A scene from Land Ho! that will be shown at the Gibraltar Room on Tuesday.

A scene from Land Ho! that will be shown at the Gibraltar Room on Tuesday.

Film club screens Land Ho! for first film of 2015

I hope you got through this last nasty weather spell without too many problems and the spell has ended by next Tuesday, Jan. 13.

I hope you got through this last nasty weather spell without too many problems and the spell has ended by next Tuesday, Jan. 13 when the Williams Lake Film Club shows its first film of  2015.

It will be business as usual with back doors to the Gibraltar Room opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m.

Our first film is Land Ho! and is a U.S./Icelandic co-production.

It is an easy going film, just right after the busy holidays and all the snow shovelling.

Mitch, a former surgeon and a bit of a lecher, convinces his ex-brother-in-law Colin to accompany him on an unplanned trip to Iceland. Colin is just the opposite of extroverted Mitch, quiet and always polite.

They start out in the big city of Reykjavik and wind their way through quite a few places in Iceland, one more beautiful than the other. On their way they talk about aging, loneliness and friendship, and about their families.

As Mitch talks about his four sons he mentions that one is gay, one lives in Berlin, one converted to Judaism, and that he got one who is regular. Need he say more? We all have our problems.

It is wonderful to watch how their friendship deepens and how they realize that they still really do enjoy life.

The two main actors, Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhorn, are the perfect “odd couple,” totally believable.

There is no hamming it up just to get a quick laugh from the audience. This really is a film about life, with all its failures and all its joys. It really is “A Gorgeous, Joyous Film!”

Land Ho! is rated R only because of some references to sex, oh my, and some use of marijuana.

The film was released in 2014 and duration is 95 minutes.

And now a trick question – Iceland is vastly uninhabited. In all of its rugged beauty live fewer people than in Halifax.

How many people live in Halifax? Come on …

See you next Tuesday. One more thing. For refreshments we have planned something a bit out of the ordinary to go with tea, hot chocolate and Ovaltine!

Admission is $9 regular, $8 for members, and $6 for seniors (65+) and students, HS and TRU.