January 31, 2018

Max Allan Collins CAREER

Veteran writer Max Allan Collins has a career where he’s found himself firmly entrenched and very busy in three different mediums. As an author, he is best known for his Shamus Award-winning noir and crime fiction, and is perhaps most recognized for his Nathan Heller and Quarry series of books in addition to completing several unfinished manuscripts by the legendary Mickey Spillane, to critical acclaim. In the comic world, he’s best known for writing “Road to Perdition,” turned into the film by Sam Mendes, and that’s not his only venture into the movie biz, having directed a couple of low budget B pictures and more recently, having penned the book “Black Hats” that has Harrison Ford attached to star in the adaptation. As you can tell, his work crosses over frequently between mediums, and he always seemingly has a new project on the go.
In September and October, the every busy Collins had two new novels hit bookshelves from Hard Case Crime, a new story about hitman-for-hire Max Quarry in “Quarry’s Ex” and “The Consummata,” an unfinished Spillane work that the author took over the finish line. We recently had a chance to talk with
Collins and in addition to sharing his process on writing both books, he revealed that the long talked about “Road to Perdition” sequel is still happening—possibly as a directing vehicle for the writer himself—as well as dishing on a still unreleased documentary about “Dick Tracy,” a comic strip he at one time was writing, by none other than Warren Beatty.

A “Road To Perdition” Sequel Is Still In The Works & Will Focus On Michael Sullivan’s Post-WWII Quest To Avenge His Father
For years now talk has continued about a sequel to Sam Mendes’ excellent graphic novel adaptation, “Road to Perdition.” The film, starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman, followed a hitman who is forced to go on the run, bringing his young son on the road with him on a journey that takes them through the Midwest and into the sprawling metropolis of Chicago. Many have been eager to see the story of Michael Sullivan Jr. continue and while development has moved in fits and starts over the years, Collins confirms a sequel is still very much alive, but that it’s now a question about how to approach the second chapter of the story.
“I’ve got a screenplay that I wrote, and frankly what happened was for years…I was holding out to direct, and I just couldn’t get the job done. I couldn’t get anybody to let me do it. If you’re a guy like me who’s directed a half-million dollar movie and you say, ‘Yeah I’m up for doing [a] $25 million dollar movie,’ they look at you askance, as they say. I get that,” he explained. “Basically there’s two paths we’ve been going down, one is to do it as a big-budget movie and I would not be the director and the other would be to do it as more of an independent film in the $5-8 million dollar range in which case I might get to direct it. So this is still very much in the works.”
The followup will fast forward the narrative a bit, catching up with an older Michael Sullivan Jr. after World War II. “It’s ten years later and the basic idea is the son has gone to the early days [of] war and basically become an Audie Murphy kind of figure, he is literally the first Medal of Honor winner of World War II. And he comes back, he’s wounded and comes home, and was raised by an Italian family. No one knows who he really is. He was adopted and he becomes a hero within the Italian-American community in the Chicago area,” Collins elaborates. “And so he uses this to go undercover, basically, to work for Frank Nitti to put himself into a position to take vengeance for his father’s death. And there’s a novel sequel to that called “Road to Paradise,” [book two in the “On the Road to Perdition” series is called “Road to Purgatory”] and in November the last book in the saga [book 4] comes out—as a graphic novel again—called ‘Return to Perdition’ and that takes us clear up into the early 1970s. And we’re dealing by the third book…with the grandson of the character that was played by Tom Hanks.”
So there’s a script ready to go for the story, which is certainly epic in scope, but the question remains is if it will ever get off the ground.

Warren Beatty Has Made A “Dick Tracy” Documentary Where He Plays The Comic Hero In Character
The saga of Warren Beatty and “Dick Tracy” is a lengthy one, but it goes something like this: Beatty was given motion picture and television rights to the comic property 26 years ago, but under the stipulation that he would continue to develop projects featuring the yellow-coated detective. After the release of the movie in 1990, Beatty and Tribune Company got into a fierce battle over the rights, with the latter arguing that the writer/actor/director was not following through on his obligations to the franchise. A court battle ensued and when the dust settled earlier this year Beatty came out victorious. During the court battle he revealed that he had been working on a television project to air onTurner Classic Movies, and while it has yet to be seen, it proved that he wasn’t sitting idle on the comic. Moreover, Beatty promised, now that the court case was settled, a “major Dick Tracy project” was going to be on the way.
Collins is deeply familiar with Beatty, the “Dick Tracy” film and the comic in general. He served as a consultant on Beatty’s film and even wrote the novelization, a process that helped iron out some of the story problems while they were making the movie. “With the novelization, I had a lot of problems with Disney and even Warren Beatty’s people and then ultimately the producer of the film took me aside and said that I had solved a bunch of problems in the novelization that they had gone in and fixed,” Collins shared. “They even reshot a scene…actually, the other producer called me and he was looking at the novelization and he asked me, ‘Why did you change this scene where Tess Trueheart’s mother is being extremely critical of Dick Tracy and telling her daughter she’s glad she finally broke up with that guy?’ And I said, ‘Well I changed that because Dick Tracy joined the force to catch the guy who killed Mrs. Trueheart’s husband and Mrs. Trueheart loves Dick Tracy, she would never do that.’ And there’s this long pause…‘Oh.’ And the next thing I know, they’ve rewritten the scene and brought Estelle Parsons back in and shot it over.”
And while he hasn’t talked to Beatty in years about a possible sequel—“I haven’t, but I’d actually love to be [involved]. I met Warren Beatty at the time, and he said to me, ‘You’re going to be hearing from me one of these days!’ Well, I’m kind of still waiting [Laughs],” Collins said—apparently, Beatty has been putting together a documentary on Dick Tracy but one with a very interesting twist.
Leonard Maltin is actually a good friend of mine, and Leonard told me how Beatty came and they shot an interview with Beatty staying in character as Dick Tracy. It was all scripted by Beatty I understand. I don’t believe this has ever been shown yet, but there is this special on Dick Tracy—and on sort of the history of Dick Tracy—and with Beatty playing Dick Tracy, with Leonard Maltin interviewing him,” Collins revealed, adding, “He did it several years ago and that’s how he was able to go in and say, ‘No, I did another Dick Tracy project.’ And my understanding is that’s how he was able to prevail.”
That sounds kind of amazing, so let’s hope that eventually sees the light of the day.

