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A LESSON ON LOVE MAKING VS.FUCKING: a Review Of THE ICING

A LESSON ON LOVE MAKING VS.FUCKING: a Review Of THE ICING

It takes a special kind of Alchemy to create a film that hits bad and then flies past it without pause right to the annals of so bad it’s good cult film. Films like this tend to live much longer than their “good” brethren..Maybe it’s our meanness as people that make us so attracted to cinematic train wrecks…or maybe it’s just the sheer earnest effort that goes into these types of films that makes us drool for them..For be it’s a simple matter of enjoying being entertained and the delight I feel when a film succeeds in doing so for me despite it’s shortcomings..correction, because of them. As rare as films that truly fit into this sub-catagory are, all the more rare are directors who can take this type of label with grace and good humor, this makes Director Derek Braasch and his film The Icing both great finds here at B-is For Best. Let’s take a look at the self described “erotic Thriller” The Icing

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THE ICING Introduces Fin Scott, a former cop turned man for hire who finds himself in a deadly game with the widow of a murdered State Senator, The Widow,Marilyn is one crazy bitch and will stop at nothing to win the love and affection of Fin..Even if it means destroying everything he cares about to get his attention.

Part Fatal Attraction, part late night Cinemax softcore and all grade-B Cheese gold, The Icing is a film that may fail at being the hard hitting dramatic Thriller/action film it seems to want to be but succedes in being something that can only be described as The Room of Thriller movies (Or the Hercules In New York of Erotic films..whichever you prefer.)  The urge to please an audience and sheer energy of this thing makes it impossible not to like even as your laughing your ass off at lines like “It’s possible to fuck a woman without having feelings for her and it’s possible to make love to a woman with feelings for her but you can’t make love to a woman without feelings for her..that’s impossible” and “Good thing I didn’t fall asleep…I snore like a bear” (followed by uproarious laughter and back clapping)

The cinematography here was very reminiscent of what you would see from old TNT original shows, dark and video-ish, but I have to admit quite a few of the shots (Especially during the chase scene) were actually quite impressive and creative, all of the night shots were very well lit and well executed and while this wasn’t high art (and shouldn’t have been) cinematographer James Adkins obviously took his job very seriously and gave it his all, giving us a very 80’s cop movie feel that worked quite well with the material.

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The acting here was….fun..This is where the ultra cheese factor really comes into play. The complete miscasting of a chunky Calvin Klein model look-alike as a rough housing, hardcore ex-cop was hysterical, as was his blase’ manner through the majority of the film regardless of what dialog or action he was performing.  The actress who played Marilyn actually put forth the best performance in the film, which made the hysterically bad dialog she was delivering all the more funny..In fact A lot of the film came across like everyone else was in on the joke that this was a silly off kilter B-movie and had convinced her that they were working on the next Basic Instinct!

The music here was actually really good, sparse as it was. This was another area that brought to mind 80’s cop and action movies. It was simple, Casio like stuff..but effective at getting me into the proper mood for the cheese on the screen.

The story was another area that was quite a bit of fun, taking a plausible idea and then taking it to laughably over the top the extremes and creating a plot twist straight out of a dime store crime novel. I also have to point out that the scenes where the two former cops are interacting and the ones with the inept criminals who fin ran out of town are actually really funny..and those are actually supposed to be.

Overall I loved this movie. With the proper exposure this one could easily become a cult classic to be proudly presented with the likes of The Room, Glen Or Glenda, Blood Freak and the like, something to show your drunk or stoned party members. it’s one I plan to revisit (which with the volume of films I recieve says quite a lot) and I have to say I am very happy that I seem to be the first reviewer to touch on it, as I think the larger sites would likely have unjustifiably torn it apart. There’s a lot to enjoy here. I give it No Middle Fingers up. It may not have succeeded in the ways it wanted to..but damned if it isn’t more fun then it would have been if it did!

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