Killing Zoe (1994) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Zoe was written and directed by Roger Avary, whose claim to fame is
inextricably intertwined with a video store which used to employ him.
You see, that same store concurrently employed a gentleman named
Tarantino. The two men met, and started to develop some joint
projects. Avary wrote some additional dialogue for Reservoir Dogs, is
mentioned as an uncredited co-writer on True Romance, and is
considered a source for some of the individual stories in Pulp
Fiction, which came out about the same time as Killing Zoe.
Although Pulp Fiction carried Avary's erstwhile writing partner to fame, Killing Zoe seems to have carried Avary himself to obscurity. The IMDb lists no writing or directing credits of any kind for him in the years 1996-2001.
Like Tarantino, his oeuvre is the adolescent masturbatory fantasy.
|Tarantino has some unique elements in his best work that can make his masturbatory fantasies fun to watch. He has a sense of humor, and a special gift for humorously irrelevant dialogue and trivial background details. His imitators can rarely say the same.||
|I guess you might call
Killing Zoe "the parts they didn't show in Reservoir Dogs",
somehow crossed with a low-budget Eurotrash film.
Eric Stoltz plays a safecracker who journeys to Paris (which is played by Los Angeles) to help an old school chum pull a bank job. On the taxi ride to his hotel, the cabbie fixes him up with a call girl. He gives the beautiful, fresh-looking call girl her first orgasm. It turns out that she only works as a part-time call girl to work her way through college.
|The chum shows up, finds the hooker
and throws her out in the hall naked.
The boys then go off to a night of serious drug abuse, from which they awake to head over to the bank. The bank turns into a charnel-house, the robbery a botched disaster of cavalier violence, slaughtered hostages, suicides, etc. It turns out that the chum is dying of AIDS, and has neither regard for any human life, nor fear for his own death. Perhaps the entire mission is his form of suicide. Unfortunately, Stoltz is along for the ride.
Oh yeah, and you remember that Stoltz only knows one woman in the entire city of Paris? Guess where she works? At the bank they chose to rob! You don't think that's a silly enough coincidence? Well, remember she doesn't have a job at all. She is a student who does an occasional trick to work her way through the uni. So we're not just looking at the odds of finding one random woman in a random bank in a city of millions, but rather the odds of finding one random unemployed woman working in a random bank in a city of millions. In other words, you have to believe that OJ is innocent and that OJ's wife was actually killed by Amerigo Vespucci.
Or maybe all highly-compensated prostitutes also have full-time minimum wage jobs.
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