Manzoni's Top 10 Reasons Why I'm a Good Guy

I wish all of you -- whomever you are, wherever you are -- 
a very happy new year -- and here's to dedicating ourselves
to realizing our potential in 2014!

I liked "The Family" despite its much-lamented unevenness, as the critics kept pointing out. The fact that the film swings from comedy to violence as bloody as anything seen in movies like Goodfellas seems to have confused some--disturbed, is more likely.

We all know how popular top 10 lists are this time of year; this one is as good as any.

Manzoni, a former Mafioso from the U.S., is hiding out in France (didn't know WitSec was allowed to stuff criminals into neighborhoods in other countries -- turns out they can't).

The film is based on a book written by a Frenchman about the U.S. mob. Only he seems to know the Sicilian mob a lot better; that is why the American Mafia in this film behaves more like its Sicilian brethren. But don't worry about that -- enjoy the clip.


Number five, for some reason I can't explain, I find hilarious; also of interest -- try to pick out the scene in which DeNiro is parodying himself playing Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas.

In fact, if you watch this film in its entirety, you get to watch Goodfellas with DeNiro -- it's just a lot of fun...

The Family (2013)

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

Director: Luc Besson

Writers: Luc Besson (screenplay), Michael Caleo(screenplay)

Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer...


  1. Thanks for the New Year shout out Ed.... It's been nice getting to know you a bit better... My best wishes to you and the Blog in the coming year.

    I've always enjoyed your articles.


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