if there is an explanation other than that for lyrics like "My heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest" and "Just a shy guy looking for a two-ply Hefty bag to hold my love" I don't want to hear it.

"Boardwalk Empire" on HBO at 9:00pm ET. Third season premiere.

"Weeds" on Showtime at 10:00pm ET. One hour series finale. Say goodbye to Nancy Botwin and crew. On the one hand it seems like this has run its course and is more than ready to be retired. On the other, this going off the air means Justin Kirk has time for that awful "Animal Practice" show.

Genevieve Burgess Is thrilled to have worthwhile television to write about again. At least for the moment.



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  • BierceAmbrose

    I love the shorts and arty pieces on Steve Buscemi's IMDB page, yet, every time I see him, I remember a short I can't find. The one I'm thinking of is a "slice of life" kind of thing and the first time I remember seeing - I am nearly, almost, completely certain - Rosario Dawson on film. Anybody remember a short with a young Buscemi playing a street guy working a semi-honest "I'm an artist, can I sketch you?" angle with Dawson the muse?

    What I remember is Buscemi's character, upon a chance encounter with a young Rosario Dawson, takes a terribly unlikely shot. The thing is he's both sincere and angling at the same time. When she says "yes" after a fashion, there follows a play of power, hope, desire, affection, regret, appreciation, permission, denial, boldness, tentativeness and limits, back at her place. It follows not a single cliche development on the way to an atypical ending. I was completely sucked in, and yes, this piece only works if the woman's a 10 and the guy ... not. That's part, but not all, of the point. It's a catalyst, but not the content.

    This piece feels to me like the porch scene in "Untamed Heat" with a lot of stuff going on in a few words, or like the apartment scenes with Redford and Dunaway in "Three Days of the Condor." Everything, every line and every movement, is working at least three different ways all at once. It's very compressed and constrained, with just two people in a room negotiating how they'll interact.

    I watched that short a little at first because Rosario Dawson is pretty. I'm shallow. Sue me. I got completely sucked in by the actrissin' which, in a weird way is one of the points of the piece. Buscemi's always been a character actor with a lead actor's charisma. It's nice to see him working as a lead, now. Whatever cheesecake or live action cartoon thing Rosario Dawson may do, I remember her as the woman in that short, and an actress with incredible chops. For them both, their pronounced surface attributes are both powerful, and impediments.

    I wish I could find that short to make absolutely certain it's Rosario Dawson in it, and of course to watch it again.

  • Lierb

    Wow. I wanna see that!

  • BierceAmbrose

    Yes, yes you do. I cannot get it out of my mind. If not shot in black and white it had a very subdued, blue / gray palette.

    Can. Not. Find. It. No idea of the title.

  • Chris

    Love in the Time of Money.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Thank you.

    I swear I looked for "Rosario Dawson" in all the likely ones in Buscemi's filmography on IMDB. There she is in this one.

    Well, it's gotta be buyable in some form.

    Thanks again.

  • Man I hate these fucking 'forced ensemble' photoshoots. They unnerve me something awful. All those different perspectives and sightlines! GAAAAAAAH

  • Aratweth

    Steve Buscemi isn't half as terrifying as Michael Shannon's Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire. When his creepy gets to be too much, I huddle, rock in a corner, and remember those halcyon days when Michael Shannon was a adorable teen getting schooled by Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Happier times, happier times....

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