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I realized today that I'm getting lethargic with all this doom and gloom on the news and it's time to get some more laughter in my life. 

What usually works is to get some old apocalypse and post-apocalypse movies out of the library and have a good giggle.  Can anyone help me think of some good movies to watch that poke fun at the kinds of things that are in the news these days?

I'm starting with Doctor Strangelove.



What should I watch next?
 
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The Discreet Charm of the BOurgeoisie by Luis BUnuel.

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Start the Revolution Without Me.

The Mouse that Roared.
 
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the great dictator

(no apocalypse, but good all the same)
 
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The city of lost children



Delicatessen

By the same director.  I love the bit with the Vegan underground
 
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"A Boy and His Dog"

Also, take a look at the number of stories written by sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick that have been made into prescient recent films:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001140/?ref_=tt_ov_wr
 
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Little doom and gloom here but some of the best laughs I've had lately in front of the small screen.
What We Do in the Shadows

 
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The Mouse that Roared.



Watching this right now.  So funny!
 
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This is one of my all time favourites! 
 
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I find that satirical black comedy works when I'm in the mood that you seem to be in.

As such, there are few better than the New Zealand film  BLACK SHEEP   although as a sheep farmer yourself, it may give you some strange nightmares.  My personal favorite character was the hippie girl: the writers hit every stereotype perfectly; particularly when they were in the tunnel underneath the experimental  GMO sheep farm.  I was rolling on the floor with laughter.
 
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Starship Troopers.

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My favorite is The Stand by Stephen King.  I wish it wasn't so long.
 
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Ranson,
I enjoy dystopia stories, they may have elements of future truths, such as

Fareheit 451, 1966 film. Ray bradbury "predicted everything from flat-panel televisions to earbud headphones and twenty-four-hour banking machines." The actual book is great too
Recently i spent an enjoyable evening watching 'Withnail and I' and the glumness and lack of romance in it was refreshing, good solid script and well acted
OH! On the line of doomy british films, try 'Eat the rich' 1987 film, i recall its funny, gross, and probably not as doom and gloom as Dr Strangelove.

Idiocracy. Seems silly in the beginning, but try and roll with it, til your laughing at the shame of it!

Brave new world, the 1980 film versions true to the book, babies made in jars with genetic selection, anyone?

Soylent green, and, They live....depending on how you view the world, may seem rather poignant

Existenz, 1999 film, ah, i saw this at a film festival that year, one of my first in the genre....blurs reality with an interactive game

The quiet earth, 1985, maybe being Kiwi helps to appreciate this one, but it is theoretically a possible story line anyway

I doubt your library has them, but, the Spider Jerusalem graphic novels were a kicker to me, for conceivable future possibilty (though i rather hope not likely!)

 
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