Thursdays at Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The “Take Two” short segment reviews independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City. Take Two first went on the air in 2012 and is co-hosted by Russ Simmons, producer of the “Freeze Frame” short segment, and Susan Sanders, former psychotherapist in the Kansas City area.
The segment airs at the following times:
- Thursdays at 10:58 am
- Fridays at 12:30 pm during “Anything Goes”
- Saturdays at 5:58 pm between “Guess Who’s Coming to KC” and “Roots-Wise Reggae”
TAKE TWO: “The Sense of an Ending” March 24, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Can a youthful mistake be amended in one’s old age? What if the memory of it is unreliable? These are the central questions behind the British art house entry, “The Sense of an Ending.” Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent plays a man whose former girlfriend’s mother leaves him a mysterious diary in her will. Problem is, the old girlfriend refuses to give it to him. While the movie never quite mines the depth it seeks, it’s an interesting effort that’s impeccably acted.
TAKE TWO: “Kong: Skull Island” March 17, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
In an unusual turn, Susan and Russ take a look at a Hollywood blockbuster, "Kong: Skull Island." This is the second in a series of 'reboots' that started with the remake of "Godzilla" in 2014. (Look for "Kong vs Godzilla" in the near future.) Tom HIddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly lead the stellar cast in this big budget monster fli
TAKE TWO: “The Salesman” March 3, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Famed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi received his second Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for the insightful and involving drama, "The Salesman." Susan and Russ take a look at this story about two actors, a man and wife, who are appearing in a production of Arthur Miller's classic play, "The Death of a Salesman." Things get tricky when they move into a new apartment and one of them is accosted by a stranger.
TAKE TWO: “I Am Not Your Negro” February 24, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary "I Am Not Your Negro" is a compelling work about the late African-American writer James Baldwin and his relationship with three Civil Rights workers who were all assassinated: Medgar Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King. Using archived footage and the voice of Samuel L. Jackson to read Baldwin's words, this is a very timely, resonant movie.
Take Two: “A Dog’s Purpose” February 17, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ review a sentimental adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron's bestselling novel. It's the story of a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who is reincarnated a number of times until he discovers the reason for his existence. The film was directed by Lasse Hallstrom ("Chocolate") and stars Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton.
TAKE TWO: “Julieta” February 10, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Russ and Susan take a look at the latest melodrama from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. "Julieta" has all of the splashy color and over-the-top flourishes that are the hallmark of Almodovar's films. It's the story of a mother-daughter relationship. In a series of flashbacks, we learn how the two became estranged. Emma Suarez plays the elder Julieta and Adriana Ugarta plays her younger self.
TAKE TWO: “The Founder” February 3, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ take on "The Founder," a biopic about Ray Kroc, the man who turned the fast food pioneer McDonald's into an American behemoth. Michael Keaton plays Kroc, a struggling salesman who achieved success by stabbing people in the back. The movie chronicles Kroc's manipulation of Richard and Maurice McDonald, the men who were the restaurant's actual founders. Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch and B.J. Novak co-star. "The Founder" was directed by John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side").
TAKE TWO: “Collateral Beauty” #filmreview #podcast December 30, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The great cast includes Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kiera Knightly, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Naomi Harris. The director is David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada") and the writer is Allan Loeb ("Things We Lost in the Fire"). So, what happened?? Russ and Susan agree that this dour drama is a hokey mess.
TAKE TWO: “Nocturnal Animals” #FilmReview Podcast December 16, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Fashion designer Tom Ford's second effort as a filmmaker is "Nocturnal Animals." Susan and Russ examine this difficult film, which is rated "R" even though it might have deserved an "NC-17" rating. A very dark and violent tale of revenge, "Nocturnal Animals" stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
TAKE TWO: “Manchester by the Sea” December 9, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Manchester by the Sea is an American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges. The plot follows an uncle who has to look after his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
TAKE TWO: “Allied” #filmreview podcast December 2, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in a "Casablanca" wannabe called "Allied." This romantic WWII drama features Pitt as a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter (Cotillard) who may -or may not- be a Nazi spy. While Susan and Russ found some things to admire, they agreed about the movies weaknesses as well.
Although I don't produce my own show, I participate in other people's shows and I simply love the comraderie. On the "Pioneer Series" for Heartland Labor Forum, I've interviewed women in traditionally male-identified jobs: a female pilot, firefighter, drummer, mail carrier, electrician. For the "Tenth Voice", I interviewed a woman in a gay marriage who shared candidly about the validity as well as travails of seeking recognition for her committed bond. I also wrote and starred with Tom Edmondson in a four-episode soap opera called: "Fatal Femmes and the Derringer Dame". With Bill Clause, I conducted a class in writing comedy for the radio. This effort resulted in a one hour success called "Radio for Laughs". With Russ Simmons, I co-host the "Take Two" spot which involves reviewing independently made films and art-house movies currently showing in Kansas City.