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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9:41 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Cinema Classics Oct. 3, '13: Uncut 11 min. Animation Saturation

John and Johnny go on and on in this uncut discussion about too many animations.

A Cinema Classic: 11 Min. Uncut Animation Saturation Discussion

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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7:53 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Rush

An outstanding racing, action, biography film.

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9:55 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Salinger

The great writer remains as much a mystery as ever.

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9:08 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Enough Said

Enough Said

Grade: B

Director: Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money)

Screenplay: Holofcener

Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 93 min.

by John DeSando

“I’m planning on losing some weight. I really need to.”Albert (James Gandolfini)

Those lines are “enough said” about the challenges of middle age. The film of the same name is a primer on the sweet and sour of 50’sh singles finding love and nurturing it in the presence of college-bound teens and bitter ex’s.

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10:38 am
Thu September 26, 2013

It's Movie Time Sept. 27, '13: Enough Said

John and Linda are favorable but not overly so about Enough Said.

Film reviewed: Enough Said

by host John DeSando and guest, 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 a fan of It's Movie Time and an interior designer.

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9:42 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Cinema Classics Sept 26, '13: Hitchcocktober

John and Johnny  review the October Hitchcock films at the Gateway Film Center.

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9:41 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Cinema Classics Sept 26, '13: Uncut 11 min. Hitchcocktober

The boys remark for 11 min. about the excellent films of Hitchcock at the Gateway Film Center in October.

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5:41 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

It's Movie Time Sept. 20, '13: The Family

Family Face

Film reviewed: The Family

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.

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

Wayne Miller is a dean at Franklin University and a past chair of the Film Council of Greater Columbus.

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4:27 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Prisoners

Prisoners
Grade: B
Director: Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)
Screenplay: Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband)
Cast: Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Jake Gyllenhaal
Rating: R
Runtime: 153 min.
by John DeSando

“Be prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.” Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman)

So you think someone can replicate the sinister Silence of the Lambs and the melodramatic Mystic River; well no one can because they are grand thrillers, fraught with suspense and depravity and peppered with audience desire for revenge.

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4:16 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Cinema Classics Sept. 19, '13: Oscar Snubs

A Cinema Classic: 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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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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