Mike Kennedy

Tastes range across all genres. Not a hater - but people who chat, text, eat loudly during a film push me very close.

Favorite films

  • Wings of Desire
  • Talk to Her
  • Norte: The End of History
  • Down by Law

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  • Central Park

    ★★★★

  • Dad Made Dirty Movies

    ★★★

  • The Oratorio

    ★★★★

  • Three Summers

    ★★★½

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★

    I was not all that impressed when this film was first released in Australia as it seemed out of whack with Francis Ford Coppola’s earlier filmography.  My film journal notes recorded that the characters seemed to sink under the weight of the storytelling and that Coppola’s decision to separate himself from earlier film versions left him stranded in a weird no man’s land - neither literary adaptation nor horror movie (not even psychological horror).

    Rewatching it all these years later,…

  • Stranded: The Saints and the Birth of Punk

    Stranded: The Saints and the Birth of Punk

    ★★★★★

    I need to declare up front that I find it impossible to maintain any kind of critical distance from this documentary, directed by Serge Ou (with a segment director credit for Andy Neil) for Wildbear Entertainment, the ABC and Film Queensland.  This is the footage and the soundtrack of my 20s and it was a joy to spend a little over an hour seeing dozens of people I knew well 40  to 50 years ago, bands that were part of…

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  • Central Park

    Central Park

    ★★★★

    When a young P-plate driver decided, without indicating, to do a U-turn right in front of the tram I was on (on Melbourne’s busiest tram routes), she wiped out my chances of getting to see Frederick Wiseman’s Central Park at ACMI, along with the right side of her Honda Jazz.  Fortunately it was easy to find online, a cheaper and faster fix than the one she is facing today.

    If you had shown me the first ten minutes of this film…

  • Dad Made Dirty Movies

    Dad Made Dirty Movies

    ★★★

    I have had this on my watch list for a while and, as it was on its last two days on SBS On Demand, it became my Saturday night pick, even though it is classic Friday Trash Night fare.  This Bulgarian-German co-production was written and directed by Jordan Todorov, whose only other directing credit was a documentary short film, Bettoni faraoni (2010), about the Kalderash, an obscure Roma community.

    I always have a high index of suspicion when the main informants…

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  • It Must Be Heaven

    It Must Be Heaven

    ★★★★½

    There was a point about a third of the way through writer/director Elia Suleiman's absurdist comedy that I realised that hidden just under the surface of the very funny screenplay was a diamond-hard political edge.

    Suleiman, playing himself, opens his film in Palestine then travels to Paris and New York trying to get producers to put up the money for his latest film. He runs into Western stereotypes of what a Palestinian is and what a Palestinian film must be.…

  • The Trouble with Being Born

    The Trouble with Being Born

    ★★★★

    Thanks to a sensible approach by Australia’s Classification Board which rated the film R18+ (restricted to 18 and over), we are now able to see Sandra Wollner’s film which was pulled from the Melbourne International Film Festival virtual program after two forensic psychologists contacted by Karl Quinn, the film critic at The Age, condemned the film as “a source of arousal for men interested in child abuse material” in one case and constituting “child abuse material” in the other.  The…