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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  • Masculin Féminin

    ★★★★

  • Our Hospitality

    ★★★★

  • Convict 13

    ★★★½

  • Demon Pond

    ★★★★

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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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  • Masculin Féminin

    Masculin Féminin

    ★★★★

    The four films that I have picked for a long weekend of Godard films from Melbourne’s tribute screenings are ones that I have not seen for ages and/or, like this film, I have never seen on a big screen.  I first saw this film on 16mm at high school in the late 60s and I have seen it since on DVD, but like the Sirk films in the recent Melbourne Cinémathèque season, I am seeing things here that I had…

  • Our Hospitality

    Our Hospitality

    ★★★★

    It is a measure of the rate at which Buster Keaton films were produced that there were 19 short films between Wednesday night’s first film, Convict 13 (1920) and this one, released just three years later. Keaton still had second billing in the director credits (this time with Jack Blystone) but this is a substantial step forward from Convict 13 - at 65 minutes, it is almost three times as long; its sound stage and exterior locations are much more complex;…

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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…