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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It's Movie Time May 29, '15: Tomorrowland

May 29, 2015

John and Hope disagree considerably about this benign summer blockbuster.

Film reviewed: Tomorrowland

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.

He's macabre and memorable.

John and Johnny survey the films of the class Film's Cool at Gateway Film Center starting June 3. Go to GatewayFilmCenter.com to register.

A Cinema Classic: Film's Cool's Films

It's Movie Time May 22, '15 Far From the Madding Crowd

May 23, 2015

It's beautiful out there in every way.

Film reviewed: Far From the Madding Crowd

by host John DeSando with 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.

Tomorrowland

May 23, 2015

May be a bit too much Disney sugar, but nourishing as no other blockbusters this summer are.

Tomorrowland

Grade: A-

Director: Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Iron Giant)

Screenplay: Bird, Damon Lindelof (World War Z), et al.

Cast: George Clooney (Monuments Men), Britt Robertson (Dan in Real Life)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 130 min

by John DeSando

When I was a kid," Frank Walker (George Clooney) says, "the future was different.”

Tangerines

May 21, 2015

War at its worst and best.

Good Kill

May 21, 2015

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Good Kill

Grade: B

Director: Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Lord of War)

Screenplay: Niccol

Cast: Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), January Jones (Unknown)

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 min.

by John DeSando

 

 

  

I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Grade: B

Director: Dave LaMattina (Brownstones to Red Dirt), Chad N. Walker (We Must Go)

Screenplay: LaMattina

Cast: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson

Runtime: 90 min.

by John DeSando

“He didn’t fit in, and he knew it.” Frank Oz

It's Movie Time May 15, '15 Roar

May 14, 2015

It's one of the worst movies ever made, but it's a hoot.

Film reviewed: ROAR

by host John DeSando with Keivn 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

Far From the Madding Crowd

Grade: A

Director: Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt)

Screenplay: David Nicholls (One Day) from Thomas Hardy Novel

Cast: Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 119 min.

by John DeSando

“I am a woman. It is my intention to astonish you all.” Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan)

Hear 28 seconds of fun in our new WCBE promo.

Every Wednesday in June, 6:30 to 8:30 pm., How to See  Movies class at Gateway with the Johns..

A Cinema Classic: Film Class 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.

John and Kevin

Film reviewed: Clouds of Sils Maria

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

Welcome to Me

May 7, 2015

It's a bit depressing.

 

  

Welcome to Me

Grade: C+

Director: Shira Piven (Fully Loaded)

Screenplay: Eliot Laurence

Cast: Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), James Marsden (X Men)

Rating: R

Runtime: 105 min.

by John DeSando

Roar

May 7, 2015

One of the worst movies ever made but amusing for its ineptitude and sincerity.

Roar

Grade: C-

Director: Noel Marshall

Screenplay: Marshall. Ted Cassidy (Thunder County)

Cast: Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 min.

by John DeSando

“This is a madhouse.” Mativo (Kyalo Mativo)

A Cinema Classic: Summer '15 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.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Grade: B

Director: Joss Whedon (Much Ado About Nothing)

Screenplay: Whedon, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby comic book

Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge), Chris Evans (Captain America)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 141 min.

by John DeSando

"Eugene O'Neill long," says Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) about an active Avengers' day.

It's Movie Time May 1, '15 Ex Machina

May 1, 2015

John and Wayne  like this machine: She's transparent!

Movie: Ex Machina

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 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

John loves Hepburn; Johnny the other two.

A Cinema Classic: The Philadelphia Story (Cinema Classics series at Gateway Film Center, Sunday May 3, at 2 PM showing, special lunch -show deal starting at noon).

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.

Clouds of Sils Maria

Apr 28, 2015

No clouds over this film--just a beautiful experience.

 

 

  

Clouds of Sils Maria

Grade: A

Director: Olivier Assayas (Something in the Air)

Screenplay: Assayas

Cast: Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Kristen Stewart (Still Alice)

Rating: R

Runtime: 124 min.

  

by John DeSando

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