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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9:49 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Cinema Classics Sept 19, '13: Uncut 11 min. Oscar Snubs

A Cinema Classic: Uncut 11 min. Oscar Snubs


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 DeSando is also co-host of WCBE’s It’s Movie Time. Contact him at JDeSando@Columbus.rr.com

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3:11 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now
Grade: A-
Director: James Ponsoldt (Smashed)
Screenplay: Scott Neustadter [ (500) Days of Summer], Michael H. Weber (The Pink Panther 2), from Tim Tharp novel
Cast: Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Rating: R
Runtime: 95 min.
by John DeSando

“Life is a series of moments called now.” Sutter (Miles Teller)

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1:21 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

It's Movie Time September 13, '13: Ain't Them Bodies Saints

John and Jess are big fans of this Terrence Malick-like drama.

Film reviewed: Ain't Them Bodies Saints

by host John DeSando with guest, Jessica Lager

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

John DeSando is also co-host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics.

Jessica Lager, a film graduate of Columbia College, is in media and marketing at ECOT (The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow)

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1:03 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Short Term 12

Short Term 12

Grade: A

Director: Destin Cretton

Screenplay: Cretton

Cast: Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now), Frantz Turner (Play the Game)

Rating: R

Runtime: 96 min.

by John DeSando

"You are not their friend, and you are not their therapist," Jack (Frantz Turner) to Grace (Brie Larson)

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4:51 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Family

It's brutally funny, not all the time.

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10:48 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Cinema Classics Sept. 12, '13: Hollywood Model Implosion



John, Johnny, and Chris discuss  Spielberg and Lucas's prediction of the Hollywood model implosion.


A Cinema Classic:  Hollywood Model Implosion


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.

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10:11 am
Tue September 10, 2013

It's Movie Time September 6, '13: The Act of Killing

John and Hope  are moved by the astonishing documentary, The Act of Killing. 

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1:22 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

A luscious, moody noir set in '70's Texas.

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11:02 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Cinema Classics Sepember 5, '13: Fall Preview, pt. 2

The Johns preview new films for Nov. and Dec., '13.

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1:24 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

It's Movie Time August 30, '13: Prince Avalanche

John and Jessica  have a few laughs over an eccentric indie, Prince Avalanche.

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1:20 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

The Act of Killing

Don't see this doc if you demand to witness a just world in your movies.

The Act of Killing

Grade: A- Director: Joshua Oppenheimer (The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase) with Christine Cynn

Cast: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto as themseves

Rating: NR

Runtime: 115 min.

by John DeSando

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets” Voltaire

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7:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Cinema Classics August 29, '13: African American Films

After seeing Lee Daniels' The Butler, John and Johnny reminisce about African American films.

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6:51 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Way Way Back

Unusually unaffected summer coming-of age tale.

Grade: B+

Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Screenplay: Faxon, Rush

Cast: Liam James (Fred Claus), Steve Carell (Crazy, Stupid, Love)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 103 min.

by John DeSando

Pam: Where were you Duncan?

Duncan: Nowhere.

Pam: That's a long time to be nowhere?

Duncan: Well that's where I was!

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12:46 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Prince Avalanche

Grade: A-
Director: David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express)
Screenplay: Green
Cast: Paul Rudd (This is the End), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild)
Rating: R
Runtime: 94 min.
by John DeSando

“You tried kill yourself by jumping off a 12 foot cliff?” (Lance to Alvin)

I'm a sucker for minimalism and absurdism, the kind Samuel Beckett and Jerry Seinfeld make their own: terse dialogue about nothing that somehow elicits humor and becomes something deeper with thoughts about life, loss, and hope.

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1:45 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Closed Circuit

Disappointing crime drama saved by being set in London.

Closed Circuit

Grade: C

Director: John Crowley (Is Anybody There?)

Screenplay: Steven Knight (Redemption)

Cast: Eric Bana (Hanna), Jim Broadbent (The Crying Game)

Rating: R

Runtime: 96 min

by John DeSando

“From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few.” John Updike

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4:08 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

It's Movie Time August 23, '13: Blue Jasmine (repeat)

Although Linda and John  don't agree on Woody's overall work, they do agree Blue Jasmine is a winner.

Film reviewed: Rebroadcast from Aug 1, '13--Blue Jasmine

by host John DeSando with guest host, Linda Baas

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

John DeSando is also co-host of WCBE’s Cinema Classics.

Linda Baas is an interior designer and has previously guest-hosted  It's Movie Time.

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3:57 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Blue Jasmine

One of Woody's best.

Blue Jasmine

Grade: A

Director: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Screenplay: Allen

Cast: Cate Blanchett (Hanna), Alec Baldwin (To Rome with Love) Rating:

PG-13

Runtime: 98 min. by John DeSando

“Anxiety, nightmares, and a nervous breakdown. There’s only so many traumas a person can withstand before they take to the streets and start screaming.” Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) to her sister’s children.

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11:22 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The World's End

A surprisingly entertaining satire for the summer doldrums of August.

The World’s End

Grade: B

Director: Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead)

Screenplay: Simon Pegg (Paul), Wright

Cast: Pegg (Hot Fuzz), Nick Frost (Paul)

Rating: R

Runtime: 109 min.

by John DeSando “We're going to see this through to the bitter end. Or... lager end.” Gary King (Simon Pegg)

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11:10 am
Thu August 22, 2013

You're Next

A bloody and comical homage to slasher films.

You’re Next
Grade: B
Director: Adam Wingard (Pop Skull)
Screenplay: Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die)
Cast: Shami Vinson (Step Up 3D), Nicolas Tucci (Undocumented)
Rating: R
Runtime: 96 min.
by John DeSando

“I wanna meet your family.” Erin (Sharni Vinson)

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11:15 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Cinema Classics August 22, '13: Early Fall '13 Preview

The Johns look ahead to the films of Sept. and Oct. in Fall '13.

A Cinema Classic: Early Fall '13 Preview

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 DeSando is also co-host of WCBE’s It’s Movie Time. Contact him at JDeSando@Columbus.rr.com

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