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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5:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Finding Vivian Maier

A first-rate and informative documentary about one of America's most accomplished but unknown street photographers.

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8:18 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Transcendence

  Another Depp fly-by.

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6:26 am
Sun April 20, 2014

It's Movie Time April 18, '14 Dom Hemingway

John and Helmut see an Oscar-worthy performance by  Jude Law in Dom Hemingway.

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6:21 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Heaven Is for Real

It won't make you a believer in Heaven, but it will make you afraid to live in a small town if you have different ideas.

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Movies
8:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Cinema Classics April 17, '14 Hollywood Beauties Then and Now

John and Johnny get nowhere listing their favorite Hollywood beauties then and now.

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8:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dom Hemingway

Law should be an Oscar candidate  playing Dom Hemingway.

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8:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Under the Skin

Under the Skin

Grade: B

Director: Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast)

Screenplay: Walter Campbell and Glazer from Michael Faber novel.

Cast: Scarlett Johansson (Captain America), Jeremy McWilliams

Rating: R

Runtime: 108 min.

by John DeSando

“The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is out of touch with any other person.” Erich Fromm

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8:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

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10:06 am
Fri April 11, 2014

It's Movie Time April 11, '14 Under the Skin

John and Wayne cautiously recommend the sci-fi thriller, Under the Skin, with a  completely exposed Scarlett Johansson.

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9:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Raid 2: Berandal

The martial arts approach ballet, and the drama is not half bad, too.

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9:11 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Cinema Classics April 10, '14 Ennio Morricone

Composer Ennio Morricone

John and Johnny pay homage to the great cinema composer, Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, et al.)

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10:18 am
Thu April 3, 2014

It's Movie Time April 4, '14: Noah

John and Linda try to be reverential about this epic tale of the great shipwright.

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11:09 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Warrior

A fine work of comic-book nostalgia.

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10:53 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

It's not porn; it just looks like it.

Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1

Grade: B+

Director: Lars von Trier (Run Lola Run)

Screenplay: von Trier

Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia), Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 118 min.

by John DeSando

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Movies
9:25 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Noah

Noah is awash in over-the-top drama but still entertaining for this time of dead-zone movie year.

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3:15 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

It's Movie Time March 28, '14: Divergent

John and Jess chat about the new young adult thriller, Divergent.

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7:34 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Cinema Classics March 27, '14 Breathless

John, Johnny, and Chris are, well, breathless about Gateway Film Center's next cinema classic, Breathless (1960), on Sunday, April 6, with optional brunch in the Torpedo Room at noon and the movie at 2 pm.

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5:36 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Divergent

Good old-fashioned young-adult storytelling.

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1:25 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

It's Movie Time March 20, '14 The Grand Budapest Hotel

John and Helmut are pleased with Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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9:56 am
Wed March 19, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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