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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Trumbo

Nov 26, 2015

Cranston is arguably the leading contender for best actor Oscar.

It's Movie Time Nov. 27, '15 Brooklyn

Nov 26, 2015

John and Kevin love this Irish lady.

Inspired by Love the Coopers, John and Johnny explore  dysfunctional families in film.

Brooklyn

Nov 24, 2015

Ronan is a sure bet for an Oscar nomination.

Brooklyn

Grade: A

Director: John Crowley (Closed Circuit)

Screenplay: Nick Hornby (Wild) from Colm Toibin novel.

Cast: Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Jim Broadbent (Crying Game)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 111 min.

by John DeSando

“Home is home.” Tony (Emory Cohen)

It's Movie Time Nov. 20, '15 Room

Nov 21, 2015

John and Linda find Oscar material in this fine psychological thriller.

Room

Nov 21, 2015

Oscar-worthy film.

Secret in Their Eyes

Nov 21, 2015

Julia good, movie not so.

Spotlight

Nov 19, 2015

One of the best movies of the year and arguably the best journalism film of all time.

By the Sea

Nov 18, 2015

Malta is beautiful and so is Angelina. The story--not so much.

Another credible documentary on the Nazi legacy.

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

Grade:  B+

Director: David Evans (Dirt)

Screenplay: Phillipe Sands

Cast: Niklas Frank, Horst von Wachter

Runtime: 96 min.

by John DeSando

John and Wayne assess the new Bond flick and predict the future.

With the new Bond film now playing, John and Johnny look at Bond, Bourne, and beyond (especially Mission Impossible!).

A Cinema Classic: Spy Franchises

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.

Love the Coopers

Nov 13, 2015

It's rough at holiday time, but most families like the sometimes-amusing Coopers make it through to next year.

Love the Coopers

Grade: B-

Director: Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam)

Screenplay: Steven Rodgers (P.S. I Love You)

Cast: Olivia Wilde (Rush), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!)

Rating: PG 13

Runtime: 107 min.

by John DeSando

Spectre

Nov 8, 2015

It's fun but not memorable Bond.

John and Hope find some good acting amidst a messy film.

Film reviewed: Our Brand is Crisis

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.

Cinema Classics Nov. 5, '15 Spielberg & Hanks

Nov 7, 2015

John and  Jordan approve of the Spielberg-Hanks collaboration.

A Cinema Classic: Spielberg & Hanks

with host John DeSando  and guest, Jordan Hanhilammi. Johnny DiLoretto is on vacation.

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.

Suffragette

Nov 7, 2015

Mulligan is a sure Oscar nominee.

Victoria

Nov 3, 2015

You will be involved in the action.

Victoria

Grade: B

Director: Sebastian Schipper (Sometime in August)

Screenplay: Schipper, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Erike Frederic Schulz

Cast: Lala Costa (I Want You), Frederick Lau (Coming In)

Rating: NR

Runtime: 138 min.

by John DeSando

Labyrinth of Lies

Nov 3, 2015

Germany's own docudrama about hunting Nazis.  A good one.

Our Brand is Crisis

Nov 2, 2015

Sandy does well, but the film lacks focus about the machinery of political campaigning.

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