Max Allan Collins’ Own Moviemaking Experiences Helped Inform The Setting Of “Quarry’s Ex”
What many new readers to Max Allan Collins may not know is that “Quarry’s Ex” is not only a return to a character—the hitman for hire Max Quarry—that he first created and published over three decades ago, he’s also picking up a series that he handed off a few years ago as well. “When ‘Hard Case Crime’ started up a few years ago, Charles Ardai asked me for a new Quarry novel, and so I wrote a novel called ‘The Last Quarry’ which was intended to basically finish the series,” Collins explains. “That was pretty much contemporary, meant to be that many years later—Quarry was pretty young in the early books, and now he was a guy in his ‘50s—and the book did unexpectedly well.”
So well in fact, that “Quarry’s Ex” marks the third novel written after the “end.” But instead of reviving the character, Collins instead has created new stories that fill in the gaps between the timeline established between “The Broker,” published in 1976, and “The Last Quarry” in 2008. As the director of a couple of low budget indies—“Mommy” and its sequel “Mommy’s Day”—and of course, due to his adventures getting his various works turned into movies, Collins is more than familiar with the movie world and it proved to be ample setting for his story that finds Max Quarry in the Las Vegas desert unraveling a mystery involving a movie director making a cult flick.
“So basically what I’ve done [is] filled in what happened to him between the last book I published and then there was a book I published in the ‘80s. So that gives me the parameters of where I can operate…I just sort of picked periods that I though might be of interest, might be a good setting for Quarry,” Collins told us. “This is in fact the ‘80s, sort of Reagan era, and I’m very interested in the film, and I’ve done some low budget independent filmmaking myself, so I thought it would be fun to tap into that world as the setting.”
“I knew how that world works, and I thought it was fun to just sort of plop Quarry down in the middle of a B-movie, sort of a motorcycle movie. I thought that would be fun, and it was [Laughs].”

Max Allan Collins Is Not A Purist When It Comes To Working With Mickey Spillane’s Manuscripts
As any fan of noir or pulp fiction knows, Mickey Spillane is one of the giants of the genre. His creation of private detective Mike Hammer is one of the great characters of all time, and has influenced countless writers since, but there is a trove of rough drafts and unfinished manuscripts that reveal the author had more to say. And Collins more than anybody is intimately familiar with what Spillane left behind, and in the past few years, has taken a handful of writer’s works over the finish, completing them as new novels. “I have this unique relationship with the Spillane estate because Mickey essentially in his last days asked me to do this,” he said. “And knew he had a lot of unfinished material there that had commercial worth, and looking to making a living for his wife, he called me in and essentially gave me carte blanche to work on this stuff.”
The resulting books which have included “The Big Bang,” “The Goliath Bone” and “Kiss Her Goodbye” have all been met with positive reviews. But his latest, “The Consummata” has a trickier backstory. It was started by Spillane as a sequel to “The Delta Factor,” in which he introduced a new character, the James Bond-esque CIA agent Morgan The Raider. A forgettable movie adaptation was produced in 1970 and seeing as there was no more incentive to keep writing books for the character, Spillane put it to the side. Well, Collins completed the novel and we asked him how his approach differs when he’s taking on material started by somebody like Spillane.
“These manuscripts which are substantial manuscripts—they tend to be 20,000 to 30,000 words long, and the ultimate book is going to be 60,000 to 75,000 words long—I always look at where they fall in his career, when he worked on it,” Collins said. “And then I look at the books he wrote immediately before that and the books he wrote immediately after that and I really study them for style. And I go through with a marker like I’m preparing for a college exam and just really get it to where I feel like I’m immersed in his voice from that particular period.”
But if you think Collins just throws the text into a word processor, and then writes around Spillane’s words in order to preserve everything he first put down, you may be surprised. “The other aspect of this, and I know this probably would make a purist wince but, I do not just plop Mickey’s third of the book down and pick up where he left off. I view it as unpublished material, I view it as rough draft, I try to expand it and extend it, do new scenes within what he has setup, so that I create a joint voice, a collaborative voice,” he explained. “I try not to do just sort of pastiche, I try to make it feel like this is a book we wrote together, that’s my attitude. By doing that, it extends his material two-thirds of the way into the book, which means there’s genuine Spillane content, very deep into the novel. And then when I take over, I’m so immersed myself in that voice, I’m able to maintain it and readers [can’t tell the difference].”
“I stick with the characters that he’s presented, I stick with the plot threads, the things he’s set in motion. I do not impose something new, I do not bring new characters in,” he adds. “If I bring in a new character in it’s going to be something he mentioned who was off stage…I make sure that everything I do flows out of and completes everything he wrote.”
It sounds like a balanced approach, and having read the book ourselves, the goal is met of having one unified voice delivering the world Spillane created. Both “Quarry’s Ex” and “The Consummata” are in stores now.

  • Tom Hanks as Michael Sullivan, Sr.
  • Tyler Hoechlin as Michael Sullivan, Jr.
  • Paul Newman as John Rooney
  • Jude Law as Harlen Maguire
  • Daniel Craig as Connor Rooney
  • Stanley Tucci as Frank Nitti
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Annie Sullivan
  • Liam Aiken as Peter Sullivan
  • Dylan Baker as Alexander Rance
  • Ciarán Hinds as Finn McGovern

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

 $22,079,481, 14 July 2002Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


Sporting a terrific ensemble cast, stunning cinematography and an intriguing insight into fatherhood amidst the chaos of the mob, Sam Mendes' crime drama manages to explore familiar themes in a fresh and emotionally resonant fashion.

Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, & Daniel Craig. Sam Mendes, the director of "American Beauty". Game over everyone. lol, too bad this is one of the most cliche mafia movies I've ever seen, but it executes it with high production values, an excellent screenplay, and cinematography that is done to a perfection that makes the familiar feel fresh. One thing to note is that there is a particular scene in "Road to Perdition" that is one of the most incredible scenes I've ever seen in cinema history. "Road to Perdition" may feel familiar at times, but it takes the familiar and perfects it.

Enforcer Tom Hanks is forced to go on the run when his son witnesses a mob hit in his gloriously photographed gangster related road movie from Sam Mendes. In fact little about the film can be faulted technically; all the performances are first rate, it looks absolutely gorgeous and the score is haunting and beautiful. The brief explosions of violence counterpoint the warmth of the father-son relationship well and Mendes' particular brand of visual elegance is particularly pleasing. In fact it's hard to believe that the film is an adaptation of a comic book as it all feels very adult, preferring to explore the characters and their relationships to the kind of comic strip violence you'd usually associate with the genre, which makes for an unusually moving story considering the story revolves around Tommy gun toting gangsters. A refreshingly different take on the crime thriller.

"Road to Perdition" is like a Greek tragedy, dealing out remorseless fates for all the characters. Some tragedies, like "Hamlet," are exhilarating, because we have little idea how quirks of character will bring about the final doom. But the impact of Greek tragedy seems muted to me, because it's preordained. Since "Road to Perdition" is in that tradition, it loses something. It has been compared to "The Godfather," but "The Godfather" was about characters with free will, and here the characters seem to be performing actions already long since inscribed in the books of their lives.

At first, I had never heard of this movie until just last year. And after watching it for the first time ever, I got to say, this was magnificently triumphant in everyway possible. I just don't understand why I had never heard of this movie before. This movie truly is underrated. Anyway, this movie has some tremendous acting from Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman, etc. But I was really surprised to see Daniel Craig (James Bond). He was fantastic playing Connor Rooney. Plus, I never really say this about a movie, but it really has some tremendous cinematography. Conrad L. Hall really knows how to get the perfect shots. Also, the storyline is exciting and captivating. It really keeps you interesting. Finally I have to say that Thomas Newman's original score is breathtaking. I mean, he's done some amazing music for other movies such as "Shawshank Redemption", "Finding Nemo", "WALL-E" and even "Green Mile". He really knows how to set the tone of the story. Overall, it's a fantastic gangster movie that needs to be more well known.

Hanks - hunkered down in a heavy skin with a threadbare moustache and the rigid posture of moral deep-freeze - works hard not to force things. Neither hero nor anti-hero, for the audience it proves too taxing to shake the notion that this is Forrest Gump doing his best Clint Eastwood. Amoral? Ambiguous? Evil? Too big a leap.
Newman, meanwhile, is electrifying. Coating Rooney in dead eyes and a soft smile, his conflation of the jovial grandfather with flints of absolute darkness is a performance that chimes with (and betters) Brandon's Don Corleone. His is the crowning speech, power's inevitable corruption writ heavy across his soul: 'This is the life we chose... And there is only one guarantee: none of us will see heaven'.
When he and Sullivan finally cross swords, Mendes pulls out a moment of transcendent cinema: a speechless sequence washed in the film's signature downpour, lit to throw Tommy guns and fedoras into stark silhouettes - you watch agape as simple celluloid transforms into poetry. Mendes has the eye, if not yet the ear, to be amongst the greats he honours so much. The luxury is that this is only film two.
Peter Sullivan: Why are you always smiling?
Connor Rooney: 'Cause it's all so fuckin' hysterical.

Michael Sullivan, Jr.[after seeing his father kill someone] Does Mama know?
Michael Sullivan: Your mother knows I love Mr. Rooney. When we had nothing, he gave us a home... a life... and we owe him.

Connor Rooney: I can look after myself.
Frank Nitti: No, you can't! This is the point. You're a big baby who doesn't know his thumb from his dick!

Michael Sullivan: You gonna frisk me?
Frank the Bouncer: Should I?
Michael Sullivan: It's a good idea.

