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 Man Who Knew Infinity” May 27, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ take on the story of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a pioneer who made major contributions to the field. “The Man Who Knew Infinity” is an earnest and well-meaning biopic starring Dev Patel as the mathematical genius and Jeremy Irons as his British mentor, professor G. H. Hardy. Both Susan and Russ agree on the merits and demerits of this earnest biopic.
TAKE TWO: “Money Monster” Podcast Film Review May 20, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Three Oscar winners (George Clooney, Julia Roberts & Jodi Foster) join forces to bring a financial thriller to the big screen. Clooney plays a cable TV financial 'expert' who is taken hostage on the air by a disgruntled viewer who lost all of his money by following the pundit's advice. Russ and Susan have different takes on this suspense flick.
TAKE TWO: “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” #podcast May 13, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ take on a biopic about famed author Ernest Hemingway (stage actor Adrian Sparks) and his mentorship of novice writer Denne Bart Peticlerc, played by Giovanni Ribisi. The script was written by Peticlerc, based on his experiences with the tortured author. This was the first Hollywood film shot in Cuba in over 50 years.
TAKE TWO: “Louder Than Bombs” Film Review May 6, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert star in “Louder Than Bombs,” a thoughtful, well acted and profoundly sad look at how one family deals with grief after a tragic event. Russ says, "It’s smart, observant and involving, but never quite achieves the level of emotional devastation it was aiming for." Susan says, "I really had trouble with this film."
TAKE TWO: “Miles Ahead” Film Review April 29, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Kansas City's own Don Cheadle wrote, produced, directed and stars in this experimental "biopic" about legendary jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis. Susan and Russ have very different perspectives on this movie, which is fictional and not a conventional biography in any sense of the word.
TAKE TWO: “Barbershop: The Next Cut” #FilmReview April 22, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Ice Cube and Common lead the cast in the third (or fourth, if you count "Beauty Shop") in the comedy franchise. This time out, the barbers and hairdressers are concerned about rising gang violence in their Chicago neighborhood. Susan and Russ chat about the mix of comedy, social commentary and soap opera in this production. Other cast members include Eve, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall and Nikki Minaj.
TAKE TWO: “I Saw the Light” #filmreview #podcast April 8, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
British actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki in "Thor" and "The Avengers") takes on the role of country music legend Hank Williams. Elizabeth Olsen plays his talentless wife who also wanted to be a star. Famed producer Mark Abraham took on the screenwriting and directing chores on this one. Susan and Russ are of one mind about the movie's effectiveness.
TAKE TWO: “Remember” film review podcast April 1, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan offers a dark drama about a Holocaust survivor who is suffering from dementia. He plots with another survivor, confined to a wheelchair, to assassinate a Nazi guard who was responsible for the death of members of their families. Susan and Russ have very different takes on this film which stars two Oscar-winning actors, Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.
TAKE TWO: “Hello, My Name is Doris” #filmreview #podcast March 25, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field stars in a comic drama that serves as an offbeat character study. Field plays an emotionally-stunted older woman who falls in love with a much younger man she meets at work. The solid supporting cast includes Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs and Elizabeth Reaser. It's written and directed by Michael Showalter ("Wet. Hot American Summer").
TAKE TWO: “10 Cloverfield Lane” #filmreview #podcast March 18, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Russ and Susan take us into another dimension, "a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination." But the next stop isn't "The Twilight Zone," it's "10 Cloverfield Lane," an offbeat thriller about an eccentric man (John Goodman) who abducts a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and takes her to an underground bunker. Is he a crazy kidnapper or is he saving her from an even worse fate? It's an effort by first-time director Dan Tractenberg and producer J.J. Abrams ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens.")
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.