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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3:40 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

It's Movie Time June 19, '15: Jurassic World

John and Wayne are like kids with Wayne's toys as they praise Jurassic World.

Film reviewed: Jurassic World

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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3:38 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

La Sapienza

Light, loving, and arty. It's great summer fare.

La Sapienza

Grade: A-

Director: Eugene Green (Toutes les nuits)

Screenplay: Green

Cast:  Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot  

Runtime: 109 min.

by John DeSando

Love is difficult enough in any language and art form, so layer a French film in a Swiss-Italian setting (Ticino is in southern Switzerland) with an architecture motif, and you have an insight into what makes it all work—light. La Sapienza will indeed make you wise if it doesn’t confound you with its arty dialogue.

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11:48 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Cinema Classics June 18, '15 Brad Bird

Director Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a disappointment. What's his career been like?

A Cinema Classic: Brad Bird

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

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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8:35 am
Wed June 17, 2015

The Connection

Expert French thriller with a hint of a French Connection.

The Connection

Grade: A-

Director: Cedric Jimenez

Screenplay: Jimenez, Audrey Diwan

Cast: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Rating: R

Runtime: 135 min.

by John DeSando

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6:14 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Jurassic World

Nothing pre-historic about this filmmaking. It's modern thrills from 65 million years ago.

Jurassic World

Grade: B

Director: Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed)

Screenplay:  Rick Jaffa (Dawn of Planet of the Apes), et al.

Cast: Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 124 min.

by John DeSando

“Something is wrong. They're communicating.” Barry (Omar Sy)

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3:15 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

It's Movie Time: June 12, '15--Spy

She's now a Hollywood golden girl.

Film reviewed: Spy

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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1:58 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Cinema Classics June 11, '15 Lady Laughter

A Cinema Classic: Lady Laughter

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1:57 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Spy

McCarthy is the premiere motion picture comedian of her time.

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5:00 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

It's Movie Time June 5, '15 Pitch Perfect 2

John and Wayne enjoy the music, dance, and characters-- just about everything.

Film reviewed: Pitch Perfect 2.

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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4:55 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Cinema Classics June 7, '15 Young Frankenstein

John and Johnny prepare for Young Frankenstein screening at the Gateway Film Center Sunday, June 7 at 2 PM.

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1:53 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Lambert & Stamp

What The Who!

Lambert  & Stamp

Grade: B+

Director: James D. Cooper

Cast: Kit Lambert, Chris Stamp, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend

Rating: R

Runtime: 117 min.

by John DeSando

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1:46 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2

A pleasure for eyes and ears.

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5:15 am
Fri May 29, 2015

It's Movie Time May 29, '15: Tomorrowland

John and Hope disagree considerably about this benign summer blockbuster.

Film reviewed: Tomorrowland

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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5:14 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Dark Star: HR Giger's World

He's macabre and memorable.

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8:37 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Cinema Classics May 28, '15 Film's Cool's Films

John and Johnny survey the films of the class Film's Cool at Gateway Film Center starting June 3. Go to GatewayFilmCenter.com to register.

A Cinema Classic: Film's Cool's Films

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3:12 pm
Sat May 23, 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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3:04 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Tomorrowland

May be a bit too much Disney sugar, but nourishing as no other blockbusters this summer are.

Tomorrowland

Grade: A-

Director: Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Iron Giant)

Screenplay: Bird, Damon Lindelof (World War Z), et al.

Cast: George Clooney (Monuments Men), Britt Robertson (Dan in Real Life)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 130 min

by John DeSando

When I was a kid," Frank Walker (George Clooney) says, "the future was different.”

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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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