Archive for October, 2006

The Dearly Departed

October 15, 2006

Went to see the new Martin Scorsese flick “The Departed” last night. Probably the best movie I’ve seen in a long while.

LD in the departed

I think MS’s greatest accomplishment here is that for a change Leo looks like a real adult and not a wind-up toy.

Jack Nicholson is Jack Nicholson and he’ll probably get the Oscar nod, but my money is on Mark Wahlberg. Mark WahlbergYep, the former Marky Mark shines here, chewing up dialog and stealing scene after scene. Worth the $10 buck admission.

I haven’t seen Wahlberg this good since Boogie Nights. I’m not exaggerating here, either. Apologies to all you I Heart Huckabee fans out there.

The flick is a remake of a Hong Kong action film and it does not disappoint. I thought it harkens back to old Hollywood westerns than anything else. Matt Damon is Leo’s counter here and he holds his own with the other big fish in the bowl. But as much fun as it is to hear Damon and Wahlberg spare with their dueling southy accents, this is JN and LD’s movie and their scenes crackle.

Speaking of accents, we caught the trailer for Blood Diamondand what kind of accent is Leo trying to do here? We may be in for a treat here. Not since Jon Voigt in Anaconda has there been a shittier accent.

I don’t know if this one is going to get Marty his statue (Damn, Flags of Our Fathers has Oscar winner all over it) but I think the nomination is in the bag.

For the locals, this was our first foray out to the Clifton Commons and we like the theater. Parking sucked though. It’s a mad house on Saturday and backing out of a spot there’s a 50/50 chance either you or someone else may be killed. However, it is genuine stadium seating, not the sloped floors that pass as such out here where Essex, Passaic and Bergen counties meet.

We’ll be back to this theater in the future but we’ll try to get there a bit earlier. Especially for movies like the Departed.

JC

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I have a job

October 13, 2006

That’s right. Those who know of my precarious position last week know that I had some concerns as to whether or not I would be employed when I returned from Italy. Well, I do indeed have a job. Unfortunatly, there’s a lot I could get into here but I can’t. Mainly because I now work for a real company that has a confidentiality agreement which exists mainly for situations like this. I know. I’m being cryptic but that’s pretty much what was happening to me while I was finding out about last minute changes to my job via e-mail while on vacation. Aaaargh.

Anyway, things seem to be alright and what I can say is that I am now completly working in the great state of NJ. Yeah, no more schlepping across the Hudson. I’m still taking NJ Transit though and let me tell you something needs to be done.

For me to arrive at my job in NJ by 9 a.m. I have to take a 7:30 train out of Montclair. Montclair. Dear god I’m only about 12 miles from my new job and I need to head in a full hour and a half before I’m supposed to be there.  Something needs to be done with the NJ rail infrastructure. This is simply not acceptable.

I’ll most likely end up driving but that presents a whole other level of problems. But for now I suppose I should just be happy about the job. 

New Resoloutions

October 10, 2006

I’m making a concerted effort to blog more in this space.

Initially, I had thoughts of making this a one-stop shop for people to find restaurants, movies, films and whatnot in the  Garden State but reality and time constraints have forced me to rethink things.

In the meantime, I’m using Jersey Cool to blog about what’s happening here in Montclair and Jersey in general. Obviously, if we hit a great place for eats or catch a flick worthy of mention, it’ll be written up.  

Hopefully, things will fall into this place later this year. Anyway, you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

JC