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Beach Red Review


Excellent
If you've ever been curious where Terrence Malick stole his flashback-infused war film The Thin Red Line from, check out Beach Red, a clear influence for the picture in more ways than one. What starts off like any other war film (storming the beaches at Normandy, an examplary series of special effects for 1967) rapidly turns on its ear, as the various soldiers are developed via flashbacks to their lives at home: Families, girlfriends... director Cornel Wilde shows us that soldiers are people too, and that war is more than just a few bullets traded on the battlefield. Remarkably soulful for a war movie from 40 years ago, Beach Red is underseen but highly worth watching.

The Naked Prey Review


Very Good
Truly disturbing, The Naked Prey has virtually no dialogue yet somehow required two writers to come up with it. The concept is simple: Men on an African safari manage to piss off the local tribesmen, then end up captured and put to death one by one. One man is fed to the cobras, another is covered in clay and baked over a fire (egads!), and another is cut loose so he can be hunted. The bulk of the film feature Cornel Wilde (known only as "Man") on the run, only a few steps ahead of his unflagging assailants. It's real edge-of-the-seat stuff, and though it isn't all that well made (Wilde also directed and produced) it's still a spine-tingling, unforgettable classic.
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