All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Woody Allen takes a nostalgic look at the future.
Miles Monroe, a clarinet-playing health food store proprietor, is revived out of cryostasis 200 years into a future world in order to help rebels fight an oppressive government regime.
Sleeper was my first exposure to Woody Allen. I knew nothing of him, other than seeing an odd looking bespectacled man on the cover of Time magazine that was sitting on the coffee table a few years previous. It wasn’t the promise of Allen’s comedy, but rather the movie poster featuring a robot in a helicopter chair clutching a shrieking damsel that drew me into the shopping mall theatre that Saturday so many years ago.
My predominant memory was of my 14 year old self laughing so riotously hard that tears were streaming down my face, and I thought it a very real possibility that I would throw up.
I have seen it since, but it’s been ages. When this…
In "Sleeper," Woody Allen sends up the future while skewering the past and present in a film that starts off well before descending into silliness. Allen's standard comic sensibilities are on display as he weaves jokes about intellectuals, art, sex, and romance into smart-but-goofy blend of science fiction and comedy.
Beginning nearly two centuries in the future, the film finds a man from the 1970s thawed from a cryogenically induced slumber and forced to deal with an array a technological, cultural, and political changes. The sci-fi canvas allows star/director/co-writer, Allen, to amusingly attack his typical foils. Allen's character becomes a medical oddity, robot worker, and put-upon revolutionary in the span of 90 minutes.
The comedy ranges from smart and satirical,…
Performances : 6/10
Story : 5.5/10
Production : 6/10
Overall : 5.83/10
The first act of Sleeper is absolutely fucking hilarious. It's terrific. It's like Woody Allen's ode to the visual gag. Half slapstick genius and half neurotic brilliance, this film kicks off with a bang, telling a promising fish out of water story peppered with Allen's usual tricks.
The issue being that after that first third the laughs drop off twice the size of the one Woody drives his VW off of. What started off as a smart, original and hilarious story veers into this strange, almost TOO wacky series of missed one-liners. I don't know...maybe it's my fault for losing interest. I just don't see how over…
I don't know what the hell I'm doing here. I'm 237 years old, I should be collecting social security.
Even though I think Annie Hall and Manhattan are brilliant films, I've never been much of a fan of Woody Allen's. Right or wrong I've always felt he plays the same character in every film and has a tendency to portray himself as the suffering intellectual marooned in a sea of ignorance.
Now I'll admit that's a weird opinion to have considering I've never seen a Wooday Allen film that I didn't enjoy on some level. I'm not even sure where that started, but I can say this is the earliest film I've seen of his and the first…
One of the strangest gaps in my filmwatching has been the lack of Woody Allen films I've seen recently.
In fact, I haven't seen a Woody Allen film in at least 13 or 14 years with the last one being Small Time Crooks, which I still regard as an extremely underrated and thoroughly enjoyable crime comedy. I'm not really sure why I haven't watched any of his films since then. It could be that few of his titles since then have really compelled me to watch them, but there are a couple of notables from earlier in his career that I also haven't seen yet such as Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose Of Cairo.
Another one of Woody Allen's early funny films. A futuristic story clever and witty as always.
This film is not to be taking seriously, it's supposed to be stupidly funny and provide you with a great time of entertainment. In Sleeper Woody Allen combined verbal and a lot of physical humour, delivering a great performance together with Dianne Keaton.
The concept of the story is very cool, all of the futuristic the design sets and vehicles are minimalist and original.
Social satire is also very present, specially in political aspects. Woody's back in 1973 was trying to show how the world could be exaclty the same in those aspects even 200 years ahead of it's time, and it is also another proof that even today some things are not different or ever will be in the future.
An amusing comedy from director Woody Allen.
Doctor: Miles, have you ever taken a serious political stand on anything?
Woody: Yeah, sure. For 24 hours once I refused to eat grapes.
There's easily 100 lines that made me laugh very hard in this film. A great use of Allen's comedic talents and a wonderful homage to physical comedians of the past, such as Buster Keaton.
I don't want to say that I didn't like Sleeper, because I really do think Woody Allen is a genius. I do, however, think that it felt more like a short film or a sketch that was dragged out much too long.
Sleeper falls right in between Allen's Chaplin-esque films and his more romantic films that sort of define his career, and while both of those "eras" are remarkable wonderful, Sleeper sort of takes the weakest parts of both and combines it in to one film.
The gags are great, but that's just it -- they're gags. I was rolling after the opening sequences, but it drags on for quite a bit, and without any substantial dialogue, it feels very superficial without enough "beauty" to make up for it.
A classic film, but in all honesty, one of Allen's worst.
Amusing comedy, but seems thin compared to Allen's later works. Highlight is Allen playing Blanche DuBois.
A silly mix of futuristic sci-fi and silent comedies of old. I quite liked it but I think it would have been a stronger film if it had stuck to one genre.
As much as I enjoy Allen's writing, I sort of wish he had went ahead and made this a full on silent, slapstick film because those parts work wonderfully. It's tacked on governing body and rebellion don't fit seamlessly, but the comedy is fantastic all around.
Still funny after to all these years. Nice tribute to silent film comics like Buster Keaton. Some of the jokes though have dated, especially some specific NYC jokes like one about Albert Shanker. Few people today remember him, even young New Yorkers won't get it. That said, there is still a lot of great lines.
Woody Allen's funniest film. Easily. No doubt.
Jesus Christ, it has Woody pretending to be Blanche DuBois and Diane Keaton mimicking Marlon Brando's Stanley Kowalski. Just hilarious.
I have had this feeling for a long while now (as in, years) but I figured it was about time I finally started to watch more Woody Allen films, as I have only seen a few in my life. I'll rewatch those that I have already seen and I'll check out the many movies new to me; I don't plan on seeing all of his work, as he's still prolific even at the age of 80 and despite streaming options, showings on channels like TCM (which is how I saw this) and being able to buy at used or new stores and hopefully rent from local libraries, there are some that I'd have to see “not by legal means” and…
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