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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6:48 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

It's Movie Time May 22, '15 Far From the Madding Crowd

It's beautiful out there in every way.

Film reviewed: Far From the Madding Crowd

by host John DeSando with 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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6:37 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Tangerines

War at its worst and best.

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7:49 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Good Kill

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Good Kill

Grade: B

Director: Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Lord of War)

Screenplay: Niccol

Cast: Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), January Jones (Unknown)

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 min.

by John DeSando

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8:35 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Cinema Classics May 21, '15 Horror Films

John and Johnny look at some current horror flicks and some old ones.

A Cinema Classic: Horror Films

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 Thursdays on WCBE 90.5 FM and online at WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

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3:04 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

 

 

  

I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Grade: B

Director: Dave LaMattina (Brownstones to Red Dirt), Chad N. Walker (We Must Go)

Screenplay: LaMattina

Cast: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson

Runtime: 90 min.

by John DeSando

“He didn’t fit in, and he knew it.” Frank Oz

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9:35 am
Thu May 14, 2015

It's Movie Time May 15, '15 Roar

It's one of the worst movies ever made, but it's a hoot.

Film reviewed: ROAR

by host John DeSando with Keivn 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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9:28 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far From the Madding Crowd

Grade: A

Director: Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt)

Screenplay: David Nicholls (One Day) from Thomas Hardy Novel

Cast: Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 119 min.

by John DeSando

“I am a woman. It is my intention to astonish you all.” Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan)

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4:27 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Cinema Classics Promo 5-'15

Hear 28 seconds of fun in our new WCBE promo.

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9:10 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Cinema Classics May 14, '15 Film Class Preview

Every Wednesday in June, 6:30 to 8:30 pm., How to See  Movies class at Gateway with the Johns..

A Cinema Classic: Film Class Preview

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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5:18 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

It's Movie Time May 8, '15 Clouds of Sils Maria

John and Kevin

Film reviewed: Clouds of Sils Maria

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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3:31 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Welcome to Me

It's a bit depressing.

 

  

Welcome to Me

Grade: C+

Director: Shira Piven (Fully Loaded)

Screenplay: Eliot Laurence

Cast: Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), James Marsden (X Men)

Rating: R

Runtime: 105 min.

by John DeSando

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3:29 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Roar

One of the worst movies ever made but amusing for its ineptitude and sincerity.

Roar

Grade: C-

Director: Noel Marshall

Screenplay: Marshall. Ted Cassidy (Thunder County)

Cast: Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 min.

by John DeSando

“This is a madhouse.” Mativo (Kyalo Mativo)

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8:26 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Cinema Classics May 7, '15 Summer '15 Preview

A Cinema Classic: Summer '15 Preview

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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12:28 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Grade: B

Director: Joss Whedon (Much Ado About Nothing)

Screenplay: Whedon, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby comic book

Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge), Chris Evans (Captain America)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 141 min.

by John DeSando

"Eugene O'Neill long," says Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) about an active Avengers' day.

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6:28 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

It's Movie Time May 1, '15 Ex Machina

John and Wayne  like this machine: She's transparent!

Movie: Ex Machina

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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12:29 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Cinema Classics April 30 '15: The Philadelphia Story

John loves Hepburn; Johnny the other two.

A Cinema Classic: The Philadelphia Story (Cinema Classics series at Gateway Film Center, Sunday May 3, at 2 PM showing, special lunch -show deal starting at noon).

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.

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5:34 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Clouds of Sils Maria

No clouds over this film--just a beautiful experience.

 

 

  

Clouds of Sils Maria

Grade: A

Director: Olivier Assayas (Something in the Air)

Screenplay: Assayas

Cast: Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Kristen Stewart (Still Alice)

Rating: R

Runtime: 124 min.

  

by John DeSando

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4:46 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

It's Movie Time April 24, '15: The Age of Adaline

Film reviewed: The Age of Adaline

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.

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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4:20 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

White God

Not your Dad's Lassie.

White Dog

Grade: B+

Director: Kornal Mundruczo (Tender Son)

Screenplay: Mundruczo, Viktoria Petranyi (Johanna), Kata Weber (Transmission)

Cast: Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter (Heavenly Shift),

Rating: R

Runtime: 121 min.

by John DeSando

“Don't be afraid, they're just a bunch of dogs.” Man at a club.

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3:08 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Ex Machina

It's still a great story about boys and girls, sci-fi notwithstanding.

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