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,…
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.
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…
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.
Sleeper is a fantastically entertaining slapstick sci-fi satire. Funnily I've spent the last 3 days binging on Fallout 4, and what film do I watch first after starting the game? A film that takes a man 200 years into the future after being cryogenically frozen- very similar to the game. The difference here being that this has no intention of being bleak, this is a playful adventure of a man trying to work his way through a dense and different society with his heart and humour in check. It is over the top and ridiculous, but also has a lot to say on how we presently live - it is surprisingly present given it is 40 years old, especially around…
even set in 2173, woody allen's film are still very very funny. allen's usual satirical - and delightfully mordant - humor is very much present but it makes room for a lot of visual humor, in which allen also excels. a tad weaker second act though.
I'm not really the heroic type. I was beat up by Quakers.
Luna Schlosser: So then, what do you believe in?
Miles Monroe: Sex and death - two things that come once in a lifetime... but at least after death, you're not nauseous.
Golden Age of Silent Comedies meets The Sci Fi future. Woody and Keaton are terrific as always..The one liners come at a rapid pace..The creme de la creme has to be Diane imitating Brando and Woody imitating Leigh from A Streetcar named desire.
My very first date, I was 10. Yes, I took a girl to a movie at 10. :p We laughed so hard she spilled part of her drink on my coat. Its zany, funny and involves a silly version of the future. My life long love of sci-fi and topics like time travel and such, this film represents a rite of passage for me and therefore its on my top 10 film list.
Sleeper is classic Woodman. And I'm talking pre-Hannah classic, pre-Annie Hall classic. This is early 70s, almost-completely-free-from-any-pretention, "early, funny" Woody-Allen. While the ending is a little short & premature, I love Sleeper's dodgy 70s Sci-Fi vibe - for example it was filmed in buildings quite futuristic in the 70s that look terrible today, or the fact that in the 70s, the future looked like huge reels of computer tape and robot dogs. There's satire in Sleeper, but most of the satire has been dealt already in "serious" sci-fi cautionary tales like "1984", here it's an odd parody of the satire. I dig however Woody's defeatist "we're screwed no matter who's in charge" philosophy though, perhaps his only serious contemplation in this…
This movie is kind of wack. This was only Allen's fourth(?) movie so I guess I should cut him some slack but idk it just felt sloppy and silly but not in a good way. Not my type. I don't dig slapstick. What saves it is Diane Keaton and the fact that it's still so hilariously 70s even though it's set in the future.
This guy really hates Norman Mailer
Woody Allen playing it just for laughs in this acceptably zany and very fun comedy. I even enjoyed the jokes that went completely over my head.
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