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: “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").
Take Two: Movies today vs yesterday June 2, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ take a break from reviewing current movies to discuss the difference between today's cinematic fare and that of the depression era. Fantasy is still the focus, but it plays out in different ways.
TAKE TWO: “Norman” May 26, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ have different takes on "Norman," a character study starring Richard Gere, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi. Gere plays a wheeler dealer who uses his relationship with an Israeli government official to ingratiate himself with the Jewish business elite of New York City.
Take Two: “The Circle” May 19, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ check out "The Circle," a high tech thriller adapted by screenwriter Dave Eggers from his own novel. Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the story of a powerful Silicon Valley company (think Google) that may have insidious plans. The film was directed by James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now," "The End of the Tour").
TAKE TWO: “The Promise” April 28, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
It’s no accident that “The Promise” is the second war drama to open in the last few weeks that’s set in Turkey during the run up to WWI. The earlier film, “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” gives the Turkish point of view, minimizing the cost of the conflict to the Armenian people. “The Promise” supports the view of an Armenian genocide. “The Promise” is a romantic triangle about an Armenian medical student, played by Oscar Isaac, who falls for an Armenian nanny, played by Charlotte Le Bon. Problem is, the nanny’s boyfriend is an American journalist, played by Christian Bale, and the Turks are about to wipe them all out.
TAKE TWO: “Going in Style” April 21, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ check out the new comedy from director Zach Braff. "Going in Style" is a loose remake of the 1979 comic drama that starred George Burns. This new version is much lighter, starring Oscar winners Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin as three retirees who, faced with financial difficulties, decide to rob a bank. The film also features Ann-Margaret in a supporting role.
TAKE TWO: “Land of Mine” April 7, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
A Danish Oscar nominee is the focus of this week's segment. Susan and Russ share their thoughts on this bleak post WWII drama based on actual events. The story is about German soldiers captured by the Danish military, forced to deactivate the thousands of mines that the Germans had placed along Danish beaches. This was, essentially, a suicide mission and the German soldiers were teenagers, most too young to shave. The film was directed by Martin Zandviet.
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.