1994 – Reality Bites

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h39m. Comedy / Drama / Romance. Directed by Ben Stiller. Written by Helen Childress. Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki. Edited by Lisa Churgin. Music by Karl Wallinger. Starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Swoosie Kurtz, Harry O’Reilly, Barry Sherman, Anne Meara, Andy Dick, Joe Don Baker, John Mahoney, Keith David, David Pirner, Evan Dando, Karen Duffy.

Follows Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates. Their challenges exemplify some of the career and lifestyle choices faced by Generation X.

1998 – Zero Effect

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h56m. Mystery / Comedy. Directed by Jake Kasdan. Written by Jake Kasdan. Cinematography by Bill Pope. Edited by Tara Timpone. Music by Stewart Copeland, The Greyboy Allstars. Starring Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Kim Dickens, Angela Featherstone, Ryan O’Neal.

Zero Effect stars Bill Pullman as “the world’s most private detective”, Daryl Zero, and Ben Stiller as his assistant Steve Arlo. Its plot is loosely based on the Arthur Conan Doyle short story “A Scandal in Bohemia”.