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Top 5 Dark Comedies

Anderson and Bryan discuss the TOP 5 DARK COMEDIES this week.  Hear about many great films that are hilarious for all the wrong reasons.

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44 thoughts on “Top 5 Dark Comedies

  1. I’ve mentioned this before, but I LOVE BB and only started listening to TFV because of him. I actually could safely say I hated Anderson, most likely cuz I love Adam. Anyway, Anderson has grown on me, and tho I’m 50/50 with what he likes as far as movies, I vehemently agree with him on Fargo & Rules of Attraction. Spot on Andy! ;)

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    Posted by Elle | June 12, 2012, 2:03 PM
  2. I wouldn’t call Fight Club or Trainspotting dark comedies or they’d be on the list.

    5. Very Bad Things
    4. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
    3. Fargo
    2. Cable Guy
    1. American Psycho

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    Posted by Sam Williams | April 27, 2012, 12:02 PM
  3. Bryan is absolutely wrong about Sucker Punch. It’s on par with Watchmen and Dawn of the Dead, and much better than 300. A beautiful film.

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    Posted by adam fonker | April 19, 2012, 9:46 PM
  4. Fight club is absolutely NOT a comedy. Bryan needs to go watch it again. I have seen this movie upwards of 10 times and besides those jokes Bryan mentioned, I can’t think of a comedy-funny moment. No comedy, black/dark or otherwise, could retain that label and include such vicious violence and death – including showing meatloaf’s head blown to hamburger in a realistic scene.

    Any good story, even the darkest, should have funny moments- because that is a true reflection of life. That doesn’t make every good story a comedy.

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    Posted by stoebenau | April 19, 2012, 8:49 AM
  5. Disappointed no one mentioned my favorite dark comedy in recent memory, Four Lions.

    It’s a bit lesser-known, but as far as pitch-black comedy goes, it’s hard to beat. The plot follows four bumbling mujihadeen-aspirants in the UK as they start from scratch to train and plan for a suicide bombing.

    Info:

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/four_lions/

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1341167/

    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew-SrlQ9tlI

    Streaming on Fuckflix.

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    Posted by Cary | April 17, 2012, 10:37 PM
  6. Please do: top 5 “Now Socially Unacceptable Scenes”

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    Posted by phontaine | April 17, 2012, 2:40 PM
  7. The Bush Leaguers want ta thank the Vault once again. As just lil’ fanboys we’re blushing our faces off that our favorite movie podcast played us. And on the dark comedies podcast!! Before this episode, The League’s ass was a wad of cookie dough. After it, we were carved out of wood. Film Vault listeners, you can have our music downloads for free.
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    Posted by The Bush Leaguers | April 16, 2012, 7:59 AM
  8. I noticed Bryan ask where Abbie Cornish was hiding. Check out Somersault (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381429/). I tweeted this to Anderson but I doubt he read the tweet.

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    Posted by SteveP | April 15, 2012, 9:29 PM
  9. I really wish you guys would list your top 5 on this site instead of just listing all of the movies mentioned in the episode. I listened to your rationale for not doing it, and I think you are wrong. I listened to each episode, but then weeks later, I can’t remember which one of you mentioned which movie or where you ranked it, and looking at the list of all of the movies mentioned is pretty useless. I’m not going to listen to the entire episode again just to figure it out. If you still want people to listen to the episode, maybe you could wait a week and then just post the lists.

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    Posted by David Mack | April 15, 2012, 5:56 PM
    • I respectfully say, you’re wrong, David. Their rationale for not listing the top 5 absolutely makes sense. If you’re smart enough, you’d write down the top 5 while listening to the episode. That’s the problem with us, modern people now — laziness. Everything is convenient, everything is right in our faces, which results to sense of entitlement and yes, laziness.

      I’m sure, somehow, they’ve gotten more downloads and ‘listens’ since they’ve stopped listing their top fives. would love to get a confirmation from Logan’s records.

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      Posted by thedandyman | April 17, 2012, 12:01 PM
    • I agree with their rationale. If you find yourself forgetting, why no keep a document on your computer with the top 5s, or text/email them to yourself? They also do a recap at the end of the episode, so if you skip to the last 6 or 7 minutes usually you can get the full lists relatively easily.

