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: “Detroit” August 18, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Perhaps the most controversial film of the year, "Detroit" recounts story of the infamous Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 riots in Motor City. Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") re-teams with screenwriter ("Zero Dark Thirty") to tell the tale of police brutality and murder.
Take Two: “Lady Macbeth” August 11, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ take on an adaptation of a Russian novel whose setting has been relocated to Victorian England in 1865. Newcomer Florence Pugh plays Katherine, a young woman stuck in a loveless marriage to a nasty landowner. Things get complicated when she has a torrid affair with a virile workman, played by Cosmo Jarvis. When Katherine’s loutish husband gets wise, Katherine gets homicidal.
TAKE TWO: “A Ghost Story” August 4, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Oscar-winner Casey Affleck ("Manchester by the Sea") and Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara ("Carol") star in a new art house entry from writer/director David Lowery ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints"). Susan and Russ cover this melancholy effort that, in spite of its title, is not a horror film.
Take Two: “Atomic Blonde” July 28, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Based on a popular graphic novel, "Atomic Blonde" is a decadent and violent spy thriller. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron portrays a highly skilled British spy sent on a dangerous mission in Germany just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The cast also includes James McAvoy, John Goodman and Sophia Boutella. The director is famed stuntman-turned director, David Leitch ("John Wick," "John Wick 2").
Take Two: “Baby Driver” July 21, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ take on the latest film from writer/director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead"), a violent and profane action comedy. Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in our Stars," "Divergent") plays the title role, a getaway driver who uses music to help him concentrate and cope with tinnitus. Things get tricky when he double-crosses mob boss Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards) and thugs Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men").
Take Two: “War for the Planet of the Apes” July 14, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ have a slight disagreement about the third installment of the franchise reboot that began in 2011. The tentpole summer blockbuster has more depth than one might expect from a Hollywood entry, but Susan had a few qualms about certain aspects of this sequel. Andy Serkis (with the aid of special effects wizards) plays Caesar, the intelligent ape, and Woody Harrelson portrays a nasty human colonel who wants to wipe out all of the non-human simians.
Take Two: “The Beguiled” July 7, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Director Sophia Coppola won the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival for "The Beguiled," a remake of Clint Eastwood's 1971 Civil War drama. Colin Farrell stars as a wounded Union deserter who takes shelter in a small Virginia girl's boarding school run by Nicole Kidman. Sexual tensions run high. The cast also includes Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Russ and Susan weigh in.
TAKE TWO: “Paris Can Wait” June 30, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
At the age of 81, filmmaker Eleanor Coppola (wife of Francis Ford Coppola and mother of Sophia) wrote and directed her first dramatic film "Paris Can Wait." Diane Lane plays the wife of a successful Hollywood producer (Alec Baldwin). While in France, she goes on a cross-country drive with one of her husband's associates (Aranud Viard). Does a romance evolve? Susan and Russ find common ground in their reaction to this romantic road
Take Two: “Megan Leavey” June 23, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ check out "Megan Leavey," the true story of a Marine and her bomb-sniffing dog who served with distinction in Iraq. Kate Mara ("The Fantastic Four") takes the title role, supported by Edie Falco, Common, Bradley Whitford and Ramone Rodriguez. It is the first dramatic film from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, best known for her award-winning documentary, "Blackfish."
Take Two: “My Cousin Rachel” June 16, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ review a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's classic gothic mystery, "My Cousin Rachel." Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") takes on the title role of a widow who may or may not have murdered her husband. Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games") plays a young heir who falls under her spell. The film co-stars Iain Glen ("Game of Thrones") and Holliday Grainger ("Cinderella") and was directed by Roger Michell ("Notting Hill").
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.