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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10:32 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Cinema Classics May 23, '13: Summer 2013 Conclusion

John and Johnny finish their discussion of summer movies, 2013, for June, July, and August


A Cinema Classic: Summer Movies 2013 Conclusion


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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10:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Cinema Classics May 23, '13: Uncut 12 min Summer 2013 Conclusion

John and Johnny have 12 min uncut discussion of summer movies, 2013


A Cinema Classic: Uncut 12 min Summer Movies 2013 Conclusion


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 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Grade: B
Director: Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding)
Screenplay: William Wheeler (The Hoax) ( from the Moshin Hamid novel
Cast: Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous)
Rating: R
Runtime: 130 min.
by John DeSando

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6:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness
Grade: A
Director: J.J Abrams (Star Trek, 2009)
Screenplay: Roberto Ord (People Like Us), Alex Kurtzman (The Island), Damon Lindelof (Prometheus)
Cast: Chris Pine (This Means War), Zachary Quinto (Margin Call)
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 132 min
by John DeSando

“You think you're safe. You are not. Is there anything you would not do for your family?” John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch)

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4:15 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

At Any Price

At Any Price
Grade: B
Director: Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo)
Screenplay: Bahrani, Hallie Elizabeth Newton
Cast: Dennis Quaid (The Words), Zac Efron (Liberal Arts)
Rating: R
Runtime: 105 min
by John DeSando

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8:33 am
Fri May 17, 2013

It's Movie Time May 17, 2013: The Great Gatsby

Carolyn and John disagree about the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby.


Film reviewed: The Great Gatsby


by hosts John DeSando and Carolyn Bruck


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


John DeSando is also co-host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics and appears on Fox 28’s Man Panel.


Carolyn Bruck is a news anchor for ABC 6/Fox 28.




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11:33 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Cinema Classics May 15, '13: Uncut 10 min.Roger Ebert

In an uncut version, John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto honor the late Roger Ebert.


A Cinema Classic: Roger Ebert 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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11:32 am
Tue May 14, 2013

To the Wonder

To the Wonder
Grade: A-
Director: Terrence Malick (Tree of Life)
Screenplay: Malick
Cast: Ben Affleck (Argo), Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion)
Rating: R
Runtime: 112 min.
by John DeSando

“You got me out of the darkness.” Marina (Olga Kurylenko)

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12:20 pm
Sat May 11, 2013

The Great Gatsby

An energetic, visual delight.

The Great Gatsby Grade: B+
Director: Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge)
Screenplay: Luhrmann, Craig Pearce (Strictly Ballroom)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic), Tobey Maguire (Spiderman)
Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 143 min. by John DeSando

“The most hopeful man I ever knew.” Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire)

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5:26 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Cinema Classics May 9,'13: Summer 2013, part 1.

John, Johnny, and Jordan select a few upcoming summer movies Jordan particularly likes.


A Cinema Classic: Summer 2013 part 1.



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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5:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Cinema Classics May 9,'13: Uncut 14 min. Summer 2013, part 1

Johnny, Jordan, and John talk for a very long uncut time (14 min!) about Jordan's eccentric picks for summer movies.


A Cinema Classic: Summer 2013 part 1



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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9:17 am
Fri May 10, 2013

It's Movie Time May 10, '13: Iron Man 3

Carolyn and John review the  first blockbuster hero movie of the summer.


Film reviewed: Iron Man 3


by hosts John DeSando and Carolyn Bruck


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


John DeSando is also co-host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics and appears on Fox 28’s Man Panel.


Carolyn Bruck is a news anchor for ABC 6/Fox 28.

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4:45 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3
Grade: A-
Director: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
Screenplay: Black (Lethal Weapon), Drew Pearce (Pacific Rim) Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)
Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 130 min.
by John DeSando

“I'm Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world. So why can't I sleep?”

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9:52 am
Fri May 3, 2013

It's Movie Time May 3, '13: The Company You Keep



John and Linda review Robert Redford's new film and his career.


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10:55 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Cinema Classics May 2, 2013: 14 min.Uncut Robert Downey Jr.

John, Johnny, and Jordan are intrigued by the range and resilience of Robert Downey Jr.'s career.

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2:08 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep
Grade: B+
Director: Robert Redford (Ordinary People)
Screenplay: Lem Dobbs (Limey) From the Neil Gordon novel
Cast: Robert Redford (All the President’s Men), Shia LebEOUF
Rating: R
Runtime: 125 min.
by John DeSando

“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.” Frantz Fanon

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1:54 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mud

A small psychological thriller with a big delivery.

Mud
Grade: A-
Director: Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter)
Screenplay: Nichols
Cast: Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe), Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life)
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 130 min
by John DeSando

“You gotta watch yourself.” Mud (Matthew McConaughey)

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2:26 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

42

42
Grade: B
Director: Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale)
Screenplay: Helgeland (Mystic River)
Cast: Chadwick Boseman (The Kill Hole), Harrison Ford (Cowboys & Aliens)
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 128 min.
by John DeSando

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12:01 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines
Grade: B+
Director: Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine)
Screenplay: Cianfrance, Ben Coccio (The Beginner), Darius Marder
Cast: Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Rating: R
Runtime: 140 min.
by John DeSando

“If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder.” Robin (Ben Mendelsohn)

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