Coming to a screen near you …

The annual AGM will be held on Friday 24th February at 7.30pm.  

Please come and join us from 7.00 pm when we will be hosting a free cheese and wine for members.

What? The opening film of the Dunbar Film Society 2012 season – should be a cracker! Come and see this Argentinean film on the big screen.

When? Friday 27th January, 7.30 pm for 8pm start.

Where? Hallhill

Tonight’s showing is of the Sci-Fi hit, District-9.

Be there or be a large gloopy green mess of alien.


How good is The Social Network?

Well, it’s only my opinion, but it’s very good indeed.

The casting is perfect, the frailties of humanity disected and examined under a microscope very gently and even the most difficult characters have a sympathetic edge.

Zippy dialogue, great structure, moving and funny.  For me, A-.

Check it out.

It’s a great quote, that one on the poster.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, a nice theme for a movie.

I love social networking, in spite of all the reservations I held about it in the beginning.

It’s allowed me to get to know a wide range of wonderful authors and people associated with writing, given me a platform upon which to stand to sell my words and has allowed me to get in touch with friends long since lost on life’s highways.

For those of you out there thinking it’s all about hearing about neighbours putting out washing or being told what their best friend’s having for tea, to my way of thinking you’re missing the point entirely.  Your loss.

I guess the fact that your here, though, means you like to dip in your toe from time to time.  Good for you.

And it’s the subject of this week’s film (Friday 30 th, 8 o’clock, Hallhill, all welcome, £5 for a ticket on the door).

I’ve not seen it, but I’m very much looking forward to it.

Maybe I’ll see you there.



So what can I tell you about Scott Pilgrim Versus The World?

Not much, other than it’s our next film, coming this Friday (8pm, Hallhill, £5 for non-members, feel free to bring in a drink from the bar…).  That and the starring role is taken by Michael Cera.  Mr Cera made a great impression on me in a previous film society showin, Juno.  He was the geeky dork I often feel like inside (and that might go for lots of us) though unlike me in my teenage years he has wisdom and musical talent and the most gorgeous of girlfriends.

Anyway, the in a nutshell on Scott Pilgrim is ‘Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.’

I’m hoping to hell that he creams them all.

See you there,


Last night at the Film Society, we weren’t able to collect reviews of the film.  To me, it felt like there was a real buzz in the room.

Should you wish to let us know how you thought it was, comment here and leave a score from 1 to 10.


Well, there are no real winners other than the people who enjoyed the film.  I found it to be even better it the second time round and gave it a 9.

The average was 7, so I guess it went down pretty well.

My opinion – masterful film-making.

Next time, White Heat.  Hold on to your hats, your spats and your Tommies.

I watched The Road about a month ago, mainly because I forgot to scrub it from my Love Film list when it was chosen for this year’s programme.

It’s a post-apocalyptic tale and we therefore is not all sweetness and light.  The group choosing went for it in the end because it seems like the type of challenging tale that a film society should be showing.

If you saw some of those post-nuclear TV movies from the 1970s or read things like The Lord Of The Flies, you’ll know that people in highly-pressurised situations behave in unusual and often unpleasant ways.

We all know that we’re born and then we die.  Much of the time in between is spent surviving in one way or another, no matter how we dress it up.  What we have here is a heavy dose of the surviving and a little less of the dressing that is normally comfortable.   The purpose of life is questioned.  Folk have to balance pain with living and not everyone makes the same decisions.

Our main protagonists have ultimately chosen hope, picked life over death.  They’re a father and son heading south to see if the world warms up or if there’s any way to escape their troubles via the sea.

It’s gritty.  The first half an hour will have you wincing from time to time, inside and out.  Nevertheless I think you should come along.

The filming is terrific, the idea is true to what I imagine a post-apocalyptic world really might be like, there’s Omar from the Wire and there’s Robert Duvall.

There’s also something rather uplifting to the whole thing (or maybe I’m twisted) in a way I can’t explain.  Maybe it’s encapsulated in the final lines of the Count Of Monte Cristo –

`All human knowledge can be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.’

Great stuff.

Friday 25th March, 8pm Hallhill.