Dinner & A Movie - The ODESSA File

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tonight, being Tuesday, was Dinner and A Movie Night with mom. Now showing - The Odessa File with Jon Voigt (hopefully no spoilers...).

After reading the diary of an eldery Jewish man who commited suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organization of former SS members, called ODESSA, as well as with the Israeli secret service, while trying to fulfill the old man's dying wish.

While the movie was a bit slow moving at times, and clocked in at about two hours and 10 minutes, it was quite good. The story was interesting, the movie fairly well written, and an unexpected twist at the end which explains Miller's sudden obsession with the former camp commandant that we didn't see coming at all. I'm going to recommend it although I think it's one of those movies you have to be in the mood to watch.

Jon Voigt is...well, Jon Voigt. Frankly he's not a very good actor. I realized that I haven't seen many of his films, especially his earlier work. Sure there was Anaconda, Runaway Train, and Tomb Raider but I think that's it (don't forget his cameo on Seinfeld re: Jon Voigt's car and the chewed pencil). The fact that he was in The Odessa File had me a bit worried but I was curious to see just why he was so famous. I knew it couldn't just be because he's Angelina's father although that seems to be why he gets press these days. Why he continues to try and do accents is beyond me. Remember Anaconda? Oh goodness, that was horrific. In The Odessa File, he plays a German reporter and therefore the producers/directors felt he HAD to have a German accent. Thankfully he didn't play it up too much and there were times that it wasn't noticable. Whew. Acting wise, the best part of the movie was Maximilian Schell (The Black Hole) as the former camp commander.

Onto the dinner portion. Tonight, it actually worked out! On the menu: balsamic glazed porkchops with sauteed onions and braised bokchoy with soy and ginger served on a bed of rice. Fab-u-lous. Mom had three helpings! Woo hoo. Kelly's cookbook suggestion came through again! The bok choy was such a huge hit, mom has requested a copy of the cookbook for Christmas. One person crossed off my list...


Barbara Bruederlin said...

He was actually pretty decent in Midnight Cowboy.

Supper sounds divine though! Bok choy, done right, is always yummy.

kelly said...

i'll have to try the bok choy...glad you like the book

mister anchovy said...

I remember the Odessa File...pretty good flick.

Red said...

I adore bok choi. Whenever we make a stir-fry, we put at least a couple in... a few leaves for *, the rest for me!

Great White Bear, said...

Jon Voight not a good actor? Have you seen "Coming Home"? (He won the Oscar for Best Actor), "Midnight Cowboy" or "Return To Lonesome Dove"?

btw... what happened to the Oilers?

SME said...

I'll have to pass on pork chops, but Odessa File is one of my all-time faves. It's got most of the ingredients for a top-notch drama/thriller: Investigative reporting, conspiracy, disguises, justice, history, and Maximillan Schell (even though his hot years were beyond him when this movie was made). Good stuff.

Jon Voigt was particularly good in "The General", about Irish criminal Martin Cahill.

* (asterisk) said...

It's a long while since I saw The Odessa File, but I remember really liking it a lot. I think Jon Voight was a good little actor in his day.

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