Vivid (1998) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
OK, I only watched this because it was a bad day for new releases. It was back in the day when retailers were still moving hesitantly into DVD, and the two biggest releases, Skulls and U-571, didn't even come out on DVD. The small new titles included nothing interesting, so I decided to return to the classics. Unfortunately, the Blockbuster clerk had a hearing problem, and when I said Kurosawa, he thought I said Kari Wuhrer. So here we have Vivid instead of Kagemusha.
This movie is so dull that, writing the review an hour after watching it, I couldn't even remember how it ended. I know that an artist has a mental block and can't create paintings or even get it up for his live-in ... until one day when he throws a tantrum and dumps a can of paint on his girlfriend/model. This turns them both on. They start rubbing paint all over each other, then they start making it like minxes. By sheer coincidence, this activity solves the artistic block at the same time, because they enjoy playing the beast with two backs while they are on his canvases, covered with paint. Bingo! The new Jackson Pollock is born.
This goes on for - well, for pretty much the entire Kama Sutra, and maybe a few of the sequels, like the Kama Longwithme and the Kama N'down.
His agent is thrilled at the new passion in his work, and his woman is thrilled by the new passion in his heart. Then some bad stuff happens, and then they work it out. Or something.
As erotic thrillers go, it gets no stars for the the "thrilling" aspect. Except for a very few lines, Shellen and Wuhrer have all the dialogue. The whole movie is basically just two people locked in one room (keeps the budget down), and frankly I couldn't keep my hands off the remote. In addition to the claustrophobic sets, their acting was inconsistent. Some scenes are quite natural and convincing, while others are blocked and acted with limited forethought.
On the other hand, the erotic part is good. Kari wanders around stark naked, both with and without paint jobs, and the scenes where they make love and mix the paint colors are genuinely erotic, and the whole process takes place in good light with clear photography.
... at least I thought it was exciting the first few times they did it. I did get tired of it after a while, though, since they just kept repeating the same device with the same two people, albeit in different positions and with different colors of paint. If they had added some more people or some different gimmicks, it could have been hotter. Anyway, it is still pretty good erotica, and if you like to watch sexy movies with your wife or girlfriend, this one may turn you both on.
Luscious is the famous softcore staring Kari
Wuhrer as a struggling fashion model. Her boyfriend (Stephen Shellen) is
an artist plagued with self-doubt and unable to paint. In a fit of rage
at his creative and sexual impotence, he throws paint at Kari, who is
modeling for him, and is both both artistically and sexually aroused by the look of the paint on her skin. They screw on a canvas, and end up
creating a masterpiece. The new technique is the hit of the art world,
but there are a few more things to overcome for the couple before their
relationship becomes solid.
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