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May 26, 2013 On the Marquee

May 24, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6, new Blu-rays Beautiful Creatures and The Last Stand, and more.

On the Marquee highlights the week’s movie releases—both in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray.  It airs on WCBE every Sunday morning at 9:01.

For more updates and reviews, find On the Marquee on Facebook.

About the Hosts:

John and Johnny finish their discussion of summer movies, 2013, for June, July, and August

A Cinema Classic: Summer Movies 2013 Conclusion

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.

John and Johnny have 12 min uncut discussion of summer movies, 2013

A Cinema Classic: Uncut 12 min Summer Movies 2013 Conclusion

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

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

May 23, 2013

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Grade: B Director: Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) Screenplay: William Wheeler (The Hoax) ( from the Moshin Hamid novel Cast: Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) Rating: R Runtime: 130 min. by John DeSando The aftermath of 9/11 is an ongoing process: For Americans, the hardening of the heart and the strengthening of its defenses is a given; for a Pakistani like Changez (Riz Ahmed) his love of America is challenged in his professional and personal life.

Star Trek Into Darkness

May 20, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness Grade: A Director: J.J Abrams (Star Trek, 2009) Screenplay: Roberto Ord (People Like Us), Alex Kurtzman (The Island), Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) Cast: Chris Pine (This Means War), Zachary Quinto (Margin Call) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 132 min by John DeSando “You think you're safe. You are not. Is there anything you would not do for your family?” John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) If a good story has believable, changing characters and good sci-fi has believable travel and action, Star Trek Into Darkness is good and then some.

At Any Price

May 17, 2013

At Any Price Grade: B Director: Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) Screenplay: Bahrani, Hallie Elizabeth Newton Cast: Dennis Quaid (The Words), Zac Efron (Liberal Arts) Rating: R Runtime: 105 min by John DeSando At Any price isn’t exactly Eugene O’Neil, Edna Ferber, or Tennessee Williams set in the farmland of southern Iowa, but it successfully and entertainingly has tragic traits that make it much deeper than the mature corn serving as background.

It's Movie Time May 17, 2013: The Great Gatsby

May 17, 2013

Carolyn and John disagree about the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Film reviewed: The Great Gatsby

by hosts John DeSando and Carolyn Bruck

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 and appears on Fox 28’s Man Panel.

Carolyn Bruck is a news anchor for ABC 6/Fox 28.

May 19, 2013 On the Marquee

May 17, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Star Trek Into Darkness and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, new Blu-rays Cloud Atlas and Texas Chainsaw 3D, and more.

In an uncut version, John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto honor the late Roger Ebert.

A Cinema Classic: Roger Ebert 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.

To the Wonder

May 14, 2013

To the Wonder Grade: A- Director: Terrence Malick (Tree of Life) Screenplay: Malick Cast: Ben Affleck (Argo), Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) Rating: R Runtime: 112 min. by John DeSando “You got me out of the darkness.” Marina (Olga Kurylenko) “Newborn” is the first word of To the Wonder. Light and darkness are two of Terrence Malick’s many motifs that inhabit his bag of themes about loneliness, otherness, and the business of living happily. In Wonder, darkness is of the soul, mostly Neil’s (Ben Affleck), whose Ukrainian girlfriend, Marina, wishes to lighten it.

The Great Gatsby

May 11, 2013

An energetic, visual delight. The Great Gatsby Grade: B+ Director: Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) Screenplay: Luhrmann, Craig Pearce (Strictly Ballroom) Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic), Tobey Maguire (Spiderman) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 143 min. by John DeSando “The most hopeful man I ever knew.” Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) I refuse to enter into the fray about the comparison between F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and any film adaptation. Both are different ways of telling the story and should be discussed on their own merits.

Cinema Classics May 9,'13: Summer 2013, part 1.

May 10, 2013

John, Johnny, and Jordan select a few upcoming summer movies Jordan particularly likes.

A Cinema Classic: Summer 2013 part 1.

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.

Cinema Classics May 9,'13: Uncut 14 min. Summer 2013, part 1

May 10, 2013

Johnny, Jordan, and John talk for a very long uncut time (14 min!) about Jordan's eccentric picks for summer movies.

A Cinema Classic: Summer 2013 part 1

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 May 10, '13: Iron Man 3

May 10, 2013

Carolyn and John review the  first blockbuster hero movie of the summer.

Film reviewed: Iron Man 3

by hosts John DeSando and Carolyn Bruck

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 and appears on Fox 28’s Man Panel.

Carolyn Bruck is a news anchor for ABC 6/Fox 28.

May 12, 2013 On the Marquee

May 10, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases The Great Gatsby and Peeples, new Blu-rays Jack Reacher and Mama, and more.

