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Selected Imaginative, Dark Comedy Classics

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Can You Top This? That's a key element the following films have in common (along with Scorsese's movie) is a domino effect leading breathlessly from one crazy thing to the next even crazier thing. It's called taking a truly creative imagination for a walk (on the wild side). Here are a few examples, and we'll add more as time permits. Many thanks to Wikipedia for quick lookup links. In no particular order:


The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1965). Here's a quick Wikipedia description. This novel quickly became a literary classic that has no competition in its own amazing landscape. John Argo says: "The Crying of Lot 49 is my favorite novel of all time. All my life I have longed to create something approaching its wonder and genius. Here at last, with YANAPOP, I have made my first serious effort but really I think YANAPOP should stand just as sui generis and maybe carve out a class of its own."


After Hours by Martin Scorsese, 1985 (already mentioned) After Hours.

The Last Seduction (Click)—a 1995 "neo-noir erotic thriller" starring Linda Fiorentino in her iconic, immortal role. As with all these stories, remember, the theme is "can you top this?" and the refrain is "yes, watch me."

Groundhog Day (Click) 1993, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.

National Lampoon's Vacation (Click); 1983 starring Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, et al. Became a successful series of films.

The Out of Towners (Click) 1970 starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. Written by Neil Simon. Remade 1999 with Goldie Hawn.

They Live (Click) John Carpenter, 1988. Serious commentary couched in dark humor, with the hero named John Nada (which oddly rhymes with Jornada). John Carpenter has made several cult classics.

Night At The Museum (Click) 2006 (trilogy) starring Ben Stiller.

A Fish Called Wanda (Click) 1988 with John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin.

From Dusk Till Dawn (Click) Quentin Tarantino's 1996 tour de force (de farce?) with Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Fred Williamson, and Salma Hayek.

Further Black or Horror Comedy… (Click) On its page listing more, Wikipedia includes such classics as Doctor Strangelove 1964, Brazil1985, and the like. Commonalities among the most on-target of such films include the 'top this' feature, plus a certain appeal to paranoia. More titles to be listed soon as we find them.


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