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Back to the Future with Woody Allen’s ‘Sleeper’

Back to the Future with Woody Allen’s ‘Sleeper’ (photo)

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Woody Allen’s futuristic comedy Sleeper is a hilarious look at a future filled with scientific advances, modern gadgets, and strangely oversized fruit. The film is filled with anachronisms including a Dixieland score played by Allen with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and New Orleans Funeral & Ragtime Orchestra. It’s just one of the many quirks of Allen’s fourth film that makes it so much fun to watch.

When health food store owner Miles Monroe goes in for routine surgery, something goes terribly awry, and he dies on the table. Luckily his sister has the foresight to have him cryogenically frozen. He wakes, cured of that pesky death thing, 200 years in the future. Luckily Diane Keaton is there to help smooth his transition into the brave new world of robot dogs, robot servants, and butterscotch pudding that won’t stop growing. The future America is ruled by a bland dictator and Miles is soon swept protesting and cowardly (of course) into the underground resistance. There he meets Luna (Keaton) a rebel leader and ersatz poet who hates him on sight.

It’s the most slapstick of all of Allen’s films, bringing to mind the escapades of Laurel and Hardy more than, say, his later work like Hannah and Her Sisters. Luckily for the audience, Woody Allen excels in the genre and the movie moves along at a brisk, hilarious pace. But, it’s not just one slapstick tableau after another, as in all of Allen’s movies, the dialogue is subtly high brow, literary, and complex. It’s also a love story. Rather, as the trailer describes it, the movie is, “A love story about two people who hate each other 200 years in the future.” While Diane Keaton and Woody Allen may hate each other, we’re pretty sure you will love them.

Sleeper airs on IFC at 2:35 p.m. ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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