Harlen Maguire[after Maguire tells Sullivan about his profession] You ever seen one?
Michael Sullivan: Yeah.
Harlen Maguire: Sorry for you. Terrible thing... but it sure makes you feel alive, don't it?
Michael Sullivan: I'll drink to that.
Perdition means hell, and Catholicism is avowedly an important part of the story. One of the sharpest moments comes when Mike tells his son that in an emergency he should contact the local Methodist minister, and not the priest - up to his neck, it's implied, in gangland connections. But when, in the final reel, Rooney tells Mike, "None of us will see heaven," you know no one in this lenient movie really believes that. Lovable Hanks and Newman, roasting in everlasting torment? Puh-lease.
When this was screened at the Venice film festival last month, there were some jeers and cat-calls: some in the audience found it sentimental, particularly the sugary final line; a small rump, it is rumoured, disdained these Irish hoodlums and thought the Italian Mafia the best in the world.
But the main charge was glamorising organised crime. I don't think it does, any more than any other film on the subject (I except Abel Ferrara's The Funeral, in which the idea of gangsters going to hell is taken very seriously indeed). Road to Perdition is probably too detached, too self-consciously artefactual to glamorise anything very much. But in lots of ways that matter, this has been another terrifically confident achievement from Sam Mendes; the challenge will be to move on to simpler, less grandiloquent material on a more plausibly human scale.
ROAD TO PERDITION centers on Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), a tough hit man in 1931 Chicago, whose loyalty and sense of duty keep him working for John Rooney (Paul Newman), a friendly but firm Irish mob boss . Rooney treats Sullivan like a son. Sullivan keeps his family out of his work, but when his curious son Michael, Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) sees something he isn't supposed to see, Rooney's jealous and paranoid son Connor (Daniel Craig) tries to make sure he doesn't talk by killing Sullivan's wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and youngest son (Liam Aiken) but missing Michael Jr. Sullivan sets out on a road trip with his surviving son as he seeks vengeance Connor and tries to avoid his former affiliates. Along the way he robs banks while his son drives the getaway car. To make matters worse, there is a sadistic, despicable man who photographs murder scenes (Jude Law) on Sullivan's trail, and he's willing to assist the murder process to get a good shot. Adventures ensue, and the Sullivans meet many people and go many places with mixed results until the film's inevitable conclusion.
Just a few minutes into this Depression-era crime drama with the fancy-pants title of Road to Perdition, my heart sank. It seemed dour, draggy, in love with its own somber look. Worse, it began with narration, a lazy device. A motherless twelve-year-old boy, Michael Sullivan Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin), stands by a lake, telling us about his father and the bloody road trip that brought them to Perdition — a real town in Illinois and also a metaphor for hell. Ain't that literary? And get this: Michael Sr., a hit man for the Irish mob in Chicago, is played by Tom Hanks with a thin mustache and the fixed stare of a beloved star out to slime his tidy image. Know what? As the plot began to unroll in flashback, my resistance evaporated. Road to Perdition has the juice to get its hooks into you, knock you off balance and keep you that way for two hours. It's a triumph for director Sam Mendes, 32, the Brit theater wiz who hit the Oscar jackpot first time out with 1999's American Beauty. The passion and precision of his Road work is staggering.
Mendes and screenwriter David Self (Thirteen Days) have taken the film's source material — a graphic novel by Max Allen Collins with illustrations by Richard Piers Rayner — and added their own vivid brush strokes to reveal something elemental about fathers and sons and the bloodlust that seems hard-wired into the American character. Because of the mob angle, Road will suffer comparisons to The GodfatherGoodFellas and The Sopranos. But the film is closer in spirit to the spare complexity of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, a western that is almost Greek in its mythic sense of fate and fury.
Hanks is quietly devastating as the emotionally closed-off Sullivan, playing this enforcer in a suit, tie and starched shirt like a gathering storm. We sense his devotion to John Rooney (Paul Newman), the mob kingpin who took him in and treated him like a son. "So who has a hug for a lonely old man?" asks Rooney, wrapping a familial arm around Sullivan, his wife Annie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and their two sons, Michael Jr. and Peter (Liam Aiken). We can't help noticing Rooney's flashing blue eyes, able to switch in a snap from warmth to ice. It's a thrill to watch Newman, 77, rip into his role. The man is a dynamo, whether Rooney is ordering a hit or playing a piano duet with Sullivan. Hanks and Newman act together with the confidence of titans, their talents in the service of character, never star ego. They are indisputably great, especially when Sullivan and Rooney turn against one another.
Without revealing the many twists in this Road, the story surges on a revenge tragedy sparked by Rooney's blood son Connor (a shockingly good turn from British actor Daniel Craig). Connor strongly resents his father for the affection he shows Sullivan. When Michael Jr. — hiding in a car trunk — catches his father and Connor gunning down a man, it's Connor who plants the seed on how to silence Michael Jr. and the Sullivan family. Sullivan and son are suddenly on the run to Chicago, futilely seeking aid from Al Capone lieutenant Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci) and then dodging the assassin Maguire (Jude Law), who doubles as a crime photographer. Maguire likes clicking the shutter just as a victim dies. In a film loaded with Oscar-worthy performances, Law — deglammed with thinning hair, sallow skin and rotting teeth — electrifies as perversity incarnate. Filmed in a harsh winter of rain, snow and chilling darkness, Road will be long remembered for the artistry of cinematographer Conrad Hall. There are breathtaking scenes of shootouts and bank robberies, complimented by Thomas Newman's evocative score. But it's on the personal level that Road cuts deepest. "We are all murderers in this room," says Rooney to Sullivan. Even the last words we hear — "He was my father" — evoke feelings too complicated for tears. Like all films that count for something, this stunner gets under your skin. Put Road on the short list for Best Movie of 2002.
Director Sam Mendes's much-anticipated follow-up to his Academy Award®-winning American Beauty found him exploring the period gangster film--but with a moral fiber and undercurrent of family tragedy familiar from his Oscar® triumph. As he did with Beauty, Mendes again wisely entrusts the film's music to Tom Newman, a composer with an instinctive knack for getting inside a film's characters via innovative and often orthodox methods. As many of Newman's preceding scores have been rhythmically driven and rife with improvisation-driven experimentalism, its good to hear his equally distinctive writing for orchestra largely take center stage here again. But Newman's inquisitive musical instincts can't be denied, and his melancholy string writing is leavened first with subtle uilleann pipe flourishes that echo the characters' Irish-American roots, then with savory, yet ever-restrained touches of his own ethnic-defying instrumental color and rhythmic accents. It's another moody and introspective gem, seasoned with some lively period jazz (courtesy of the Charleston ChasersFletcher Henderson and his Orchestra, and Chicago Rhythm Kings) and a warm, final surprise: a duet of John M. Williams's autumnal title track performed by none other than stars Tom Hanks and Paul Newman.
Like the movie, the book has its own comix origins. "Lone Wolf and Cub," the seminal late-1960s Japanese comic series about a wandering Samurai and his child has been brilliantly transplanted by Collins to the American gangster genre. Compared to his character in the film, O'Sullivan Sr. has many more scenes of ruthless killing. He comes off as a one-man army, using a multitude of weapons to rampage through dozens of men at a time. At one point he rides down the banister of Capone's hotel firing off rounds from both hands. While it would be a stretch to see Tom Hanks' somber, journeyman character pulling off such a stunt, the comix version has a more exaggerated tone appropriate to its milieu. The movie and book take from the tropes of their respective mediums. Where cinematographer Conrad L. Hall evokes the dark tones of "The Godfather," English illustrator Richard Rayner's black and white drawings come right out of the illustrated pulp novels.
The basis for the major motion picture, ROAD TO PERDITION is an enthralling crime noir story of revenge, morality and family loyalty. Michael OSullivan is a deeply religious family man who works as an Irish mob familys chief enforcer. But after his elder son witnesses one of his fathers hits, the godfather orders the death of OSullivans entire family. Barely surviving an encounter that takes his wife and younger son, OSullivan and his remaining child embark on a dark and violent mission of retribution against his former boss. Featuring accurate portrayals of Al Capone, Frank Nitti and Eliot Ness, this book offers a poignant look at the relationship between a morally-conflicted father and his adolescent son who both fears and worships him.
It is said that Al Capone did not interfere with Looney’s "business" interests. But other gangsters did.
On 6 October 1922, John and Connor Looney were ambushed in front of Rock Island’s Sherman Hotel. Connor was killed in the shoot-out. Soon thereafter, Looney’s brothels and saloons were shut down and his stills destroyed.
Things would get worse for him, however. He was convicted of murder in 1925 and sentenced to 14 years. He was released from prison nine years later, at age 68.
Sam Mendes' film Road to Perdition refers to the name of a town: Perdition, Michigan. Though Perdition will ostensibly be a place of solace and safety for the Sullivans, a father and son who are running from the mob, the name of the town is ironically misleading. In the context of Christian theology, perdition refers to hell. Throughout the film, Mendes uses Catholic allusions to ironically emphasize the disparity between the characters’ surface religious devotion and their hidden dark agendas. Whether it's the mob meeting that takes place in a church or the gangsters' supposed piety, Mendes' film is filled with moments that juxtapose the façade of faith with the underbelly of sin and violence.
Why is "America's most beloved actor" hated by the Academy?: Perhaps bemoaning the fate of a rich, famous, successful, entitled white man is not the way to go in this time of #TimesUp and #MeToo, but what does Tom Hanks need to do to land some Oscar love? It was not ever thus, however. Hanks is a two-time best actor winner, in consecutive years, no less. But that was 23 years ago. Something clearly happened along the way. He only received two more nominations since, the last one being in 2001 for "Castaway." You can argue with the merits of his performances in the following films, but that's right, that means he was unrecognized for "Road to Perdition," "Catch Me If You Can," "The Terminal," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Captain Phillips" — that one was a true snub — "Bridge of Spies," and now "The Post."

