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.

Ways to Connect

Papa Hemingway in Cuba

Apr 29, 2016

I just like hanging with Papa.

John and Johnny, inspired by Midnight Special and 10 Cloverfield Lane, review some sci-fi classics.

Green Room

Apr 26, 2016

Like 10 Cloverfield Lane, another smart horror delight.

John and Hope have a few laughs over one of the best comedies in recent years.

John and Johnny visit Gateway's 70 mm classic comedy, Ghostbusters.

A Cinema Classic: Ghostbusters

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 Stay connected on Facebook.

Too Late

Apr 22, 2016

Neo-noir at its dark, depressing best. Hawkes is the neo-Bogey.


Apr 22, 2016

Another lonely eccentric played to perfection by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Hardcore Henry

Apr 19, 2016

It's a wild ride through the eyes of a frenetic cyborg-like hero, and it's as fun as a video game.

Everybody Wants Some!!

Apr 18, 2016

One of the best comedies in years. Linklater at his best.

John and Kevin admire but differ about this impressive sci-fi.

John and Johnny honor another John, one of filmdom's most flexible and successful actors, John Goodman.

The Jungle Book

Apr 12, 2016

First-rate entertainment for the whole family.

Born to Be Blue

Apr 12, 2016

Another artist's life in substance abuse.  Help!

Born to Be Blue

Grade: C+

Director: Robert Budreau (That Beautiful Somewhere)

Screenplay: Budreau

Cast: Ethan Hawke (Good Kill)

Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hr 37 min

by John DeSando

Midnight Special

Apr 12, 2016

One of the best science fiction films  in years.

It's Movie Time April 8, '16 City of Gold

Apr 7, 2016

John and Linda love food but not as much as LA food critic, Jonathan Gold.

One More Time

Apr 7, 2016

Good to see Chris Walken anytime.

CIty of Gold

Apr 7, 2016

Ethnic  food is golden in this delightful documentary.

City of Gold

Grade: B

Director: Laura Gabbert (No Impact Man: The Documentary)

Screenplay: Gabbert

Cast: Jonathan Gold, et al.

Rating: R

Runtime: 1 h 36 min.

by John DeSando

“A hundred different dishes can be good in a hundred different ways.” Jonathan Gold

Thinking about Batman v Superman, the boys look at the genre as well.

Eye in the Sky

Apr 4, 2016

The eyes have it.

John and Johnny imitate their heroes by fighting about the merits of Batman v Superman. Film reviewed: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They are using this show for next week's Cinema Classics as well.

by host John DeSando and guest Johnny DiLoretto

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