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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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

Film reviewed: The Age of Adaline

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.

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

White God

Apr 23, 2015

Not your Dad's Lassie.

White Dog

Grade: B+

Director: Kornal Mundruczo (Tender Son)

Screenplay: Mundruczo, Viktoria Petranyi (Johanna), Kata Weber (Transmission)

Cast: Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter (Heavenly Shift),

Rating: R

Runtime: 121 min.

by John DeSando

“Don't be afraid, they're just a bunch of dogs.” Man at a club.

Ex Machina

Apr 23, 2015

It's still a great story about boys and girls, sci-fi notwithstanding.

The Age of Adeline

Apr 23, 2015

Enjoyable with a core of humanity but the usual Sparks-like sentimentality.

 

 

  

The Age of Adaline

Grade: B-

Director: Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever)

Screenplay: J. Mills Goodloe (The Best of Me), Salvadore Paskowitz (Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega)

Cast: Blake Lively(Town), Michiel Huisman (Wild)

Rating: PG-13

John and Johnny remark on the impact of women at the box office.

A Cinema Classic: Women at the box office.

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.

It's Movie Time April 17, '15: Woman in Gold

Apr 16, 2015

John and Linda cite Vienna and Helen Mirren as reasons to see this film.

Film reviewed: Woman in Gold

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.

True Story

Apr 16, 2015

Secrets and Lies:

 

  

True Story

Grade: A-

Director: Rupert Goold

Screenplay: Goold, David Kajganich (The Invasion) from Michael Finkel memoir

Cast: James Franco (127 Hours), Jonah Hill (Moneyball)

Rating: R

Runtime: 100 min.

by John DeSando

“Sometimes the truth isn't believable. But that doesn't mean that it's not true.” Christian Longo (James Franco)

Woman in Gold

Apr 13, 2015

Woman in Gold

Grade: B

Director: Simon Curtis

Screenplay: Alexi Kaye Campbell from E. Randol Shoenberg and Maria Altman life story.

Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 109 min.

by John DeSando

"Because people forget, you see. And then, of course, there's justice." Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren)

While We're Young

Apr 9, 2015

Oh, those yuppies are getting old.

 

  

While We’re Young

Grade: B+

Director: Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha)

Screenplay: Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Cast: Ben Stiller (Little Fockers), Naomi Watts (Birdman)

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 min.

by John DeSando

John and Hope find it amusing if not great.

Film reviewed:The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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.

Beats Disney by a Yellow-Brick mile.

John and Johnny discuss their favorite biopics.

A Cinema Classic: Our favorite biopics.

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.

It's Movie Time April 3, '15 Spring

Apr 6, 2015

John and Helmut loved this love story.

Film reviewed: Spring

by host John DeSando with guest Helmut Kremling

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

Effie Gray

Apr 6, 2015

Emma, what hapened?

 

 

  

Effie Gray

Grade: C

Director: Richard Laxton (Grow Your Own)

Screenplay: Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility)

Cast: Dakota Fanning (The Secret Life of Bees), Thompson (Much Ado About Nothing)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 108 min.

by John DeSando

Danny Collins

Apr 6, 2015

Great acting--story not so much.

 

 

  

Danny Collins

Grade: C+

Director: Dan Fogelman

Screenplay: Fogelman

Cast: Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club)

Rating: R

Runtime: 106 min.

by John DeSando

Spring

Apr 3, 2015

It's a splendid love story despite its horror touches.

 

 

  

Spring

Grade: A-

Director: Justin Benson (Resolution), Aaron Moorhead (Dating a Zombie)

Screenplay: Benson

Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead), Nadia Hilker

Runtime: 109 min

by John DeSando

“Pick your poison.” Angelo (Francesco Catnelutti)

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