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24 Years Later, Lawrence Bender’s “Killing Zoe” and Generational Zeitgeist

Considering that younger millennials had not been born when “Killing Zoe” was released in 1994, this Lawrence Bender production offers a few interesting clues about the societal views of the generation that preceded them.

“Killing Zoe” is a dark film about a young American who travels to Paris to help a friend with a poorly planned bank robbery that results in terrible bloodshed. The role of Zed is played by Eric Stoltz, an actor whose body of work during the 1980s and 1990s made him a cinematic ambassador of Generation X.

In 1992, Lawrence Bender had already scored a hit with “Reservoir Dogs,” a film that introduced audiences to the stylish crime fiction of director Quentin Tarantino. During the production of “Reservoir Dogs,” Lawrence Bender came across a location that he thought would be ideal to film a bank heist scene; moreover, it was an extremely affordable site. Bender’s business acumen prompted him to keep this Los Angeles location on file; a few months later, he called up his screenwriters to ask if they had any bank heist scripts.

Director Roger Avary did not really have a script ready for Lawrence Bender when he got the call, but this did not stop him from writing one in record time. Avary wrote the script with Stoltz in mind for the role of Zed, a thoroughly disaffected member of Generation X who pretty much waltzes through life with a careless outlook.

“Killing Zoe” presents the strange friendship between Zed and Eric, a deranged Frenchman who traded a journalism career for crime, drugs and dangerous sex. As a high school exchange student, Eric met Zed in Florida, where they robbed convenience stores for fun; both eventually settled on crime as a career, and the film presents them as men who would be amenable if they only cared about the direction of their lives. This blasé attitude was a dark societal trait of Generation X.

After “Killing Zoe,” Lawrence Bender would be nominated for three Oscars. He has received an Independent Spirit Award and two Circuit Community Awards. Bender was born in The Bronx and lives in Southern California; he is 60 years old and has a son with actress Leasi Andrews.

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What Alex Pall Wants To Learn

We can clearly see that people who reach a certain height in music are looking to do whatever they can to make things better. They realize that they are some of the most useful things they can do revolve around making sure the audience likes what they have to give and what they are about. There are so many things to take into account when doing something like this that it becomes obvious why so many people are looking at them and what they offer. They are a window into something that people like but haven’t had in a while. This is the start of something new and fresh and we can all see it for ourselves.

Nobody can clearly look at what is being done and not come to the conclusion that the Chainsmokers are an amazing duo with potential still untapped. They have crowds around the world looking at them with anticipation and wants to get in on the experience. Few people can say they have anything remotely close to this and even fewer can say they have gone as far as Alex Pall is taking the Chainsmokers. He isn’t stopping at any of the usual moments and he wants to make sure that we all have that in mind. Something is very different about what he does and what he plans to do. He isn’t a normal college DJ or music producer at all.

The ability to go as far as this duo is going is rare and it can’t be predicted. You have to look at what they are betting on and how far they are taking their risks. Alex Pall wants to learn about how far the crowd will go and if he can make that into something even bigger than before. He has the chance now all he needs is to find a way to take that audience with him to new depths. He wants to be someone that we all enjoy and that we listen to. Let’s help him get that for himself by making it clear what he has to do in the long run.

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