58th St – POP (5th to Madison Aves)

Our movie begins in lobby of the legendary Plaza Hotel.  Our heroine is finishing up lunch with a couple of her galpals.

Our movie begins in lobby of the legendary Plaza Hotel. Our heroine is finishing up lunch with a couple of her galpals.

This is quite literally, the most fabulous and fashionable square in NYC.  You got the Plaza Hotel. You got Bergdorf Goodman.  You got 5th Avenue.  You even got Apple and its transparent cube!

Naturally, the imaginary movie here is conceived as Woody Allen’s take on the chick-flick – a genre he came closest to with Vicky Christina Barcelona, but which, admittedly, hasn’t quite formed part of his oeuvre.

The themes would be quintessential Woody – family, art, philosophy, the city, and more recently, premonitions of death. Add to that shopping, Saks 5th Avenue, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the female lead.

And the title of this movie?   POP, in capital letters.  It’s a darkly comic take on popular culture and materialism; a commentary on love, friendship and ambition. And how things never turn out the way you plan them to.  Oh, of course, the clothes would be fabulous too.

24 – They take their conversation and their credit cards over to Bergdorf Goodman, where they pick up a couple pairs of shoes.

24 – They take their conversation and their credit cards over to Bergdorf Goodman, where they pick up a couple pairs of shoes.

25 – Along the way, they stare curiously at Apple’s transparent cube and its hordes of tourists.  Something they can never understand is Apple’s enduring attraction for the masses.

25 – Along the way, they stare curiously at Apple’s transparent cube and its hordes of tourists. Something they can never understand is Apple’s enduring attraction for the masses.

26 – Our heroine bids her friends farewell and drives off in her Buick.  She texts as she drives.  Suddenly the car goes “pop!” She realises she’s hit someone.  Panicking, she drives right off.

26 – Our heroine bids her friends farewell and drives off in her Buick. She texts as she drives. Suddenly the car goes “pop!” She realises she’s hit someone. Panicking, she drives right off.

27 – Meanwhile, a crowd gathers right across the street, in front of FAO Shwarz, where the victim lies unconscious.  He eventually slips into a coma.  What happens next is anybody’s guess.

27 – Meanwhile, a crowd gathers right across the street, in front of FAO Shwarz, where the victim lies unconscious. He eventually slips into a coma. What happens next is anybody’s guess.

D - POP

D – POP

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About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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