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Are You A Fan Of Dark Comedy? If So...

Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:01 am

I like many dark comedies.
For some reason, I have found THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS to be one of THE best dark comedies I have ever seen. THat do you think?

What are some of your favorite dark comedies?
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:04 am

"Blazing Saddles"
 
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:09 am

"Throw Mama from the Train", with Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito...a classic!


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Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:16 am

YES! Both are excellent films that are also on my shelf!

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Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:23 am

From 1995 - "To Die For" with Nicole Kidman as a newscaster who convinces a teenager to kill her husband. I think I was the only one in the theatre who "got" it.
 
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:37 am

"Very Bad Things" is a whole lot of fun. You get to watch a bunch of characters get their cumuppins - and they all deserve it.

"After Hours", which was directed by Scorcese is also very good.

"War of The Roses" is a great dark comedy for anyone who has gone through a nasty breakup.
 
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:39 am

Blazing Saddles???
This must be some new and radically different definition of "Dark Comedy"?

Anyway. I'll vote for Dr Strangelove.
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:53 am

I like Serial Mom with Kathleen Turner...
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:59 am

I love Dark Comedy. Sorry, as much as I love it, Blazing Saddles is NOT a dark comedy. Put me down for Strangelove as well. "Mr. President, we cannot allow for there to be a mine shaft gap!"
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:47 pm

Little Shop of Horrors. The scene between Orin Scrivello D.D.S. (Steve Martin) and Arthur Denton (Bill Murray) is classic.
 
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:51 pm

Pulp Fiction-laughed my a** off in the theater. Classic stuff.
 
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Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:52 pm

Royal Tenebaums is a great movie... I have it on DVD.

Strangelove is a classic too.

Rushmore is another pretty good dark comedy, written by Wes Anderson like the Tenebaums
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:53 am

I loved how 'Heathers' gleefully subverted the whole US teen/school genre.

Love the Tennebaums.
Dr Strangelove too.

'Election' skirts around darkness, but a great film.

'American Pyscho', thought to be an unfilmable book (which happens to be a favourite read of mine) but the 2000 film did a fine job, brought out what the book was really about, not a gorefest, but a savage satire on 80's yuppiedom.

'Go' Nicely dark in places.

While not a comedy as such, 'Natural Born Killers' is satire, Ollie Stone pitched it as 2 weeks of US TV in 2 hours, mind you, he was on mushrooms, wine Jack Daniels and Meixcan weed while making it, why am I not surprised by that! Even Robert Downey Jr thought there was way too much excess on the set.
 
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:56 am

Miami Blues (1990) with Alec Baldwin was pretty quirky...
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 4:46 am

Dr Strangelove "Gentleman you can't fight in here ,this is the war room!"
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 5:06 am

Hi guys.

My favorite dark comedy is "FARGO".

The whole idea of that movie was DARK COMEDY.

Remember the scene at the end when dude is pushing his friend's foot & leg through the wood chipper?

Great movie.

Miami Blues is also a great movie .... but in my opinion, it's not a Dark Comedy.


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Fri Dec 12, 2003 5:32 am

It begins and ends with a liitle known movie:

"In the company of men"
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 7:00 am

Fargo

and some others by the Cohen brothers, I forget the name of that 80's movie where everybody dies WITHOUT knowing what really happened. Try to follow:

- a jealous husband hires a killer to kill his wife and her lover
- the killer kills the husband instead and takes the money
- the lover finds the body and thinks the wife did it because she chose him
- he goes to her to thank her, but before they talk he gets shot by the killer who's been following him and thinks the guy has proof against him
- the wife chases the killer down thinking it is her husband (who's actually dead) and shoots him down through a wall
- the killer shoots her back through the wall and dies. She dies too, still thinking it is her husband on the other side of the wall.

so FOUR characters die each one thinking something different. Hilarious. Cohen brothers..


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Fri Dec 12, 2003 7:41 am

Another good Coen brothers flick is "The Big Lebowski"

Not really sure that it is a dark comedy in the tradition of Fargo, but a funny trip nonetheless.

John Turturro's portrayal of Jesus, the Mexican ex-pedaphile bowler is hilarious.

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Fri Dec 12, 2003 7:50 am

Raising Arizona is another good Cohen Brothers film as well, and pretty quirky like most of their films.
 
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 9:27 am

I agree with Fargo - that was great. O Brother where art thou? was surprisingly dark in places, although I wouldn't say it was a dark comedy. Basically the Cohen Brothers are the masters of this genre.
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 9:30 am

Fargo absolutely, one of the best movies ever.
 
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 9:44 am

Hi guys.

> Kay, I'm going crazy trying to figure out or remember the movie that you're describing. Sorry I don't have an answer.

> DesertJets, the movie "The Big Lebowski" is an amazing movie. One of my all time favorites! The Cohen brothers really put it together with that one. Jeff Bridges - aka "The Dude" played a great roll.

That movie is a DARK COMEDY.

Nothing like lines that say ......

"Hey man, they pissed on my carpet!"

"Nobody Fu*ks with the Jesus. I'll take that gun and shove it up your ass!!

*** "I'll suck your co*K for a thousand. He can't watch unless he pays me a hundred".

I Love that movie.

> Srbmod, the movie Raising Arizona is untouchable. It is such a mellow/funny movie. I know that if you ever need to just sit back & kick your boots off, watch Raising Arizona, and you will be a happy man. F*cking GREAT movie!!!  Big thumbs up

Gentlemen. are we not forgeting another excellent Cohen brothers movie that is a DARK COMEDY? Yes we are.

"Brother Where Art Thou?" with George Clooney (spelling?). That movie was an absalute riot!!! I Love the Cohen brother's work.

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RE: Are You A Fan Of Dark Comedy? If So...

Fri Dec 12, 2003 11:50 am

The Cable Guy with Jim Carrey was hilarious!

Thats my favorite dark comedy
 
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 11:56 am

To go for the older dark comedies, try these:

"Mother, Jugs and Speed"

"Harold and Maude"

My vote for modern classic goes to "Heathers". Boy is it dark.
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 5:09 pm

The big lebowski haha! yeah I thought of that one, but it's not dark

"the carpet, kinda held the room together, you know"

unbelievable. And john goodman's overly serious about war and vietnam and stuff "lady, a man died face down in the mud so that I can come here freely and eat in this restaurant"... Great great movie

Mr. Spaceman, I remembered the name of that movie I was describing in my previous post, it's called "Blood Simple". I saw it a few months ago. See it.
 
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 5:24 pm

Doctor Stangelove
M*A*S*H Both the series and the movie.

Actually if you get the DVD sets of the TV show you can turn the laugh-track off.

It is a whole different show

IMHO better.
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Fri Dec 12, 2003 11:54 pm

"I forget the name of that 80's movie where everybody dies WITHOUT knowing what really happened"

I think that movie was Blood Simple (1984)



"I'll suck your c**k for a thousand. He can't watch unless he pays me a hundred"

Of course, that was Tara Reid in an early movie role...

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Sat Dec 13, 2003 12:21 am

Blackadder .

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Sat Dec 13, 2003 2:30 pm

Heathers. You can't get Darker than that.

My mother asked what it was about one time and I said, "teen suicide." She asked if it was a sad movie, and I had to tell her no it a comedy. The puzzled look on her face was priceless.

Fargo, would come in a close second.
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