Tom Hanks

Tom, 61, is an American actor and filmmaker.
He is known for his comedy and dramatic roles in films like Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Apollo 13 (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), The Polar Express (2004), Larry Crowne (2011), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), and Sully (2016).
He is also known for starring in the Robert Langdon film series, and for his voice work as Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series.
Gassner studied architecture but was enamoured with film. He moved to L.A. to pursue his dream and his first gig was a doozy: as an assistant production designer on "Apocalypse Now."
From there, he racked up dozens more credits, including Oscar nominations for his work on "Into the Woods," "The Golden Compass," "Road to Perdition," "Barton Fink," and "Bugsy," which he won.
Gassner said "Blade Runner 2049" was an especially tough project.
"Everybody felt a huge weight on their shoulder," he said.
"We must not forget that it was a massive challenge and very arrogant to want to try to do a followup to the first movie and I think we did. Everybody gave their best."
Directed by Sam Mendes, Road of Perdition is probably Hanks' most underrated movie. A period-crime drama, Road of Perdition tells the story of a man who must choose between saving his son or being loyal to his longtime boss and father figure. Hanks starred as the 'bad guy' in the movie
I must also mention the movie's last ten or so minutes, which is the most beautiful rainy sequence on film since Road to Perdition, which had me hooked. This is a movie that could so easily have stumbled over its own premise, becoming too sentimental or not creating the necessary atmosphere for viewers
The road to perdition might be paved with good intentions, but sometimes the opposite is also true. "Pennies" consists of four scenes from a side-street in NYC's financial district wherein people find coins that drastically effect their lives. But is it magic or malice?
Not all reporters are sugar and spice and all things nice—remember Jude Law's reptilian Harlen Maguire, who is an assassin and crime scene photographer in Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition? Law was also creepily competent as conspiracy theorist and blogger Alan Krumwiede in Contagion
Nearly half of us marched behind him, fanatically, on the road to perdition, like it was our favorite football team charging through a playoff run. Nearly half were willing to abandon their party's values, American values, and common decency as if it was their only chance at a bit part in a reality TV show
And yet there are Catholics who eagerly and blithely throw grace to wind and embark upon the long, slippery Road to Perdition just for the sake of telling their friends they own a relic of a saint. As a journalist for the Catholic press, I've met priests and bishops with extensive and impressive relic collection
Led by bestselling mystery writer Collins (Road to Perdition), Crusin' continues to present its engaging mix of classic rock and their own '60s-style originals. The current line-up includes Collins and longtime Crusin' members, drummer Steve Kundel and bassist Brian Van Winkle, with recent addition guitarist
On this week's episode of Shot by Shot, the official cinematography podcast of One Perfect Shot and Film School Rejects, we're talking about the final film of one of the most respected cinematographers in the history of the field. The film is Road to Perdition, and the cinematographer is three-time Oscar
Were you active when "The Road to Perdition" (shot in 2001, released in 2002) was filmed in downtown Momence? My main contribution was to watch it. I still get a kick seeing it and recognizing the storefronts. Momence is in the spotlight again. "Mysteries of the Museum" on the Travel Channel
While the basic plot came from Spillane, this story is written by his protege, Max Allan Collins, an Oscar-nominated writer himself (for Road to Perdition, based on Collins' graphic novel) and the heir to Spillane's legacy. Collins, a lifelong mystery buff and author of the Dick Tracy comic strip for 16 years
We're nearing the 15th anniversary of the release of "Road to Perdition," the underrated gangster drama featuring not only a typically stellar performance by Tom Hanks, but also a typically gorgeous Michigan lakeshore backdrop. Although a majority of the film shot in Illinois - the story is set in 1930s 
Given this happy premise, Black Mirror's creator Charlie Brooker has usually taken the series on a road to perdition, even if it's more technological than biblical. There are way too many villains and very few heroes in the show's universe, which is probably why the odd episode like 2016's San Junipero
The Yankees have reached a point in their season where the team can not only move into first place in the AL East this week, but they can also send the Red Sox on their way down the Road To Perdition and eternal hell. The Yankees, on the strength of winning four of six games against the Tigers
Like every other business, the pesticide industry rewards retailers for increased sales, but greater pesticide sales are leading farmers on the road to perdition. The use of imported, untested pesticides and unregistered technical procedures could be a reason for the farmer deaths in Maharashtra.
Before I travelled far on the road to perdition, He saved me and changed my life forever. When I decided to go to the university, I did not really know what that would entail. My father was out of the country at that time, trying to find his feet in a strange land and my mother was a Grade Two teacher.
That's the story of a road to perdition. Roscoe Tanner lived his own way, lost in his way. He won a Slam, but less than his serve, then the quickest in tennis history, suggested. Then, he had five children from four different women, lost millions of dollars and his freedom.
Some days you really have to dig to find that nugget of gold in the TV schedules and here in Sam Mendes' Depression-era crime thriller, we have a perfect example. Hidden away on Sony Movies (Channel 323 on Sky), Road to Perdition is a masterfully shot production that leaves you feeling the grubbiness
1998 Michael Bay blockbuster Armageddon, starring Bruce Willis as Self-Sacrificing Father, Ben Affleck as Oil Driller #2, Billy Bob Thorton as NASA, Liv Tyler as Worry, and Murderous Asteroid as Itself. Then, they take a more somber turn to the 2002 crime drama Road to Perdition

