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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  • All Screwed Up

    ★★★½

  • INXS - Live Baby Live - Wembley Stadium

    ★★★★

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★

  • The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★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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  • All Screwed Up

    All Screwed Up

    ★★★½

    This film occupies an interesting place in writer/director Lina Wertmüller’s filmography - it still has some trappings of the commedia all’italiana genre into which she had breathed new life but its turn to broad farce to make its political and social points seems to me to herald a change in tactics, if not direction.

    Gigi (Luigi Dilberti) and Carletto (Nino Bergamini) are two more in the line of Wertmüller characters who are rural workers moving from Sicily to Milan looking…

  • INXS - Live Baby Live - Wembley Stadium

    INXS - Live Baby Live - Wembley Stadium

    ★★★★

    David Mallet’s live concert film, shot by Adrian Wild and his team and edited by Kyle Smart, was this week’s music special on ABC TV. The concert was recorded live on 13 July 1991 at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of almost 74,000 fans as part of the band’s Summer XS tour and remastered for a cinema release.  It was then remastered again for its 2003 DVD release and I could not tell from the end credits last night which…

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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…