Nobody ever wants to be the one to ruin a Holiday meal. If you've ever cooked anything for anyone, much less worried with the added stress of cooking to please your family, then you can relate to the nightmare scenario of botching what should be a fairly simple, just-follow-the-instructions operation. There are few things worse than the sink hole in your gut that forms when you've worked on a meal for hours only to see it fail in some spectacularly mundane way (burning things seems to be the most common goof).

Maybe you've never struggled with that; maybe you've been the one (like myself) eating a meager meal on a Holiday simply because you're alone (or even worse, at work). Whether disaster or disappointment, the movies are here for you. They always have been. And they want you to know -- You are not alone, especially during the Holidays.

I don't even know what half the stuff is that Judy Davis serves in her "traditional Scandanavian Christmas feast", but I do know that her in-laws make the telling decision to stop at a restaurant before they arrive for her dinner. Here's a rundown of that menu: Roast suckling pig (not bad), fresh baked kringlors in a honey pecan dipping sauce (basically a pretzel-like pastry...that actually doesn't sound so bad either), seven-day old lutefisk (I'll pass on the poison-soaked fish, thanks), and lamb gookins (a dish so exotic there's no record of its existence on the entire internet). Everything on the table appears to be painstakingly prepared, but when you start making up food that doesn't exist -- that's where I draw the line.
categories Cinematical