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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Watching Movies

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Having done window shopping, PETER and his WIFE enter a cinema house. They watch the James Bond film "No Time to Die".

  5. PETER (V.O.): Since the 1962 Dr No, I've never missed any one of the series.

  6. Commercials being shown.

  7. .

  8. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I read that the length of this 25th one is 2hr 43 minutes.

  9. We see and hear the MGM's audio-visual logo.

  10. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I always like to watch the series' opening scene.

  11. After seeing a snowy landscape, we see and hear a woman and a girl talking to each other in a sitting room.

  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The pace is a little slow. I feel long and drawn out.

  13. Then, we see a near-drowning scene at a frozen lake, a beach and scenic road somewhere.

  14. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Great choice on locations.

  15. Act 2


  17. Then, we see the series' signature gun-barrel sequence and we hear the James Bond guitar theme.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The format is still distinctive.

  19. Characters, dialogues and actions intertwine with motion images and sound effects.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Films that can sustain the audience's interest can put them psychologically present in the stories.

  21. Watching and thinking - the 1st hour.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Each twist in a scene does have a turning point, with the character moving from one value to another.

  23. Watching and thinking - the 2nd hour.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But the link between cause and effect is very dramatic. The way the story is being pushed is fictional.

  25. Watching and thinking - the last 43 minutes.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Contrary to the last 24 films of the series, the end isn't a happy one. But it isn't a tragedy.

  27. Seeing The End, many AUDIENCE can't wait to leave.

  28. PETER: One typical feature of the series is that apart from sensational pleasure, one learns nothing.

  29. PETER'S WIFE: It's meant to entertain. We've to "buy in" the story plot. Who're the Bond girls?

  30. PETER: One was a temporary 007 in the film.

  31. PETER'S WIFE: Where is the location in Italy? It would be nice to stay in the hotel featured in the film.

  32. PETER: True. We haven't been to Italy since the Milan Expo 2015. In a Milano restaurant, my wife's Prada bag was stolen.


  34. Peter and his wife are watching a movie. We see colourful and vivid animation and hear upbeat Japanese music.

  35. PETER (V.O.): What's the title of this film? Well, I'll find out after the Intro.

  36. We see on screen: Earwig and the Witch.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The animation films produced by Studio Ghibili can't be bad.

  38. We see fantasy in motion pictures.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Several years ago, my family visited the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. We love their creativity and artistic expression.

  40. We hear sound effects.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, our elder daughter is working in Tokyo and our younger daughter is studying animation art in UK.

  42. We hear audience giggles.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Life is like movies, it has many twists and turns, mostly unexpected.

  44. The film ends after around 1 hr 20m. Seeing end credits, Peter looks around.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No audience is leaving.

  46. Lights up.

  47. PETER'S WIFE: The film ends rather abruptly.

  48. PETER: Perhaps it's pace is fast and you haven't had enough and are yearning for more.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.): A movie captures life as a reflection or fantasy.

  51. Pausing.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't mind watching a children's movie. It refreshes and rejuvenates me, as least for awhile.

  53. Act 3


  55. Leaving the Art House, Peter and his wife shop in a glow pop-up by Prada at the Opera Theatre. STAFF#1 & #2 serve them.

  56. PETER (V.O.): Like my guitar collection, no branded bags are ever too much for my wife.

  57. Selecting initially one small bag and then another bigger one, Peter's wife pays.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We do what we love and don't wait to be happy in the future.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As we don't have all the time in the world, the best time to be happy is now.

  61. Happily, they exit with Prada carrier bags.

  62. FADE OUT

  63. THE END

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