On the Marquee highlights the week’s movie releases—both in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray.  It airs on WCBE every Sunday morning at 9:01.

For more updates and reviews, find On the Marquee on Facebook.

About the Hosts:

Iron Man 3

May 5, 2013

Iron Man 3 Grade: A- Director: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) Screenplay: Black (Lethal Weapon), Drew Pearce (Pacific Rim) Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 130 min. by John DeSando “I'm Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world. So why can't I sleep?” You can’t sleep because writer/director Shane Black has made you this third time around the most interesting superhero since Superman flew onto the comic book scene.

It's Movie Time May 3, '13: The Company You Keep

May 3, 2013

John and Linda review Robert Redford's new film and his career.

May 5, 2013 On the Marquee

May 3, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Iron Man 3 and Gimme the Loot, new Blu-rays Silver Linings Playbook and Broken City, and more. 

On the Marquee highlights the week’s movie releases—both in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray.  It airs on WCBE every Sunday morning at 9:01.

For more updates and reviews, find On the Marquee on Facebook.

About the Hosts:

Cinema Classics May 2, 2013: 14 min.Uncut Robert Downey Jr.

May 1, 2013

John, Johnny, and Jordan are intrigued by the range and resilience of Robert Downey Jr.'s career.

Cinema Classics May 15,'13: Roger Ebert

Apr 30, 2013

April 28, 2013 On the Marquee

Apr 26, 2013

On this week's show, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Pain & Gain and The Big Wedding, new Blu-rays Gangster Squad and A Haunted House, and more.

On the Marquee highlights the week’s movie releases—both in theaters and on DVD and Blu-ray.  It airs on WCBE every Sunday morning at 9:01.

For more updates and reviews, find On the Marquee on Facebook.

About the Hosts:

Redford: An Entertainer Who Looks To Inform

Apr 22, 2013

Robert Redford's new movie, The Company You Keep, draws on a turbulent time in recent history: Forty years ago, there was a violent faction of SDS, the Students for a Democratic Society, that was known as the Weather Underground. It turned from organizing marches and sit-ins against the war in Vietnam to planting bombs — and in one case robbing a bank truck and killing a guard.

The Company You Keep

Apr 22, 2013

The Company You Keep Grade: B+ Director: Robert Redford (Ordinary People) Screenplay: Lem Dobbs (Limey) From the Neil Gordon novel Cast: Robert Redford (All the President’s Men), Shia LebEOUF Rating: R Runtime: 125 min. by John DeSando “When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.” Frantz Fanon In Robert Redford’s The Company You keep, Jim Grant (Redford) is an attorney on the lam for participating in Weather Underground anti-Vietnam activities over 40 years ago.

Mud

Apr 22, 2013

A small psychological thriller with a big delivery.

42

Apr 17, 2013

42 Grade: B Director: Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale) Screenplay: Helgeland (Mystic River) Cast: Chadwick Boseman (The Kill Hole), Harrison Ford (Cowboys & Aliens) Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 128 min. by John DeSando Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman): “You want a player who doesn't have the guts to fight back?” Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford): “No. I want a player who's got the guts ‘not’ to fight back.” SAFE!

The Place Beyond the Pines

Apr 17, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines Grade: B+ Director: Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) Screenplay: Cianfrance, Ben Coccio (The Beginner), Darius Marder Cast: Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) Rating: R Runtime: 140 min. by John DeSando “If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder.” Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) Luke (Ryan Gosling) rides a motorcycle at lightning speed with the abandon promising a thunderous crash, mostly metaphorical.

Any comics fan of any seriousness can rattle off female superheroes who have either had their own books or appeared in other or ensemble books.

But what about ordinary absorbers of culture?

The same people who don't actually read comics but can tell you that Superman is the idealized, square-jawed fighter for good, while Batman is the darker, more conflicted survivor of tragedy and Spider-Man is the scrapper barely concealing an ordinary kid — how many women can they name who have worn capes, particularly ones that aren't superhero derivatives like Supergirl or Batgirl?

No

Apr 13, 2013

An instructive look inside very rough politics.

It's Movie time April 12, 2013: Room 237

Apr 13, 2013

John and Carolyn are amused by the sometimes outrageous interpretations of The Shining.

Trance

Apr 12, 2013

Trance

Grade: B+

Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Screenplay: Joe Ahearne, John Hodge (Trainspotting)

Cast: James McAvoy (The Last Station), Rosario Dawson (Zookeeper)

Rating: R

Runtime: 101 min. by John DeSando

“The choice is yours. Do you want to remember or do you want to forget?” Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson)

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