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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12:05 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

It's Movie Time, May 9, '14: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  John, Lula, and Keith have  differing opinions about the new Spider-Man blockbuster.

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8:48 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Cinema Classics May 8, '14: John Wayne

  John and Johnny assess the career of The Duke, John Wayne.

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5:48 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

It's Movie Time May 2, '14: Blue Ruin

  John and  Barry find pathos and humor in an excellent Cannes-winning thriller, Blue Ruin.

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5:23 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  It's mostly boring romance punctuated by some promising villainy.

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4:01 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Blue Ruin

  It's how a good revenge thriller should be made.

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12:10 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Cinema Classics May 1, '14: Annie Hall

See Annie Hall, Sunday May 4, 2 PM at the Gateway Film Center. Brunch at noon and film   for $15, only film for $7.50.  Johnny and I will share lunch with you and introduce the film.

A Cinema Classic: Annie Hall

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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1:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

It's Movie Time April 25, '14 Transcendence

  John and Hope had hope for Depp this time, but Transcendence turned into disappointment.

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1:32 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Cinema Classics April 24, '14 The Grand Wes Anderson (Repeat)

  John, Johnny, and Chris mutually admire the work of Wes Anderson and his movie entitled "The Grand Budapest Hotel." We decided to repeat our show while the film is still showing (it's that good!)

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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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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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