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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2:56 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cinema Classics Jan 22, '15: Preview 2015 Films

John and Johnny survey the new films for 2015.

A Cinema Classic: 2015 Preview

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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1:53 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Winter Sleep

A slow, beautifully written drama set in Turkey.

Winter Sleep

Grade: A-

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Screenplay: Ceylan, et al.

Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Melissa Sozen

Runtime:196 min.

by John DeSando

"You always float to the surface like olive oil." Necla (Demet Akbag)

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6:54 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Little Accidents

These accidents are not "little."

Little Accidents

Grade: B

Director: Sara Colangelo

Screenplay: Colangelo

Cast: Elizabeth Banks (W.), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 105 min

by John DeSando

“What do you think it’s like to die?”  Owen (Jacob Lofland)

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6:12 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

Grade: B

Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike), Luc Dardenne

Screenplay: Dardennes

Cast: Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 95 min

by John DeSando

“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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3:41 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

It's Movie Time January 16, '15: American Sniper

Film reviewed: American Sniper

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.

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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3:37 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Song One

A one-note romance.

Song One

Grade: C+

Director: Kate Barker-Froyland

Screenplay: Barker-Froyland

Cast: Anne Hathaway (Interstellar), Johnny Flynn (Something in the Air)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 86 min

by John DeSando

Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues, you find out it's music of just plain people.” Brownie McGhee

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1:58 am
Fri January 16, 2015

American Sniper

It's rough out there in real life.

American Sniper

Grade: B

Director: Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers)

Screenplay: Jason Hall (Paranoia), from Chris Kyle book

Cast: Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher)

Rating: R

Runtime: 134 min.

by John DeSando

“That was evil like I’ve never seen before.” Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper)

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7:05 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Cinema Classics Jan. 15, '15 The National Film Registry

John and Johnny discuss  new entries in The National Film Registry

A Cinema Classic: The National Film Registry

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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5:26 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

It's Movie Time January 9, '15: Forgotten Films of '14 and Celebrating It's Movie Time's 700th show

Clay Lowe and John DeSando started It's Movie Time 14 years ago.

Film reviewed: Forgotten Films of '14 and celebrating

It's Movie Time's 700th Show

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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5:13 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Grade: B

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be blood)

Screenplay: Anderson, from Thomas Pynchon novel

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Josh Brolin (Labor Day)

Rating: R

Runtime: 148 Min

by John DeSando

“Doc may not be a ‘Do-Gooder’ but he's done good.” Sortilege (Joanna Newsom)

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6:02 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Selma

A first-class tribute to The Civil Rights Movement and MLK.

Selma

Grade: A

Director: Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere)

Screenplay: Paul Webb

Cast: David Oyelowo (A Most Violent Year), Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 122 min.

by John DeSando

“We must March! We Must Stand up!” Dr. King

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4:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Cinema Classics Jan 8, '15: War Movies

Inspired by Unbroken, American Sniper, and Fury, John and Johnny explore war movies.

A Cinema Classic: War movies

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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7:55 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Oracabessa

Powerful, thoroughly-modern thriller.

Oracabessa

Director: Richard A. Nelson (The Endangered)

Screenplay: Nelson

Cast: Brooklyn Sabino Smith, Dino Trapodis

by John DeSando

“A man and a woman in any kind of relationship are always at war. It's just a matter of, to what degree.” Oracabessa (Brooklyn Sabino Smith)

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5:37 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Goodbye to Language 3D

Godard will mess with your head, and you'll like it.

Goodbye to Language 3D

Grade: B+

Director: Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless)

Screenplay: Godard

Cast: Heloise Godet (Girl on a Bicycle), Kamel Abdell (Harissa mon amour)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 70 min.

by John DeSando

“Those lacking imagination take refuge in reality.” (Beginning on-screen text)

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4:55 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

It's Movie Time January 2, '15: The Interview

John and Wayne hope Kim Jong-un doesn't hear this show!

Film reviewed: The Interview

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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1:58 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Cinema Classics Jan 1, '15: Paul Thomas Anderson

John and Johnny are inspired by Inherent Vice to look at director Paul Thomas Anderson's work.

A Cinema Classic: Paul Thomas Anderson

by 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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3:17 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

It's Movie Time Dec 26, '14: Unbroken

John and Linda review director Angelina Jolie's impressive and flawed Unbroken.

Film reviewed: Unbroken

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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3:14 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

The Interview

A fun movie if you don't expect it to be as subversive as North Korea does.

The Interview

Grade: B

Director: Evan Goldberg (This is the End), Seth Rogen (This is the End)

Screenplay: Dan Sterling

Cast: James Franco (Palo Alto), Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express)

Rating: R

Runtime: 112 min.

by John DeSando

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12:36 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Cinema Classics Dec 25, '14 E.W. '14 Movie Choices

John and Johnny review E.W.'s best of '14.                                         

A Cinema Classic: Entertainment Weekly's best films of 2014.

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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12:30 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

The Imitation Game

Turing joins other Oscar heroes this year like Hawking, Zamperini, and Moses.

The Imitation Game

Grade: A

Director: Morten Tyldum (Headhunters)

Screenplay: Graham Moore from the Andrew Hodges book.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (August: Osage County), Keira Knightly (Laggies)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 114 min.

by John DeSando

“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” Joan Clarke (Keira Knightly)

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