John Portanova

John Portanova


Directed a Bigfoot movie. #horror fan. Blu/DVD collection is cataloged here.

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  • Red Eye

    Red Eye


    I last saw this in theaters the weekend before I left for film school. Back then I thought once I made a movie my life would be totally different and I'd be off on some grand adventure. It's now 15 years later, my 6th feature as a producer was just released 2 days ago, and I'm sitting by myself in my living room rewatching Air Collateral.

  • Small Wonders

    Small Wonders


    Dug this up on OVID, a streaming service I had never heard of that specializes in world cinema and documentaries, after watching Music of the Heart, the fictionalized telling of this same story. It ended up being a good thing I watched the Hollywood dramatization first because this doc is more interested in fly-on-the-wall footage of violin classes than rolling out a narrative. If I didn't have the plot of the Wes Craven film fresh in my mind, I'm sure…

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  • Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Bill & Ted Face the Music


    Not as funny as the first two and it falls into the question that plagues all legacy sequels: "Why now?" But the ending is so good that it makes the ride worth it and almost made me bump the rating up a half star.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture


    I've seen plenty of films that show women through the male gaze, but this is the first time I thought "man, the director really wanted to fuck that spaceship."