John DeSando

It's Movie Time and Cinema Classics Co-Host

John holds a doctorate in English literature and has been a humanities professor, teaching award recipient, and university academic vice president.

In 2010 he was awarded the Los Angeles Press Club’s first place National Entertainment Journalism Award for best radio feature.

John is on the boards of Actors’ Theater, Shadowbox Live, Early Music of Columbus, Gateway Film Center, and Crichton Club.

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4:57 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Cinema Classics March 26, '15: Bullitt

A Cinema Classic: Bullitt--See it at Gateway Film center April 5 at 2 PM.

With co-hosts John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto

Award-winning Cinema Classics discusses great movies then and now. From films, genres, directors, and actors to everything else in between, the hosts don't always agree, but they are always fun and informative.

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

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6:29 am
Fri March 20, 2015

It's Movie Time March 20, '15 Run All Night

John and Wayne enjoy Liam's action formula.

Film reviewed: Run All Night

by host John DeSando with guest, Wayne Miller

It's Movie Time has won numerous national awards including LA Press Club, MarCom, Silver Microphone, Communicator, and Hermes Creative honors.

Listen to the live show on WCBE 90.5 Fridays at 3:01 and 8:01 PM.

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, is also co-host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics. Contact him at JDeSando@Columbus.rr.com

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6:24 am
Fri March 20, 2015

The Gunman

  

The Gunman

Grade: D

Director: Pierre Morel (Taken)

Screenplay: Don MacPherson (The Avengers), Pete Travis (Dredd) from  jean-Patrick Manchette novel

Cast: Sean Penn (Milk), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)

Rating: R

Runtime: 115 min.

by John DeSando

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7:35 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Cinema Classics March 19, '15 Liam Neeson

A Cinema Classic: Liam Neeson

With co-hosts John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto

Award-winning Cinema Classics discusses great movies then and now. From films, genres, directors, and actors to everything else in between, the hosts don't always agree, but they are always fun and informative.

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

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3:10 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Run All Night

  

Run All Night

Grade: B

Director: Juame Collet-Serra (Non-Stop)

Screenplay: Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace)

Cast: Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer)

Rating: R

Runtime: 114 min

by John DeSando

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” From the Bible, Galatians VI (King James Version):

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2:50 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Above and Beyond

Above and away a super doc.

Above and Beyond

  

Grade: A

Directors: Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie)

Screenplay: Sophie Sartain (Blessed is the Match), Sophie Sartain

Cast: Jd Roth-round, Mike van den Dobbelsteen

Rating: Documentary

Runtime: 90 min.

by John DeSando

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10:21 am
Thu March 12, 2015

It's Movie Time March 13, '15 Leviathan and Red Army

John and Linda disagree, then agree.

Film reviewed: Leviathan, Red Army

by host John DeSando with guest Linda Baas McClelland

It's Movie Time has won numerous national awards including LA Press Club, MarCom, Silver Microphone, Communicator, and Hermes Creative honors.

Listen to the live show on WCBE 90.5 Fridays at 3:01 and 8:01 PM.

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10:18 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Cinema Classics March 12, '15 The Auteur Theory

Inspired by Rikki Santer's Upper Arlington film class, John and Johnny tackle the famous auteur theory.

A Cinema Classic: The Auteur Theory

With co-hosts John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto

Award-winning Cinema Classics discusses great movies then and now. From films, genres, directors, and actors to everything else in between, the hosts don't always agree, but they are always fun and informative.

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

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10:11 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Buzzard

Buzzard

Grade: B

Director: Joel Potrykus (Ape)

Screenplay: Potrykus

Cast: Joshua Burge (Ape), Joel Potrykus (Ape)

Rating:

Runtime: 97 min

by John DeSando

“I may live badly, but at least I don't have to *work* to do it.” Hitchhiker from Richard Linklater’s Slacker.

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6:21 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

It's Movie Time March 6, '15:The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

John and Hope find it amusing if not great.

