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Movie Review: Brothers of the Head

Alternate Title: Two Heads are Better Than One

Story: Can a film about conjoined rocker twins be a mainstream hit? Probably not - but I do see this film becoming a cult favorite down the road. Directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe ( The Man Who Killed La Mancha) have an interesting career ahead of them and I will be watching.

Filmed in a documentary, cinema verite style this intriguing story follows conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe, who, as teens, are sold by their father to an impressario who wants to make them Rock's next super hit. The time is the 1970's when drugs, sex and rock 'n roll sure needed something else ...conjoined rockers.

The film is haunting, entrancing, sometimes loudly annoying, but always riveting. If I did not know that this film was fiction I would have looked these guys up when I got home. It is based on the 1977 novel by Brian Aldiss and scripted by Toni Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).

Acting: Real life non-conjoined twins Harry and Luke Treadaway knock the ball out of the park with their performances. You can feel the lonely depth of the emotional life these conjoined twins led. All of the actors stay in character during the entire film. Bryan Dick, Tania Emery, Sean Harris, Tom Bower, Howard Attfield, Steven Eagles and a funny cameo by Ken Russell.

Predilection: I have always had a long time fascination with twins, conjoined or otherwise.

Critters: Birds appear in many dream sequences.

Food: Eggs and toast

Soundtrack: Loud and pounding

Theater Audience: Fairly crowded with New Yorkers wanting to escape the summer heat.

Weather: Mostly filmed indoors where it is dark and camera jiggly. The dream sequences are sunny and mild.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 4

Squirm Scale: 2

Drift Factor: No time to drift.

Predictability Level: They speak of the twins in the past tense which sets up us for the film's end.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: The camera is too jiggly for my tastes.

Big Screen or Rental: Either

Length: 100 minutes

LOBO HOWLS: 6