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John and Johnny reminisce about Chinatown and Citizen Kane from Film's Cool: How to See Films-- their class at the Gateway Film Center.

A Cinema Classic: Film's Cool Films 2

Amy

Jul 17, 2015

A first-rate documentary about a first-rate talent.

Amy

Grade: A

Director: Asif Kapadia (Senna)

Cast: Amy Winehouse

Rating: R

Runtime: 128 min.

by John DeSando

"You should be tougher mum, you’re not strong enough to say stop." Amy Winehouse

Mr. Holmes

Jul 17, 2015

John approves of the very old Holmes.

Mr. Holmes

Grade: B+

Director: Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters)

Screenplay: Jeffrey Hatcher  (from Mitch Cullin’s (A Slight Trick of the Mind)

Cast: Ian McKellan (Avengers), Laura Linney (Mystic River)

Rating: PG

Runtime:104 mimn.

by John DeSando

“I've decided to write the story down; as it was, not as John made it. Get it right, before I die.”  Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen)

Ant-Man

Jul 14, 2015

Best summer spectacle in minimalist trappings.

Ant-Man

Grade: A-

Director: Peyton Read (Yes Man)

Screenplay: Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Joe Cornish (The Adventures of Tintin), et al.

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

Rating: PG 13

Runtime: 117 min.

by John DeSando

“Scott, I've been watching you for a while, now. You're different. Now, don't let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer.” Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

John and Kevin agree it's great to have "Ahnold" back even in a hot mess of a movie.

John and Johnny talk about The Graduate and Casablanca from Film's Cool class.

Minions

Jul 9, 2015

Cute but not Inside Out.

Manglehorn

Jul 8, 2015

Pacino is worth seeing, as almost always.

Manglehorn

Grade: B

Director: Joe Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Prince Avalanche)

Screenplay: Paul Logan

Cast: Al Pacino (Danny Collins), Holly Hunter (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 97 min.

by John DeSando

“You look great. Like a racehorse.” A. J. Manglehorn (Al Pacino)

John and Linda don't agree on this one.

Terminator Genisys

Jul 2, 2015

Good to have Arnie back but not so much all else.

Terminator Genisys

Grade: C

Director: Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World)

Screenplay: Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), Patrick Lussler (Drive Angry)

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Maggie), Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 125 min.

by John DeSando

John and Johnny prepare for screening  35 mm Jaws at the Gateway Film Center on July 5 by praising it as a forerunner of modern thrillers.

A Cinema Classic: Jaws

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 really about  living and loving, not dying.

John and Hope recall the important roles for women in film this summer so far.

Film reviewed: Women in the Summer So Far

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.

The Wolfpack

Jun 26, 2015

Like their title, they survive together.

The Wolfpack

Grade: B

Director: Crystal Moselle

Cast: The Angulo Family

Rating: R

Runtime: 80 min.

by John DeSando

In Wolfpack, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Award (2015), the Angulo family is indeed alone and secluded from its environment. Secluded in their Lower Eastside of Manhattan apartment, the 6 children have rarely gone outside because father deems New York too dangerous. That’s not the exceptional part of this odd-ball documentary.

Inside Out

Jun 25, 2015

Pixar genius.

Inside Out

Grade: A

Director: Pete Docter (Up), Ronaldo Del Carmen

Screenplay: Docter, Del Carmen, et al.

Cast:  Amy Poehler (Are You Here), Bill Hader (Superbad)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 94 min.

by John DeSando

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.”  Samuel Ullman

John goes Far From the Madding Crowd; Johnny is Mad Max.

A Cinema Classic: The Summer So Far

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 June 19, '15: Jurassic World

Jun 18, 2015

John and Wayne are like kids with Wayne's toys as they praise Jurassic World.

Film reviewed: Jurassic World

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.

La Sapienza

Jun 18, 2015

Light, loving, and arty. It's great summer fare.

La Sapienza

Grade: A-

Director: Eugene Green (Toutes les nuits)

Screenplay: Green

Cast:  Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot  

Runtime: 109 min.

by John DeSando

Love is difficult enough in any language and art form, so layer a French film in a Swiss-Italian setting (Ticino is in southern Switzerland) with an architecture motif, and you have an insight into what makes it all work—light. La Sapienza will indeed make you wise if it doesn’t confound you with its arty dialogue.

Director Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a disappointment. What's his career been like?

A Cinema Classic: Brad Bird

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

Cinema Classics is regularly broadcast at 8:01 pm Thursday on WCBE 90.5 FM and streaming at WCBE.org. Stay connected on Facebook.

The Connection

Jun 17, 2015

Expert French thriller with a hint of a French Connection.

The Connection

Grade: A-

Director: Cedric Jimenez

Screenplay: Jimenez, Audrey Diwan

Cast: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Rating: R

Runtime: 135 min.

by John DeSando

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