Wait, the new Superman in Supergirl was Tom Hanks's kid in Road to Perdition .... Road to Perdition was released back in 2002, and was an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name directed by Sam Mendes, also starring Paul Newman (and it was rather beautiful, so make sure you watch
“Look, I played an executioner in a movie. Then the journalist says, 'Yeah, but you were a nice executioner.' It wasn't fun to play a guy whose job it is to put everybody to death. In Road to Perdition, I played a guy who shot people in the head. And you know what they say?
Yet if Donald Trump's words about the violent white extremist mobilisation in Virginia on Saturday – which an under-pressure White House was desperately trying to clarify on Sunday – are an expression of its soul, America may be on the road to perdition.
Her overseas credits include Sam Mendes's Road to Perdition and Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth, the film that gave Cate Blanchett her international breakthrough. She takes on projects for a range of reasons, one of them being that she likes a challenge. The script can be a factor, she says, but it's not enough.
At its most earnestly overwrought, this plays like a B-movie remake of Road toPerdition, with Ed Harris stepping into Paul Newman's shoes in gravelly discussions about “the life”. For the most part, however, it's a film about Neeson punching and shooting people while looking a bit bedraggled and a touch
And now, Jay Elec is back with a new song called “Road To Perdition,” which has dense verses, a tremendous drum lope, and a sample of Jay Elec's patron and sometime rapping partner Jay Z. The release apparently wasn't planned. On Twitter, Jay Elec says
Two sequels to the fantastic and woefully underrated 2002 Tom Hanks film Road to Perdition were announced way back in 2008, and then nothing ever seemed to come of it. It should have been easy to get done. The original movie made a $181 million worldwide and only cost $80 million to make.
Last night a never-before-heard cut allegedly off Jay Electronica's mythological Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn) hit the web, and this morning he blessed us with the CDQ stream. Titled "Road to Perdition," it features Jay-Z ad-libs (that are actually recycled from "Success")
After spending a few years of exploring James Bond's personal demons, director Sam Mendes is considering adding another comic book adaptation to his filmography with My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. The director, who previously adapted Road to Perdition for the big screen
Think Saving Private Ryan, The Road to Perdition or Forrest Gump. Yes, I did just name three Tom Hanks movies. And that's the hope for Dunkirk, a sprawling and (now) critically-acclaimed World War II thriller that hopes to make its mark alongside the more conventional summer releases. 
If spending a Saturday morning at an Apple store with a family member is your idea of Hell, then playing tech support for your relatives while you're home for the holidays is probably a lengthy stretch of the road to perdition
Jay Electronica surprise released the new song "Road to Perdition" featuring a sample from Jay Z. Credit: Paras Griffin/Getty; Mike Pont/Getty. By Ryan Reed. March 6, 2015. More News. Jay Z Blocked in Bid for Streaming Company Jay Electronica Signs With Jay-Z Jay Z Teams Up With Jay Electronica for 'We Made It
Laced with garish dialogue and more over- and underacting than a summer stock production of King Lear, Gangster Land doesn't leave anything to subtlety. One could argue that there is little call for it. After all, the subgenre of Chicago-era Prohibition flicks, from the original Scarface to Road to Perdition
Fifteen years ago, Hanks starring in the adaptation of well-regarded or well-known source material — like Road to Perdition or The Green Mile — was a guaranteed $100 million return, quality be damned. But things have changed at the movies, radically. 
Lightworks has been used to create films including The King's Speed and Road to Perdition, and EditShare has just won a 2017 Emmy for Technology and Engineering for its work in pioneering post-processing. The offer applies to a monthly license, not a subscription or recurring payment
Your (next) one for the road might just be your final road to perdition. Business come, business go, young startups only want to grow. Land grab here, land grab there, spending investor's money, nobody cares. Losing left, losing right, do up the numbers to make it right.
Collins, the author of such classics as “Road to Perdition,” certainly fits that distinction. “The Mystery Writers of America is the primary professional group of mystery and suspense writers, and getting its lifetime achievement award, the Grand Master 'Edgar,' is about as good as it gets,” Collins said.
Titan Comics and Hard Case Crime have announced that Road to Perdition author Max Allan Collins' Quarry franchise it coming to comics with the ... one of my mystery series from prose to graphic novels, though I've made the opposite trip with Road to Perdition,” said Quarry writer Max Allan Collins.
British director Sam Mendes won an Academy Award for his first film, American Beauty, released in 1999. His second film, Road to Perdition, came out three years later. Mendes once again relied on the assistance of cinematographer Conrad L. Hall and composer Thomas Newman to create another stylized look

