First Monday Films

with Irv Slifkin, film expert and author

Mondays at 7:00 pm in the library meeting room


January 8: Raising Arizona
1987 PG-13 94 min.
Directed by Joel Coen
Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Trey Wilson, William Forsythe
The Coen Brothers’ hyperactive screwball comedy focuses on childless couple Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter who find their oddball lives get even weirder when they decide to kidnap an infant from a furniture tycoon.

February 5: Goldfinger
1964 110 min. PG
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman, Harold Sakata
Sean Connery’s third outing as Ian Fleming’s James Bond is a thrill-a-thon brimming with lush locations, sleek cars, diabolical bad guys, gorgeous women, memorable music and Connery at he-man-iest 007 best. The British agent goes against the title character, a gold-obsessed tycoon whose henchman shows Bond a new definition for the term “hat trick.”

March 5: Scarface (AKA: Scarface: The Shame of a Nation)
1932 90 min. PG
Directed by Howard Hawks
Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, George Raft, Boris Karloff
The original gangster epic from director Howard Hawks and producer Howard Hughes showcases the then-unknown Paul Muni as Tony Camonte, a fictionalized version of Chicago’s Al Capone. Bootlegging, bombs, machine guns and an unhealthy love for his sister are key elements in the explosive (under)world of the country’s most dangerous man.

April 12: Eight Men Out
1988 PG 119 min.
Directed by John Sayles
John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney, David Strathairn
A powerful portrait at one of sports’ darkest days: the 1919 “Black Sox Scandal,” in which the favored Chicago White Sox threw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Writer-director John Sayles colorfully delves into the behind-the-scenes machinations of the event from different perspectives and makes this an emotional home run.

May 7: The Gang’s All Here
1943 Not Rated. 103 minutes
Directed by Busby Berkeley
Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, James Ellison, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
An explosion of Technicolor, lively music, outrageous dance sequences and campy goings on courtesy of legendary choreographer/director Busby Berkeley! Entertainer Alice Faye falls for soldier James Elilson before he ships out for World War II duty in the South Pacific. Meanwhile, Carmen Miranda, she with fruit on her head, gets to sing “The Lady in the Tutti Fruitti Hat.”

June 4: The Asphalt Jungle
1950 112 min. Not Rated
Directed by John Huston
Sterling Hayden, Sam Jaffe, Louis Calhern, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Hale
John Huston’s influential heist tale is teeming with tension and boasts a superior cast of thugs doing their criminal thing. Sam Jaffe is the just-out-of-the joint mastermind targeting a $500,000 jewel theft, and connecting to a diverse group of thieves—including tough guy gambler Sterling Hayden and slick lawyer Louis Calhern–to carry out his nefarious plan.