Dir. Rob Machado and Ian O'Roarty, 2010.
A continuation in both surf and music from Machado's film "The Drifter," this film seems to have more of the feel of a true surf film.
Take "The Drifter" and get rid of the storyline of "drifting" around Bali and "Melali" is what you get. The surf from not only Machado but also Slater, Reynolds, Robb, Dorian, Malloy, Gerber, Losness, and Tanjung, is captivating and the filming it spot on. Where his previous film tries to make the viewer feel as though his life as a pro surfer is so hard that he needs to escape everything to find solitude this one is straight surf. No nonsense, just great surfers on great waves doing.
Throw some great tunes in it and you have one great surf movie. Check it out, and it comes with a bonus CD for those surf checks, or a drive down a back road.
Dir. Chris Malloy, 2004
An insightful film on the inner workings of some of today's most talented surfers. The surfing is match by both the storyline and the cinematography.
Take two weeks, a handful of pro surfers and a farmhouse in Australia and what do you get? Shelter.
With a grainy color soaked style and a musical yet insightful flow to the flick Shelter falls into the Woodshed style. With glimpses into the personal lives of some, and the story of Britt Caillouette, Shelter makes the pros seem more human, more real. By sharing experiences from their lives and showing how surfing has always been there for them this movie has a somber undertone to it despite the action that you see.
This is not your typical high energy, high action surf film, it dives deeper into what surfing truly means to those who are sliding on screen.
Shelter is a great movie to watch with some friends on a hot summer night after a good surf and of course drinking a couple cold ones.
Bonus: The DVD comes with a CD soundtrack making long drives and dawn patrols a little more palatable.
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