Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy

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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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  • Scarred

    ★★★

  • Mirror Mirror

    ★★★★

  • VGL-Hung!

    ★★½

  • Le Weekend

    ★★★½

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  • 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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  • Scarred

    Scarred

    ★★★

    Unfortunately Damien Rae’s debut film was something of an anticlimax after a tense, and intense, final in the men’s gymnastics team competition in Tokyo.  After the four man teams had completed their rotations on the six apparatus, the results were Russia 262.5, Japan 262.397 and China 261.894.  Superb performances, palpable tension, and tears all round once it was over.  You could not script this.

    Rae adapted his screenplay from a short story, “Scar Tissue”, by Gordon Beeferman, and for 70…

  • Mirror Mirror

    Mirror Mirror

    ★★★★

    John Winter’s short film (11 minutes) ticks all of the boxes: one clearly realised idea, a tight screenplay, great cinematography, and a memorable performance from one of Australia’s most underrated character actors (139 IMDb acting credits).

    Joe (Roy Billing) is a balding, middle-aged man that we first see sitting at a dressing table and sadly clearing away perfumes, lipsticks and other makeup.  He is not cleaning up her house after his mother has died, although we will find out that…

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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.…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★½

    No, just no.

    I was going to leave my review of this mess of a movie there but my Twitter feed has been filling up with people gushing about the film and a quick check of the critic-aggregator sites shows I am an outlier here by a big margin. In fact, the last time I can remember people crying and proclaiming that their overwhelming emotional reaction to a film had “changed their lives” like this was Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me…