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      Posted by Cary | April 17, 2012, 10:48 PM
  10. They absolutely should NOT make a sequel to The Truman Show. It ended perfectly. They spent the entire movie making you feel a mix of pity and disdain for all of the people who were so wrapped up in the life and fate of Truman, so when it ends and you want to know what’s next, you realize that you’re no better than all of the people who watched the fictional Truman TV show.

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    Posted by usffan | April 15, 2012, 4:29 PM
  11. I love the show and have warmed to Anderson over the seasons, but he was a raging asshole in this episode. It seemed like he was in a bad mood from the start and looking for a reason to walk off, until “Wag the Dog” brought him back.

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    Posted by Weevil | April 15, 2012, 4:26 PM
  12. Black Dynamite. nuff said.

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    Posted by Mark J | April 15, 2012, 4:18 PM
  13. I have long thought Anderson has an oppositional disorder, now it is confirmed. There is no way he would say anything good about Southland Tales, if it weren’t for Bryan’s disdain for it. That was one of the worst and most disappointing movies I’ve ever seen. How could you screw up a movie with that cast? It was long, pointless, and boring. Please test my theory on this Bryan, rag on a really great movie that Anderson would usually like, and see what he says when he sees it.

    The Box, not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. Warning, very weird (as you’d expect from that director).

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    Posted by moviejunkie | April 15, 2012, 6:29 AM
  14. Love Very Bad Things! Switched from AC’s Amazon to yours. Love your show and always look forward to it. Fuck the haters! I rarely watch movies and I still love your show!

    Lastly, glad to hear news that BB’s tumor seems to be regressing. Albeit on a sad note, I lost my father to something similar. Glad you’re winning the fight!

    Keep it up guys!

    PS: Logan, keep chiming in…and guys, keep shitting on him :).

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    Posted by Nic | April 14, 2012, 6:13 PM
  15. Anderson likes “Mean Creek”, a great movie that came and gone with little attention. Have you ever talked about it in depth on TFV?

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    Posted by SteveC | April 14, 2012, 6:11 PM
  16. just watched “Death to Smoochy” for the first time since I watched it in a theater ten (??!!!!!?WTF) years ago…

    It’s not bad. The thing that I noticed on my second viewing was just how god awful Jon Stewart’s “acting” was. It’s especially embarrassing when he is acting alongside Catherine Keener, who is one of the best actresses ever.
    NO OFFENSE to James Babydoll Dixon if by some 1% chance he is reading this thing. I hope that you can milk the Daily Show for every penny you can get it from it ’cause the dude doesn’t have a film career to fall back on.

    Also, as some of you guys have indicated, I’m surprised that Anderson didn’t choose “Election.”
    Aaaaand “Fight Club” is not a dark comedy.

    Fin.

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    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | April 14, 2012, 2:20 PM
  17. The marital art in the Raid is Pencak Silat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pencak_Silat), and yes, I was banging my head on my keyboard when you couldn’t think of it Anderson.

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    Posted by wayninho | April 14, 2012, 10:59 AM
    • The Raid was playing near me and I thought about going to it for a while. Anderson bringing it up made me go see it and was it ever good. Not much in terms of story or characters but the fight scenes were perfect. Even though you weren’t really attached to the characters the fights were intense and well done.

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      Posted by shouldbestudying | April 15, 2012, 11:03 PM
  18. Aw, I was looking for the full-30 list of Anderson’s also-rans.

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    Posted by Sarah | April 14, 2012, 7:13 AM
    • Network, The Frighteners, Freeway, Election, Nurse Betty, To Die For, Swimming with Sharks, Super, In the Company of Men, The Last Supper, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Wild at Heart, O Lucky Man, Natural Born Killers, Hannibal, Heathers, Man Bites Dog, Kick-Ass, The Butcher Boy, Buffalo ’66, Shaun of the Dead, Frailty, American Psycho, Harold and Maude, A clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, Withnail and I, Funny Games, After Hours, Vampire’s Kiss

