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Shelter
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Manufacturer: Genius Products (TVN)
Starring: Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes, Mat Bushell, Trevor Wright, Ross Thomas
Directed By: Jonah Markowitz
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Binding: DVD
Brand: WELLSPRING/GENIUS
EAN: 0858423001353
Format: Closed-captioned
Label: Genius Products (TVN)
Manufacturer: Genius Products (TVN)
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Genius Products (TVN)
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2008-05-27
Running Time: 89
Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
Theatrical Release Date: 2007

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Editorial Reviews:

Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family.


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Summary: Other Gay Spiritual Movies
Comment: I knew a film maker who died very suddenly and I remember thinking: "What does a film maker leave behind?" This thought was the seed that sprouted the movie: Beatific Vision.

I found myself thinking of a secret film that a character would leave behind when he dies. Not one he wished not to be found but one he planned to be found. More than a final will and testament this film was a "Beatific Vision", a view into the future of all characters and a clear mapping of the coincidences that would occur.

As I began to write the screenplay the voice of the Angel started to speak softly and occasionally. Upon many re-writes the Angel voice was vieing for main character status. I tried to reel in the angel but he (Angel Chad) wrestled control away from me.

When another close friend was passing to the other side, she added a strong dose of acceleration to the writing process. There now are so many Angels (most recently my Mother) involved, I feel I am at best the living hands to this project.

When I was a small boy my parents used to call me: Angel Michael when they wanted my behavior to change. I actually grew up thinking I was an angel including my sprouting scapula wings. Today, I do not think I am an angel but I surely believe that I am their vehicle for expression on earth.

Thank-you angels for this "angels on earth" experience!

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Summary: Gimme Shelter
Comment: I really enjoyed this movie. It's much more than a love story; its also a coming of age story that's filled with inclusive family values. The movie has some great scenes of surfing and skateboarding, as well as "bombing" the suburbs with graffiti art. In many respects, the movie combines various subcultures in a new and innovate hybridized form. Surfing, graffiti, and the gay world meet and intermingle in this novel refreshing film. The love scenes and the kissing are so tender. The emotions of the actors are so intense that I felt as though I was a participant in the movie. I was not merely a spectator, but was involved in this film completely. Seeing Zach's evolution was truly uplifting and inspiring. This is not simply a "gay film." This is the kind of film that anyone and everyone should see. No matter what your sexual orientation, you should definitely see this movie.

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Summary: BETTER THAN BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Comment: IF YOU LIKE "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN", THAN YOU WILL DEFINTELY LOVE THIS FILM. ALTHOUGH I AM A BIG FAN OF BROKEBACK, THE ACTORS IN "SHELTER" I THOUGHT WERE MUCH MORE INTENSE...AND NOT TO MENTION MUCH MORE SEXY. FOR NOT BEING HOLLYWOOD ACTORS BRAD ROWE AND THE GUY WHO PLAYS HIS BOYFRIEND ARE VERY TALENTED INDEED. THEY DELIVER A POWERFUL PERFORMANCE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL COMING OF AGE STORY THAT CAN REALLY BRING TEARS TO YOUR EYES. THE ACTING IS SO PERFECT THAT ITS ALMOST AS IF THE ACTORS ARE REALLY BOYFRIENDS. HEATH LEDGER AND JAKE GYLLENHALL DID AN EXCELLENT JOB IN BROKEBACK. BUT SHELTER IS A MUCH MORE SWEETER LOVE STORY. ALTHOUGH AT FIRST GLANCE THE GUYS SEEM STRAIGHT AND ACT AS SUCH, ITS AMAZING TO FIND THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT ALWAYS WHO THEY SEEM TO BE. THE ENDING IS AT LEAST VERY SATISFACTORY. ANOTHER BONUS TO THIS FILM IS THAT NOT ONLY ARE THE MAIN CHARACTERS GOOD LOOKING, BUT SO IS THE ACTOR WHO PLAYS BRAD ROWE'S BROTHER. THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER "EXTRAS" WHO ARE EQUALLY GORGEOUS. THIS MOVIE IS PERFECT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE IN THE CLOSET AND WANT TO FIND YOURSELF. IT TEACHES A LOT ABOUT BEING TRUE TO ONESELF AND OTHERS AND HAVING THE COURAGE TO FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN AND WHO YOU LOVE.

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Summary: Touching and emotionally charged without being sappy...
Comment: I watched this movie almost like I would have watched a fairy-tale. Actually, considering, I would say Zach is a modern Cinderella... His desires always came second after his family's and he didn't even realize how much his sister (or his absent father for that matter) took him for granted. And when his chance to have a life eventually came his way he almost pushed it away. Felt bad for Shaun - who didn't deserve at all Zach's rebiffs and second thoughts - but oh, how understandable these second thoughts and self-guessing were...
It would be difficult to choose favourite moments in the movie. There were several - loved a lot the 'fast forward over few days' silent scenes - the first showing the beginning of Zach-Shaun relationship and the last one showing a glimpse of their and Cody's life, the touching moment of Zach's apology, the comic of almost-discovery by Gabe of our couple in bed and so many others.
And, if there was any doubt, there is a happy ending. To paraphrase a publishing site, maybe there is not the certitude of 'happily ever after' but there is absolute a 'happy ending for now'. Which, considering your own quota of optimism could easily be upgraded to 'ever after'.:-)
I highly recommend this movie. It will prove a very enjoyable entertainement and will leave you smiling happily at 'the end' moment.
If you seek for more however, a big movie to make you thinking etc, this is not it.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Heartwarming and Heartbreaking
Comment: Shelter
Is the kind of movie I can watch over and over again
Partly due to the soundtrack imperticularly the song "Lie To Me" by Shane Mack .
It's your story about a young man Zack played by Trevor Wright struggling with family, responsibilities,Love, acceptance and the fear of being different as well as feeling guilty about being poor .
Zack's love intrest Shaun played by Brad Rowe is older self assured ,comfortable with who he is and doesn't have financial worries not to mention Zack's best friends brother..
Zack falls in love with Shaun,Shaun has been infatuated with Zack for a couple of years unbeknownst to Zack,Zack tries to disassociate himself from those feelings,Shaun is patient loving and kind and the rest makes for a beautiful alternative love story.



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