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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John and Linda don't agree on this one.

Terminator Genisys

Jul 2, 2015

Good to have Arnie back but not so much all else.

Terminator Genisys

Grade: C

Director: Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World)

Screenplay: Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), Patrick Lussler (Drive Angry)

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Maggie), Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 125 min.

by John DeSando

John and Johnny prepare for screening  35 mm Jaws at the Gateway Film Center on July 5 by praising it as a forerunner of modern thrillers.

A Cinema Classic: Jaws

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.

It's really about  living and loving, not dying.

John and Hope recall the important roles for women in film this summer so far.

Film reviewed: Women in the Summer So Far

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.

The Wolfpack

Jun 26, 2015

Like their title, they survive together.

The Wolfpack

Grade: B

Director: Crystal Moselle

Cast: The Angulo Family

Rating: R

Runtime: 80 min.

by John DeSando

In Wolfpack, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Award (2015), the Angulo family is indeed alone and secluded from its environment. Secluded in their Lower Eastside of Manhattan apartment, the 6 children have rarely gone outside because father deems New York too dangerous. That’s not the exceptional part of this odd-ball documentary.

Inside Out

Jun 25, 2015

Pixar genius.

Inside Out

Grade: A

Director: Pete Docter (Up), Ronaldo Del Carmen

Screenplay: Docter, Del Carmen, et al.

Cast:  Amy Poehler (Are You Here), Bill Hader (Superbad)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 94 min.

by John DeSando

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.”  Samuel Ullman

John goes Far From the Madding Crowd; Johnny is Mad Max.

A Cinema Classic: The Summer So Far

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.

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

Jun 18, 2015

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.

La Sapienza

Jun 18, 2015

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.

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.

The Connection

Jun 17, 2015

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

Jurassic World

Jun 15, 2015

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)

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

Jun 12, 2015

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

A Cinema Classic: Lady Laughter

Spy

Jun 8, 2015

McCarthy is the premiere motion picture comedian of her time.

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

Jun 4, 2015

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.

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

Lambert & Stamp

Jun 1, 2015

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

Pitch Perfect 2

Jun 1, 2015

A pleasure for eyes and ears.

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