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      Posted by Sarah | April 14, 2012, 7:45 AM
  19. Hey Anderson, how about those Penguins? 0-2. I hope Crosby likes to golf

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    Posted by shouldbestudying | April 13, 2012, 7:50 PM
  20. Eulogy didn’t even get an also and?!? Boo

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    Posted by Adam | April 13, 2012, 7:41 PM
  21. Hologram Vault :)

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    Posted by Sandspider | April 13, 2012, 7:20 PM
  22. at what point do Bryan and Logan switch places. Bryan interrupts Anderson constantly to contribute nothing. When Anderson mentions a movie that Bryan inevitably hasn’t heard of, he immediately turns to Logan. Brain tumor or not, let’s improve the Film Vault by making the BB for L switch immediately.

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    Posted by Matt | April 13, 2012, 7:19 PM
    • (in Teresa’s tone) “I disagree wholeheartedly!” be careful what you wish for. I like Logan but I’d bet my entire savings he’s not good enough to host TFV full time. no offense, Logie :) I’m sure even he would admit to that. Bryan is the perfect host for this podcast and his chemistry with Anderson is like H to the two-O.

      btw, I think only have $45 in my savings. lol

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      Posted by thedandyman | April 13, 2012, 10:35 PM
  23. So happy Anderson brought up I Love You to Death…such a great movie!

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    Posted by Missy | April 13, 2012, 3:53 PM
  24. Don’t watch The Box! It’s not that it’s not good, it’s worse because it’s a NOTHING! It’s a waste. I watched it and felt no emotion, no sympathy, no anticipation, no sense of anything. After I watched it, I thought to myself, “that was shit!” but it’s worse because it’s not just bad, it’s a ZERO on every level! I’m getting mad writing this…

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    Posted by Mal | April 13, 2012, 3:08 PM
  25. Movie Fun Fact:

    In the original cut of Boogie Nights, Julianne Moore was credited as Julianne Whore.

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    Posted by Zach | April 13, 2012, 3:05 PM
  26. I agree w/ chunkyrolz
    sadly, The Box is not good

    Love you guys!!! :)

    Oh & FLUFFERNUTTER!!!!!!!!

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    Posted by jnettiejones | April 13, 2012, 12:52 PM
  27. wow, thanks for reading my thanks from the other episode, fuckers. I gotta tell you, I played that segment in a loop because it felt so gooood listening to it. for some weird reason, you guys especially Logan, sounded more pleasing. almost gave me a boner

    whaa-whaaaatt?!? what’s this faggot shit?!?

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    Posted by thedandyman | April 13, 2012, 11:32 AM
  28. RETRO-comment for A Funk Band Named Machete:
    Duuuuudes, please make your music available for purchase. I don’t want to visit your site whenever I want to listen to it, which is often (Detective Nick Jackleson, GIT OUTTA MAH MAHND).

    Thanks.

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    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | April 13, 2012, 10:30 AM
  29. I believe the martial art used in The Raid is called Silat and it is badass. I studied a similar form called Kuntaw many years ago and heard about how deadly Silat was in the class. I think they used some of the filipino/indonesian martial arts like that in 300 as well.

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    Posted by hotnikks | April 13, 2012, 9:52 AM
  30. This episode cinches it, I have to have a Jim Carrey double feature. The Truman Show is so underrated.

    Anderson was in rare form today, enjoy the Box! Savor it!

    And Bryan, you call in the bet this week? The streak is OVER!

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    Posted by LFC | April 13, 2012, 8:32 AM
  31. “And now, a question of etiquette. As I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch”

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    Posted by Kyle | April 13, 2012, 8:31 AM
  32. Can’t wait to listen to this one!

    “Is that your friend in the chipper back there?”

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    Posted by Scott from Seattle | April 13, 2012, 7:23 AM
  33. The Box is terrible, don’t waste your time. The third act is such a mess. Southland, believe it or not, is better.

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    Posted by chunkyrolz | April 13, 2012, 7:22 AM
  34. what’s this faggot shit?!?

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    Posted by thedandyman | April 13, 2012, 12:35 AM
  35. YEAHHHHHHHH…..Film Vault

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    Posted by Randy | April 13, 2012, 12:02 AM

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