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: “They Shall Not Grow Old” (R) February 15, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Director Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings") has taken old WWI film footage, given it a high-tech restoration for the documentary, "They Shall Not Grow Old." The resulting movie is an immersive, involving history lesson.
Take Two: “Shoplifters” (R) January 25, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda offers a gentle glimpse into the lives of a ragtag group of petty thieves who form something of a family in "Shoplifters." It is a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscar ceremony.
Take Two: “If Beale Street Could Talk” (R) January 18, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Director Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") has adapted James Baldwin's acclaimed novel "If Beale Street Could Talk" for the big screen. Young actors Kiki Layne ("Native Son") and Stephen James ("Semna") lead the cast in this love story that's also a potent social commentary. Regina King ("This Christmas") won a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award for her supporting performance.
Take Two: “Vice” (R) January 4, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Writer/director Adam McKay ("The Big Short") offers a tongue-in-cheek portrait of former Vice President, Dick Cheney. "Vice" starts Christian Bale ("The Dark Knight") as Cheney, Amy Adams ("Sharp Objects") as his wife, Lynn Cheney, Steve Carell ("Welcome to Marwen") as Donald Rumsfeld, Sam Rockwell ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri") as George W. Bush and Tyler Perry ("Madea's Family Reunion") as Colin Powell.
Take Two: “Ben is Back” (R) December 28, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Filmmaker Peter Hedges ("Pieces of April") has fashioned a drama about how drug addiction affects a family. "Ben is Back" stars Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges in the story of a teenager who leaves rehab and shows up on his mom's doorstep on Christmas Eve. The film also stars Courtney B. Vance.
Take Two: “The Favourite” (R) December 21, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman star in "The Favourite," a caustic comic drama about two ladies of the 18th century court of Queen Anne who employ Machiavellian means as they vie for the queen’s favor. It was directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, best known for the quirky arthouse entry, "The Lobster."
Take Two: “Maria By Callas” (PG) December 14, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Celebrated operatic diva Maria Callas tells her own story in the documentary "Maria By Callas." Footage from home movies, interviews and film and television appearances are edited together to allow the tempestuous star to profile herself. Her letters are read by another celebrated soprano, Kansas City's own Joyce DiDonato.
Take Two: “Widows” (R) December 7, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and screenwriter Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") join forces for a gritty, realistic heist film, "Widows." Viola Davis plays a woman whose husband (Liam Neeson) leads a successful crime ring. Things get complicated when one of their robberies goes wrong and the wives are blackmailed by a ruthless gangster. The cast also includes Robert Duvall, Danile Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian Tyree Henry, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki.
Take Two: “Beautiful Boy” (R) November 23, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Duel memoirs by father and son writers David and Nicholas Sheff provide the basis for this drama that marks the first English-language film by Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen. Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet star in this story of drug addiction and redemption.
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.