He followed the wartime drama with starring turns in A.I. Artifical Intelligence (2001), Road to Perdition (2002), and Cold Mountain (2003), for which he recieved Golden Globe and Academy Award Best Actor nominations for his portrayal of Confederate deserter Inman. The Civil War epic tells the story 

“He's a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that's what this campaign's all about.” That McCain was obliterated Tuesday. I now see him for what, sadly, he is: a Republican comfort station on the road to perdition.

In this perfectly timed #tbt from the E! News vault, a scruffy-faced Craig dished all about his experience shooting 2002's Road to Perdition, which he starred in when he was 34 years old and the role of James Bond was barely a glimmer in his eye. While the blockbuster action star 

Road to Perdition, (the underrated!) Jarhead, (the shrug-worthy!) Revolutionary Road, and (the very nice!) Away We Go. However, he reinvented himself as a maker of exceptional studio fare with Skyfall, one of the best Bond films, before stumbling a bit with Spectre, one of the more forgettable Bond films.
Scott Hecker, a veteran sound editor whose credits include Back to the Future, Road to Perdition, and multiple collaborations with Zack Snyder, including 300, Sucker Punch, and Man of Steel, calls Justice League “the most challenging film I've worked on, both creatively and logistically.”

"With my own eyes, I have seen old people and other beneficiaries of the social cash transfer programme fritter away their money on bonanza and the slots. "Gambling wont drive the Zambian economy. It is a vice that has the capacity to ruin families and lead whole communities down the road to perdition.

Two sequels are in the works to the acclaimed 2002 graphic novel adaptation Road to Perdition, which starred Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Jude Law, and the late Paul Newman and was directed by Sam Mendes. An announcement picked up The Hollywood News and MTV reveals
"If it's an ambient tone, you don't question it," says Newman, who took the same approach when he scored 2002's Road to Perdition, which was set in 1931. However, if the instrumentation "takes on something that points too contemporary, your ear will reject it and you don't use it," he says. 

It also marks Collins' return to comics; the novelist's previous comic book projects include the first post-Frank Miller Batman issues and the Road to Perdition graphic novel that inspired the 2002 Sam Mendes movie. Quarry's War follows last year's eight-episode Cinemax adaptation of the character. 

When you look back at his brilliant career, Road To Perdition, Munich, Layer Cake, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, there's not a lot of room for comedy. And to discover that Daniel Craig is not only a master of comedic timing, but to rediscover Daniel Craig, Character Actor

After this, the bigger parts started coming in, including Road to Perdition (2002) Layer Cake (2004) and Munich (2005). But Daniel really hit superstardom when he was cast as James Bond in 2005, replacing Pierce Brosnan. He has played 007 in Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

Here's a vote for “Road to Perdition,” the 2002 crime masterpiece that has just arrived on Blu-ray for the first time and looks fantastic in the format. The movie presents a grim tribal tale of fathers and sons in the Irish gangland of Depression-era Chicago and the cast is outstanding. 
(It's the first movie since Road to Perdition that legitimately made me feel bad for other cinematographers.) And the aggressiveness of the sound design – particularly Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer's music – helps underscore the scary efficiency of the brutality. But there's frankly not much of that.

"If Jennifer feels happy about herself physically, everything falls into place. If she doesn't, she's not at her best". Her mother, Denise, knows it better. Jennifer Capriati lived a tale of two times, a rollercoaster, a stairway to heaven and a road to perdition, got lost and came back in a single life.

For the brunt of its running time, Road To Perdition feels less like an adaptation of a graphic novel than it does an homage to the handsome period dramas of the 1990s—Max Allan Collins' book was clearly inspired by the Japanese manga Lone Wolf And Cub

For a kid whose true obsession was baseball, Tyler Hoechlin certainly made an auspicious big screen acting debut in 2002's Road To Perdition, which saw him acting opposite the likes of Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. So critically and commercially successful was that film

The Force Awakens, Paterson), Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy," Ted), Riley Keough ("The Girlfriend Experience," It Comes at Night), Katie Holmes (All We Had, Batman Begins),Brian Gleeson (Mother!, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Daniel Craig (Road to Perdition, James Bond franchise). AD.

She worked on Shekhar Kapur's “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), Sam Mendes' “Road to Perdition” (2002), and Jean-Marc Vallee's “The Young Victoria” (2009), all of which won Oscars. She also edited six of the 20 highest-grossing Australian films of all time

 Road to Perdition. In his 2011 book Shatner Rules, Shatner wrote that while filming Star Trek a few months after he finished filming Incubus, he was threatened by a group of Esperantists who then put a curse on the film. After that, Shatner said he started destroying every copy of the film he could find.

Paul Newman contended in the same category for “Road to Perdition” (2002), which not everyone may realize was based on a series of graphic novels. And Heath Ledger won that award posthumously for his iconic performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” (2008). 

Warning of the “Road To Perdition” that many hip-hop listeners are on, Jay Electronica reaches deep into his vault and releases an insightful record — with a Jay Z audio sample. And, FYI, Webster defines “perdition” as “the state of being in hell forever as punishment after death.”

The God they both had in mind was clearly a fundamentalist white Christian one. Somewhat at a disadvantage, knowing little of Blackstone, I asked Moore whether he had ever been to England. He had not, but he knew we were on the road to perdition, just like America.

