All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
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.
"I'm what you would call a teleological, existential atheist. I believe that there's an intelligence to the universe, with the exception of certain parts of New Jersey."- Miles Monroe
Woody Allen's take on Sci-Fi is quite an enjoyable experience. His vision of the future is a lot of fun. As is the norm with Woody, Sleeper is full of great humor and tons of great lines of dialogue. I loved the homage he payed to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey by having Douglas Rain (the voice of HAL in 2001) voice the computer in this one. Overall Sleeper is a fun film from early in Woody Allen's career. 7.5/10
Forget David Lynch, because long before he adapted "Dune", it was Woody Allen who awakened the "Sleeper", in a film that probably can't be any cheesier than David Lynch's "Dune". Hey, even though this film is about an attempt to overthrow dictators of the future and all that jazz (The lead is a jazz musician; nyuk-nyuk-nyuk), the expected hero of this comedy is some loser who accidently gets cryogenically frozen, so this is probably more like pre-"Futurama" or pre-"Idiocracy", but either way, the only thing serious about this film is its being some serious sci-fi. Not that Diane Keaton was ever drop-dead gorgeous, but one of the funniest pieces of sci-fi in this film is Woody Allen's ending up with…
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…
A comedy like no other! That doesn't necessarily make it great though. I'm a HUGE Woody Allen fan but for whatever reason I had never seen this movie. It's often noted as his greatest comedy but I really don't think it's all that great. His comedy is much more alive in wonderful films like "Play It Again Sam" and "Love & Death"
Sleeper isn't bad.. in fact, it's damn near exceptional work but I just really don't like it all that much. I wish I did, but in the end I think I laughed less at this movie than I do during most of his dramas. Major kudos for his (frighteningly accurate at times) view of the future though! That's worth a star on it's own merit!
Couldn't believe when Woody Allen turned into Blanche DuBois
Wonky barely begins to describe this film. I am not sure if I understand Woody Allen yet, but we will see.
Need to re-watch. 5/5 for now
"een doldwaze komedie, met geslaagde slapstickelementen, ondersteund door jazzy muziek (met Allen op klarinet)"
Diane Keaton should be in every movie
This wacky, wisecracking comedy will never be considered alongside the likes of Annie Hall & Manhattan as one of Woody Allen's best. However, with its inventive blend of slapstick silliness that captures the spirit of Buster Keaton, and Allen's distinctively delirious dialogue, it remains a riotous ride.
From the NYT website:
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I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
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