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History of Everything F/K/A Kissy Cousins Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis Reviews

THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING…KISSY COUSINS MONSTER BABIES & MORPHING ELVIS

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The Monthly Film Festival

We have to state from the beginning that ‘The History of Everything…’ is among the most unique comedies we’ve had the chance to watch at this festival since day one. Filmed and produced in a ‘short’ period of more than two decades, this brilliant comedy feature is exactly like a good wine: it gets better as time goes by.

 The film is divided in two parts that are very important for the storyline – the first one dates back to the beginning of the 90’s, (more precisely 1993) a time when the standards in art were different and when everything looked like an edgy music video for the new wave of teenagers. The second part of it is represented by ‘the present day’ time, where Trump is already an important key figure, and subjects like Obamacare or other news bits appear as everyday subjects.  For us, the first part of this feature film is our favorite one because it brings back that vintage yet not that old feeling we grew up with, reason why we literally can see our childhood there. For any 25+ years old viewer, this movie will be like a passage to a brilliant childhood, where monsters were something normal in high-school movies, where loud screamings were covering the fake laughters of the so-called live audiences, where the haircuts were as bad as the pop music (with some exceptions, of course), and where the vintage presence made you feel the dusty smell of a vacuum cleaner on a Saturday morning.

The two main characters, Peter Grover (played by Steve Kearney), and John Potters (played by David Belafonte) are the ultimate typological characters for that generation. Whilst going through Wayne Keeley’s film for the second time, we really felt the true vibe of the 90’s in these two characters, all the more so since their first encounter looked like when Beavis met Butthead. The comedic effect gets more powerful with every scene.

It’s not hard to observe the real subtle side of this movie, which is the general mocking of everything and everyone. In the first part, the old one, Peter and John are making fun of the industry, the actors or the casting habits whereas in the second part they come to focus their attention on mundane subjects. Overall, this film superbly combines the old and new vibes, delivering a set of emotions any generation can relate with.  And yes, it is true what the director stated in the plot overview: “The next Rocky Horror”, and that’s because when  watching it we felt the same energy and sense of uniqueness we have experienced years ago when ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ was everywhere. ‘The History of Everything’ is nevertheless a timeless (soon to be) classic!

 

TMFF RATING:

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Rome Prisma Indepebdent Awards

“The History of Everything Circa 1993 to the Present Formerly Known as Kissy Cousins Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis” by Wayne Keeley

June 25, 2018
 
 Doing reviews for an independent low-budget festival means that you usually bump into low budget features that had little or no possibility to fully express the potential of the screenplay. It is very rare to watch and evaluate a movie that presents a complete, experimental and effective style and unique language: that’s the case of this very peculiar movie “The History of Everything Circa 1993 to the Present Formerly Known as Kissy Cousins Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis” that, starting from the title, shows some stylistic language innovations that we found not only entertaining, but also valuable and interesting.

When we talk about “language” we mean that in every aspect of this movie there’s a peculiar approach: acting is crisp and grotesque and the two actors from the first part of the film create a world of their own. All their mimics, movement and body language create a very funny rhythm that entertains us and makes a very subtle satire of some popular cliches of cinema. It is funny to see actors like Jack Plotnick and Steve Kearney when they were younger in a move that was released now.

Cinematography, considering that the most of the film was shot long ago, now gives us back a TV 90’s image that is perfect for this kind of narration. It brings us back to the lighting and camera work of Twin Peaks and to that kind of imaginary.

Editing is where most of the ideas of this film lie: the hundreds of associations with classical Hollywood movies make the whole film an interesting tour into the History of Cinema and of its cliches.

Screenplay presents a very funny plot twist that works like a chinese box: suddenly the main story becomes a movie inside a movie and that episode opens up new possibility for this picture. The second part of the film is a little less complete technically speaking, and the switch to today’s camera has proven to be difficult to manage.

Overall the whole movie looks like it has been empowered by the long time that has passed before the release: it now looks like a massive critique and satire of the whole entertainment system done through the same images, soundtracks, words and sounds that it has created in these 125 years.

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Pinnacle Film Awards for Narrative Films

“This movie had me rolling in laughter. Kissy Cousins is a great comedy with a high production value. A++” — Festival Director Pinnacle Film Awards

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Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festiva

“Biblical Fucking Amazing!” — Festival Director, Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival

_________________________________________________________________________________Reviews from Michael Medved and Jeffrey Lyons 

 

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About Stephanie & Wayne

Stephanie is a journalist, writer, editor, and has had several hundred articles published in various newspapers and magazines, many of which still are available online under “Stephanie Lyons Schultz”. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and was a practicing psychotherapist. She currently is a professor of psychology at WCSU and NVCC in Connecticut. Wayne is an Emmy-Award winning writer, producer, and director. He has produced many programs and documentaries that have appeared on television, and have been distributed to schools, libraries, and home video. Wayne also is a practicing attorney with a Masters degree in Law from NYU. In addition, he is a professor of communications at WCSU. Together, this recently wed couple write, produce, and direct as many of their stage, screen, and TV projects as they can with a full house -- their combined brood of seven! Some of their work has been featured this summer and fall off off Broadway; other work currently is under option. They hope to continue to promote more of their projects in the coming months! Feel free to write whatever comments you like! We want your feedback!

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