The book: Originally released in 2016 under the title "I Heard You Paint Houses," Charles Brandt's true-crime saga tells the story of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a WWII veteran and hitman with ties to organized crime who claims to have killed labor leader Jimmy Hoffa. Rereleased with a title to match its onscreen counterpart, the book includes a new epilogue that aims to corroborate Sheeran's claims about Hoffa and the death of JFK.
The movie: Italian-American mob bosses and gangland killings collide with the mythology of 20th century America. Who else but Martin Scorsese could direct this movie? There's a sense the filmmaker is playing the hits here with nods to "Goodfellas" and a cast that includes Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro. But Scorsese is aiming for more contemplative territory with a script by Steve Zaillian. Now on Netflix with a 3 1/2 hour running time, "The Irishman" offers plenty to contemplate, including the film's use of digital technology to reverse the age of its veteran cast. It's already an Oscar favorite.