Film reviewed:The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

by host John DeSando with guest, Hope Madden

It's Movie Time has won numerous national awards including LA Press Club, MarCom, Silver Microphone, Communicator, and Hermes Creative honors.

Listen to the live show on WCBE 90.5 Fridays at 3:01 and 8:01 PM.

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6:09 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Leviathan

Russian cinema in the dark tradition.

Leviathan

Grade: A-

Director:  Andrey Zvyagintsev (Elena)

Screenplay: Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin (Elena)

Cast: Aleksey Serebryakov,

Rating: R

Runtime: 140 min.

by John DeSando

The Priest: “All power comes from God. As long as it suits Him, fear not.”

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6:30 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Red Army

More than just hockey.

 

  

Red Army

Grade: A-

Director: Gabe Polsky (The Motel Life)

Screenplay: Polsky

Cast: Vyacheslav Fetisov, Scotty Bowman

Rating: PG

Runtime: 76 min.

by John DeSando

“Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.” Wayne Gretsky

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6:02 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  

Grade: B-

Director: John Madden (Shakespeare in Love)

Screenplay: Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

Cast: Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van), Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 122 min.

by John DeSando

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4:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Cinema Classics March 5, '15 Oscars Post Mortem

John and Johnny have fun with the Oscars.

A Cinema Classic: Oscars Post Mortem

With co-hosts John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto

Award-winning Cinema Classics discusses great movies then and now. From films, genres, directors, and actors to everything else in between, the hosts don't always agree, but they are always fun and informative.

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

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6:11 am
Thu February 26, 2015

It's Movie Time February 27, '15:McFarland, USA

It's solid family fare.

Film reviewed: McFarland, USA

by host John DeSando with guest Kevin Carr

It's Movie Time has won numerous national awards including LA Press Club, MarCom, Silver Microphone, Communicator, and Hermes Creative honors.

Listen to the live show on WCBE 90.5 Fridays at 3:01 and 8:01 PM.

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, is also co-host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics. Contact him at JDeSando@Columbus.rr.com

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8:07 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Cinema Classics Feb 26 , '15 Kevin Costner

A Cinema Classic: Kevin Costner

Costner  has revived his career.

With co-hosts John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto

Award-winning Cinema Classics discusses great movies then and now. From films, genres, directors, and actors to everything else in between, the hosts don't always agree, but they are always fun and informative.

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

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7:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

McFarland, USA

McFarland, USA

Grade: B

Director: Niki Caro (North Country, Whale Rider)

Screenplay: Christopher Cleveland (Glory Road) et al.

Cast: Kevin Costner (White or Black), Maria Bello (Prisoners)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 128 min.

by John DeSando

McFarland, USA, is Disney, USA, with a PG rating, nary a bad word, and very happy people, especially the Mexican families. Also, everyone is good looking and caring.  But, you know, I like a true, uncomplicated, old- fashioned, small town story about a little team that can.

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2:27 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

It's Movie Time February 20, '15: Fifty Shades of Grey

Film reviewed: Fifty Shades of Grey

by host John DeSando with guest Linda Baas McClelland

It's Movie Time has won numerous national awards including LA Press Club, MarCom, Silver Microphone, Communicator, and Hermes Creative honors.

Listen to the live show on WCBE 90.5 Fridays at 3:01 and 8:01 PM.

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, is also co-host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics. Contact him at JDeSando@Columbus.rr.com

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2:25 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Cinema Classics Feb 19 , '15 Oscar Predictions

A Cinema Classic: Our predictions for the Oscars.

With co-hosts John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto

Award-winning Cinema Classics discusses great movies then and now. From films, genres, directors, and actors to everything else in between, the hosts don't always agree, but they are always fun and informative.

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

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1:59 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Timbuktu

A remarkably tranquil film hiding  lamentably oppressed lives.

Timbuktu

Grade: A

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako (Life on Earth)

Screenplay: Sissako, Kessen Tall

Cast:

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 97 min.

by John DeSando

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