Also went to see Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
, a definite improvement over the already good first film by the Sprecher sisters, Clockwatchers
. Just a short post on this one. I really enjoyed this film, which was a series of interlocking narratives about happiness, whether we make it ourselves or it's just dumb luck. Presented in a slightly shuffled chronology, which makes sense when reflecting on the movie, the film features a large, well-acted ensemble, though I have to admit that I favored some stories more than others, especially the one featuring Alan Arkin, in a brilliant performance, as a cynical, middle-manager, alienated from his ex-wife and heroin-addicted son (I guess I'm lucky since this strand takes up the majority of the film); the strand encapsulates the film, which is both frequently funny and sad, sweet and painfully bitter. Another film that features a great closing shot; Arkin waving to Amy Irving's character, a complete stranger, on the subway, reciprocated with a smile and wave. Then a reflective moment from Arkin, as he considers who makes his fate.