Jan 262010
Authors: Johnny Hart

Let’s get things straight here people. After much heated, yet silly, debate in our expansive, luxurious Collegian newsroom, we’ve settled on the term “mob” for the column.

Mafia, apparently, only refers to Sicilian organized crime. No no, you Irish aren’t allowed. Or you Russians.

But for the sake of Top 5, and my sanity, we’ll just call it “mob.”

Trust me, it’s not worth the screeching across cubicles and crying underneath the row of mid-90s Macintosh computers just for one silly headline.

I’m still mad though.

But anyway –– deep breath –– this is one of my favorite topic suggestions, which you can e-mail to verve@collegian.com (high-five for the great plug Johnny).

Maybe, if you’re lucky, I might put your name in the paper if you send me a suggestion. But no promises.

1. ‘The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II’

Yes, clearly these are different movies. Don’t freak out, it’s going to be OK.

These go together under one sub-headline for a couple reasons. One, there’s an alarming amount of good mob/mafia movies. Two, they’re a continuation of the same plot.

You could make the case that Godfather: Part III should also be in this section, but then I could make the case that you’ve got sucky taste in movies.

If it weren’t for the constant reference to “I made him an offer he couldn’t refuse,” this movie would be perfect.


2. ‘The Departed’

More Martin Scorsese indeed.

This latest installment in the mobster genre, and one of Scorsese’s finest, brings a new flavor from the cheeseballness of the standard “Mickey Blue Eyes-type” movie.

A big plus, also, the movie single-handedly launched the career of the Boston band Dropkick Murphys –– a personal Johnny favorite.

The cast, though most die off by the end of the flick, is littered with A-list actors.

And hey, if you’re offended about the spoiler, you should’ve seen it. Those who haven’t, well, watch your backs because you might soon be sleepin’ with the fishes.

JK. I love you all.

3. ‘Goodfellas’

Eric Clapton never sounded so good. Well, actually, he always sounds good, but it’s especially nice when accompanying a montage of dead gangsters.

You’ve got all the standard mafia actors: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta, etc. etc.

Oh, and don’t forget about Scorsese again. Do we see a trend here with Scorsese flicks?

You know what trend we don’t see? A successful acting career for Liotta after the mid-’90s. Ouch.

4. ‘Road to Perdition’

This one’s a Top Five dark horse.

I would be hard pressed to find someone who’d instinctively list Road to Perdition on the list of best mafia movies.

Most people fit mafia flims into three categories: “The Godfather” generation, the “Goodfellas” generation or those old, smoky ‘50s flicks.

But this movie sneaks up with its cinematic excellence and acting genius. How dare they!?

And this is probably one of Paul Newman’s best films and definitely the last great one.

5. ‘The Boondock Saints’

Don’t hunt me down for this choice. Let me explain myself before you criticize.

Just because the protagonists in “The Boondock Saints” aren’t involved in the mafia, doesn’t mean it’s not a good flick.

It’s amazing this cult classic didn’t receive high acclaims among movie critics because, by observation, this movie’s one of our generation’s favorites.

“Name one thing you’re gonna need this stupid f**king rope for.” A badass gangster movie is what, Sean Patrick Flanery.

Honorable mentions
You know, I’m lazy, so I’m just going to list these ones.



“A Bronx Tale”

“Carlito’s Way”

“Donnie Brasco”

“The Untouchables”

“American Gangster”

These are here because I’m tired of all you people telling me how wrong I am when clearly I’m always right.

But constructive feedback is always welcome and appreciated (wink).


Entertainment Editor Johnny Hart was loved so much by the good people of CSU and Fort Collins that he’ll be writing this column weekly now on Wednesdays. Letters and feedback can be sent to verve@collegian.com.

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