This is the Craig who was more of a daredevil performer in movies like Road toPerdition and Layer Cake, before he became a superstar with the James Bond films. Adopting an unhinged accent that borders on Southern but takes a corner into gypsy speak, Craig is the standout of this film. 

The 2002 thriller, The Road to Perdition, is and stars Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Tyler Hochelin. It was alright; just a typical mainstream Hollywood crime movie. Interesting nugget o'interest: He was actually his class president in high school. Let's get a good look atcha

Written by renowned comic writer and author of the Quarry Hard Case Crime novels, Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, Batman, Action Comics Weekly) and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski (Batman: Streets of Gotham, Spider-Man, Spawn). Former U.S. Marine sniper Quarry has found a new vocation

“In 2002, I saw Road to Perdition directed by Sam Mendes with Tom Hanks as a killer, which takes place in Chicago in 1931. The same year I saw Fritz Lang's M [in which Peter Lorre plays a child murderer], released in 1931. I thought about how to mix up these two worlds

Meanwhile back in the real world where a Catalonian attempt at Independence which Scotland supports is about to be crushed by the Spanish Government with the blessing of the EU that Sturgeon wants to join when Scotland gets Indepence, wheres Sturgeon when you need her. Road to Perdition

Back in the summer of 2002, I saw a film in my local Minnesota theater that I thought was a sure lock for several categories at the Oscars, including Best Picture. Sadly, Sam Mendes' utterly gorgeous portrait of Depression-era gangster life, Road To Perdition, only picked up a handful of Oscar nominations

Why did Max Allan Collins, as he confessed, unabashedly remake it in his Road to Perdition? Why has Frank Miller, the game-changing writer of comics in the late '80s, cite it as one of his biggest inspirations? Easy: Aside from being dope, Lone Wolf and Cub exudes a masculine energy with classic

Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War, The Martian), Brian Gleeson (Mother!, Snow White and the Huntsman), and Jack Quaid ("Vinyl," The Hunger Games), with Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (The Homesman, Million Dollar Baby) and Daniel Craig (Road to Perdition, James Bond franchise)

Being a Republican meant you were in right-standing with God and if you were a Democrat, you were walking the road to perdition. I was from Northern Virginia. Many in the state feel Virginia doesn't start until passing over the Rappahannock River on 1-95 heading South. We were considered Yankees

To paraphrase Paul Newman in the Road to Perdition, “There are only opiners in this room!” But I bet we could go through that list of correct opinions and identify a very large number of them that it would be best for the president to stay quiet about. This was the point that both Jay and David were making

Irish star Ciarán Hinds, of Road to Perdition, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fame led the cast with Downton Abbey's Ruairi Conaghan, Trevor Cooper of Lorna Doone fame and Amy Molly, from The Fall and Call the Midwife, performed Kitty and Damnation at London's Landore Theatre last Sunday.

The seminal story has inspired everything from Road to Perdition to Logan, and was the basis for a series of six bloody, highly entertaining films in the 1970s: Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades, Lone Wolf 

Paul Newman: Tom Hanks pays personal tribute. Tom Hanks is the latest celebrity to offer a tribute Paul Newman, recalling their work together on Road to Perdition. Tom Hanks pays personal tribute to Paul Newman. Road to Perdition: Paul Newman plays mob boss John Rooney

Road to Perdition was successful in the box office, but has become forgotten as the years have gone by. Mendes' adaptation was a far cry from his previous venture, American Beauty, and critics reacted divisively to its cold tone and stylized revision of the mob film. 

One is “Gun City,” a Barcelona 1921 gangster movie in the line of “The Road toPerdition” and “The Untouchables,” Gamero commented. Vaca Films, Atresmedia Cine and France's Playtime Production produce; Dani de la Torre directs his follow-up to debut “Retribution,” a hot international seller. 

Max Allan Collins's graphic novel Road to Perdition (2002), adapted for the screen and feted for its cinematography, shows gangster fathers John Rooney (Paul Newman) and Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) each struggling to protect a son. In Mendes's 2008 adaptation of Richard Yates's posthumously

Only one run, however, was earned during the fourth inning, or, better known as the road to perdition. That's when the game got away. Houston sent up 12 men up to hit and scored eight on two hits each by Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis, who had a run-scoring double, two walks, two errors

1), “Road to Perdition” (Sept. 1), “American Sniper” (Sept. 7), “Children of Men” (Sept. 8), “Dreamgirls” (Sept. 8), “The Imitation Game” (Sept. 8), “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” (Sept. 9), “Amy” (Sept. 11), “The Interview” (Sept. 11), “Funny People” (Sept. 15), “George Harrison: Living in the Material

But as John Milton wrote in 'Paradise Lost', the minds of men can make 'a hell of heaven' and today the Narewka trail feels more like a road to perdition. The scale of man-made devastation that has been wreaked here in recent years is spine-chilling. 

Right now the talks are early, so there's a chance that the Oscar-winning director of American Beauty and Road to Perdition could fall away from the project, but if a deal is finalized, he would be a real catch for Disney to continue their streak of successful live-action remakes.

Coming to you from Justin Odisho, this helpful tutorial details how to create the effect popularized by "Vertigo," "Jaws," "Road to Perdition," and more. To do it, you'll need one of the two factors in place already: either the camera movement or the zoom. 

“I'm very excited to bring my Quarry character into the world of comics — it's the first time I've transferred one of my mystery series from prose to graphic novels, though I've made the opposite trip with Road to Perdition,” said Quarry's War writer Max Allan Collins.

But millennials can be forgiven if they don't remember Newman, who passed away in 2008 and whose last onscreen appearance in a feature film was in 2002's "Road to Perdition." Newman would be just fine with the fact that's he's now known more for his philanthropy than his filmography

Penned by Collins, whose other work includes Batman, Dick Tracy, Ms. Tree, and the groundbreaking graphic novel Road to Perdition, which inspired the Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman, Quarry's War is illustrated by artist Szymon Kudranski