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: “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.
Take Two: “Wildlife” (PG-13) November 16, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
If understatement is a virtue, then "Wildlife," a film adaptation of Richard Ford's 1990 novel, has virtue to spare. This drama about the dissolution of a marriage marks the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano ("There Will be Blood"), who wrote the screenplay with his partner, Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks"). Jake Gyllenhaal ("Brokeback Mountain"), Carey Mulligan ("Mudbound") and Ed Oxenbould ("Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day") play members of a family in crisis.
Take Two: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (R) November 9, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Comedienne Melissa McCarthy makes a rare dramatic turn as famed author Lee Israel in the intriguing story, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" The screenplay is based on Israel's book that details her time as a forger. Although she'd had success as a biographer, Israel took to forging letters from other authors such as Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward to make ends meet. Her ability to mimic their voices allowed her to succeed for some time. British actor Richard E. Grant plays Israel's partner in crime, Jack Hock. The film was directed by Marielle Heller ("Diary of a Teenage Girl").
Take Two: “First Man” (PG-13) November 2, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
"First Man" is the first collaboration between writer/director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling since their acclaimed work on "La La Land." This biopic is about Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and the buildup to the launch of the Apollo 11.
“The Hate U Give” (PG-13) October 26, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Amandla Stenberg ("Everything, Everything") stars in a Young Audiences story of a young African American girl who lives in the ghetto and attends an upscale school on the white side of town. It was written by the late Audrey Wells ("Under the Tuscan Sun") and directed by George Tilllman, Jr. ("Soul Food").
Take Two: “Colette” (R) October 19, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Infamous French writer Colette (1873 – 1954) is the focus of this well-produced biopic starring Kiera Knightly ("Atonement") and Dominic West (TV's "The Wire). It was written and directed by Wash Westmoreland ("Still Alice").
Take Two: “A Star is Born” (R) October 12, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The fourth big screen adaptation of the old Hollywood backstage story is both a critical and box office hit. Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover") and pop music's Lady Gaga play romantically linked musicians in "A Star is Born." Cooper produced, directed and co-wrote the film as well as providing his own music.
Take Two: “The Children Act” (R) October 5, 2018 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson stars in "The Children Act," based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Thompson plays an English judge whose marriage to her professor husband (Stanley Tucci) is on the rocks. This complicates her work presiding over the case of an underage cancer patient, played Fionn Whitehead, whose Jehovah's Witness parents refuse to allow him a life-saving blood transfusion.
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.