Today I watched a 1991 movie called "Impromptu." Like the title, which implies (in fact, promises) some sort of effortless brilliance, the movie watches as though its makers just turned on the camera and did their thing, no sweat. We all know better than that, and in this case, the reason is startlingly clear: Judy Davis as George Sand.
I first saw Davis act in the 1979 movie "My Brilliant Career" and immediately fell in love with her wicked-smart smile. Unlike most actors in movies, her intelligence simply reeks through the screen and zooms into your brain. (If you are not interested in her, well, there's always Britney Spears.)
"Impromptu" is about the Nineteenth-Century novelist George Sand - Aurora to special friends - who wooed and won a composer named Chopin. It is a wonderful movie, full of clever stuff and good actors in addition to Davis (Hugh Grant, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Emma Thompson, etc.), and it more than made up for today's lack of turkey. So did "Mamma Mia!," the movie musical starring Meryl Streep. If you think that old disco ABBA group is passe ... I have some worms, complete with partly excreted nematode poop, which you might enjoy.
Believe me, the lasagna I pigged out on today is better than nematodes. And, hey, I'm almost ready to start reading "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."