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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6:10 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Mommy

Superb acting.

  

Mommy

Grade: B+

Director: Xavier Dolan (Tom at the Farm)

Screenplay: Dolan

Cast: Anne Dorval (Miraculum), Antoine—Oliver Pilon (Laurence Anyways)

Rating: R

Runtime: 139 min

by John DeSando

“We still love each other, right?” Steve Després (Antoine-Oliver Pilon)

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5:02 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Still Alice

Moore has the Oscar.

Still Alice

Grade: A-

Directors: Richard Glatzer (The Last of Robin Hood), Wash Westmoreland (Quinceaera)

Screenplay: Glatzer, Westmoreland from  Lisa Genova novel

Cast: Julianne Moore (Don John), Alec Baldwin (Blue Jasmine)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 101 min.

by John DeSando

“But this isn't fair.”  Lydia Howland (Kristen Stewart)

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10:37 am
Fri February 13, 2015

It's Movie Time February 13, '15: Mr. Turner

Genius artist, genius filmmaker.

Film reviewed: Mr. Turner

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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2:09 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Mr. Turner

It's what superior biopics do: bring to life the geniuses of our civilization.

Mr. Turner

Grade: A

Director: Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies)

Screenplay: Leigh

Cast: Timothy Spall (Topsy-Turvy)

Rating: R

Runtime: 150 min.

by John DeSando

“The Sun is God.” JMW Turner (Timothy Spall)

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1:41 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey

 

 

  

Power is the name of this game, not sex.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Grade: C

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy)

Screenplay: Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) from E.L. James novel

Cast: Dakota Johnson (Need for Speed), Jamie Dornan (Marie Antoinette)

Rating: R

Runtime: 125 Min.

by John DeSando

"My inner goddess is dancing the merengue." Anastasia Grey from the novel, Fifty Shades of Grey

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1:25 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Farewell, Herr Schwarz

Expert, if too serious, chronicle of a Jewish filmmaker's attempt to solve a 1945 mystery.

Farewell, Herr Schwarz

Grade: B+

Director: Yael Reuveny (Tales of the Defeated)

Screenplay: Reuveny

Cast: Peter Schwartz, Etty Reuveny

Rating: Documentary

Runtime: 96 min.

by John DeSando

The impact of my grandma's story changed the course of my life. But that force doesn't only affect me.” Yael Reuveny

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10:12 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Cinema Classics Feb 12 , '15 Jessica Chastain

A Cinema Classic: Jessica Chastain

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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6:17 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

It's Movie Time Feb 6, '15: A Most Violent Year

Best crime drama in recent memory.

Film reviewed: A Most Violent Year

by host John DeSando

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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6:02 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Match

It's the words that match.

Match

Grade: A

Director: Steven Belber (Management)

Screenplay: Belber

Cast: Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Nemesis)

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 min.

by John DeSando

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4:50 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Jupiter Ascending

A hot mess from the geniuses responsible for The Matrix. Go figure.

 

  

Jupiter Ascending

Grade: D+

Director: Andy Wachowski (The Matrix), LanaWachowski

Screenplay: Wachowskis

Cast: Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 127 min.

by John DeSando

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5:56 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Cinema Classics Feb 5, '15: Biopics

John and Johnny discuss their favorite biopics.

A Cinema Classic: Our favorite biopics.

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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5:50 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Black or White

Costner is back.

Black or White

Grade: B-

Director: Mike Binder (Reign Over me)

Screenplay: Binder

Cast: Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves), Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 121 min.

by John DeSando

“She’s got the best of both worlds” (song over the credits)

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4:28 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Cinema Classics Jan. 29 , '15 Favorite Past Oscar Winners

A Cinema Classic: Favorite Past Oscar Winners

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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4:26 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

It's Movie Time January 30, '15: Diplomacy

Film reviewed: Diplomacy

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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12:38 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Monk WIth a Camera

Monk with a Camera

Grade: B+

Director: Tina Mascara (Chris& Don: A Love Story) Guido Santi (Chris                   & Don . . .)

Screenplay: Documentary

Cast: Nicky Vreeland, et al.

Runtime: 90 min.

by John DeSando

Pretty remarkable transformation.

You haven't partied until you've partied at dawn in complete silence with Buddhist monks.” Cameron Diaz
 

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12:10 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Song of the Sea

Hand-drawn, heartfelt Irish animation in the Secret of Kells family.

Song of the Sea

Grade: A-

Director: Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells)

Screenplay: Will Collins (My Brothers) from Moore story

Cast: Brendan Gleeson (Calvary), voice, Fionnula Flanagan (Four Brothers), voice

Rating: PG

Runtime: 93 min.

by John DeSando

My son, remember me in your stories and in your songs. Know that I will always love you, always.”  Mother Bronagh

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5:31 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

A Most Violent Year

One of the best low-key crime movies in years.

A Most Violent Year

Grade: A

Director: J.C. Chandor (All is Lost)

Screenplay: Chandor

Cast: Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jessica Chastain (Interstellar)

Rating: R

Runtime:

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5:05 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Black Sea

Cliched but still scarily claustrophobic.

Black Sea

Grade: C+

Director: Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland)

Screenplay: Dennis Kelly

Cast: Jude Law (Dom Hemingway), Scott McNairy (Argo)

Rating: R

Runtime: 115 min.

by John DeSando

“I lost my family because of this job.” Captain Robinson (Jude Law)

It’s dark and dangerous under the entombing Black Sea, and the crew assembled by Cpt. Robinson in the film of the same name goes there by sub to retrieve several million dollars in gold from a sunken Nazi U boat.

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3:34 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Diplomacy

One of the best-acted films in recent memory.

Diplomacy

Grade: A

Director: Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum, The Handmaid’s Tale)

Screenplay: Cyril Gely (from his play), Schlondorff

Cast: Neils Arestup (War Horse), Andre Dussollier (Amelie)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 84 min

by John DeSando

“The dark outside world of Paris under German occupation exerted a strong containing pressure.” Gerard Debreu

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1:22 am
Fri January 23, 2015

It's Movie Time Jan 23, '15: Little Accidents

John and Wayne review a writer/director's first feature, Little Accidents.

Film reviewed: Little Accidents

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.

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