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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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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2:44 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

The Age of Adeline

Enjoyable with a core of humanity but the usual Sparks-like sentimentality.

 

 

  

The Age of Adaline

Grade: B-

Director: Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever)

Screenplay: J. Mills Goodloe (The Best of Me), Salvadore Paskowitz (Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega)

Cast: Blake Lively(Town), Michiel Huisman (Wild)

Rating: PG-13

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12:21 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Cinema Classics April 23, '15 Women at the BoxOffice

John and Johnny remark on the impact of women at the box office.

A Cinema Classic: Women at the box office.

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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3:40 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

It's Movie Time April 17, '15: Woman in Gold

John and Linda cite Vienna and Helen Mirren as reasons to see this film.

Film reviewed: Woman in Gold

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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1:21 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

True Story

Secrets and Lies:

 

  

True Story

Grade: A-

Director: Rupert Goold

Screenplay: Goold, David Kajganich (The Invasion) from Michael Finkel memoir

Cast: James Franco (127 Hours), Jonah Hill (Moneyball)

Rating: R

Runtime: 100 min.

by John DeSando

“Sometimes the truth isn't believable. But that doesn't mean that it's not true.” Christian Longo (James Franco)

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9:22 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold

Grade: B

Director: Simon Curtis

Screenplay: Alexi Kaye Campbell from E. Randol Shoenberg and Maria Altman life story.

Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 109 min.

by John DeSando

"Because people forget, you see. And then, of course, there's justice." Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren)

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5:17 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

While We're Young

Oh, those yuppies are getting old.

 

  

While We’re Young

Grade: B+

Director: Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha)

Screenplay: Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Cast: Ben Stiller (Little Fockers), Naomi Watts (Birdman)

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 min.

by John DeSando

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11:36 am
Thu April 9, 2015

It's Movie Time March 6, '15: (Repeat)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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5:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Beats Disney by a Yellow-Brick mile.

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8:37 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Cinema Classics April 9 '15: Biopics (Repeat)

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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6:25 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

It's Movie Time April 3, '15 Spring

John and Helmut loved this love story.

Film reviewed: Spring

by host John DeSando with guest Helmut Kremling

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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6:10 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Effie Gray

Emma, what hapened?

 

 

  

Effie Gray

Grade: C

Director: Richard Laxton (Grow Your Own)

Screenplay: Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility)

Cast: Dakota Fanning (The Secret Life of Bees), Thompson (Much Ado About Nothing)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 108 min.

by John DeSando

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5:54 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Danny Collins

Great acting--story not so much.

 

 

  

Danny Collins

Grade: C+

Director: Dan Fogelman

Screenplay: Fogelman

Cast: Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club)

Rating: R

Runtime: 106 min.

by John DeSando

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8:02 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Spring

It's a splendid love story despite its horror touches.

 

 

  

Spring

Grade: A-

Director: Justin Benson (Resolution), Aaron Moorhead (Dating a Zombie)

Screenplay: Benson

Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead), Nadia Hilker

Runtime: 109 min

by John DeSando

“Pick your poison.” Angelo (Francesco Catnelutti)

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5:11 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Cinema Classics April 2, '15 Unbiased Docs

The John's disagree about unbiased documentaries.

A Cinema Classic: Unbiased Documentaries

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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12:51 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Wild Tales

Most of these tales are laugh-out-loud funny and terribly poignant.

Wild Tales

  

Grade: A

Director: Damian Szifron (On Probation)

Screenplay: Szifron (The Bottom of the Sea)

Cast: Dario Grandinetti (Talk to Her), Maria Murull (The Bottom of the Sea)

Rating: R

Runtime: 122 min.

by John DeSando

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2:23 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

It's Movie Time March 27, 15 The Gunman

Film reviewed: The Gunman

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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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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