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, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
  • Down by Law

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  • Bahia of All Saints

    ★★★½

  • Um Dia na Rampa

    ★★★½

  • The Traveler

    ★★★★

  • First Case, Second Case

    ★★★★

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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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  • Bahia of All Saints

    Bahia of All Saints

    ★★★½

    ***Contains some spoilers to discuss the sexual politics and class issues in the film.***
    Like most of the other films in this Cinelimite online program, this was the first, and only, feature film written and directed by José Hipolito Trigueirinho Neto, although he did make a short film, Apelo, in 1963.  My Portuguese is limited to the social niceties but I am assuming that the film’s title, Bahia de Todos os Santos is a play on words on the location where…

  • Um Dia na Rampa

    Um Dia na Rampa

    ★★★½

    When I saw the silhouetted image that Letterboxd was using for Luiz Paulinho dos Santos’s documentary short film (10:09), I assumed it was a fisherman, since the Cinelimite synopsis describes its subject as “a day on the market ramp of the Mercado Modelo in Salvador, Bahia”.  The cameras of Waldemar Lima, David da Costa Nunes and Marinaldo da Costa Nunes show us boats striking their sails and pulling into the dock as workmen unload cargoes of bananas, pumpkins, corn, pineapples…

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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…