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: “American Honey” #FilmReview Podcast October 21, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The realistic Shia LaBeouf drama "American Honey" was largely shot in the Kansas City area. It won the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Susan and Russ give their reactions to this story about a wandering band of bohemian teenagers who travel around the midwest selling magazines. It's from acclaimed British filmmaker Andrea Arnold.
TAKE TWO: “The Birth of a Nation” #FilmReview Podcast October 14, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The story of Nat Turner's slave revolt of 1831 hasn't been dramatized on film...until now. Susan and Russ discuss the merits and flaws of this intriguing historical drama. Nate Parker wrote, directed, produced and takes the lead role in this opus that shines a spotlight on the horrors of American slavery.
TAKE TWO: “The Girl on the Train” #FilmReview October 7, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ check out a Hitchcock wannabe, a thriller based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hopkins. The terrific cast includes Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon. This suspense flick was directed by Tate Taylor, best known for "The Help."
TAKE TWO: “Masterminds” #filmreview podcast September 30, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ take a look at a wacky comedy produced by Loren Michaels of "Saturday Night Live" that features a number of SNL alums. Zach Galifankis stars in the true story of a group of inept thieves who make off with millions only to make idiotic decisions that come back to haunt them. It was directed by Jared Hess, the man behind "Napoleon Dynamite."
TAKE TWO: “The Magnificent Seven” #FilmReview Podcast September 23, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ have different takes on the remake of the western classic from 1960. The location, motives and back stories have changed, but the David vs. Goliath elements remain the same. This is the first time that Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and director Antoine Fuqua have worked together since Washington's Oscar-winning turn in "Training Day."
TAKE TWO: “Sully” #FilmReview #Podcast September 16, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
With Clint Eastwood behind the camera and Tom Hanks in front, "Sully" was deemed a surefire box office hit. Indeed, the true story of the airline captain who steered a jet to a successful emergency landing in the Hudson River has captured the imagination of eager audiences. Susan and Russ agree that it's a crowd pleaser.
TAKE TWO: “Morgan” #Podcast #FilmReview September 9, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley Scott, makes his directorial debut with "Morgan," a creepy sci-fi entry about a clandestine corporate effort to create a superior artificial human. The cast includes Kate Mara, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti. Susan and Russ are in agreement that this is a thriller with some inherent flaws.
TAKE TWO: “Hands of Stone” #FilmReview Podcast September 2, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
A biopic about one of the greatest boxers of all time, "Hands of Stone" highlights the ups and downs in the life of Roberto Duran. Edgar Ramirez portrays the Panamanian brawler, Robert De Niro is his trainer, Ray Arcel, and Usher Raymond is Duran's nemesis, Sugar Ray Leonard. Susan and Russ have very different perspectives on this one.
TAKE TWO: “Ben-Hur” #FilmReview #Podcast August 26, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The powerhouse production duo of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have taken on the daunting task of remaking a movie classic, "Ben-Hur." Jack Huston plays the title role in this epic based on the novel by General Lew Wallace. So, how does it stack up against the 1959 Charlton Heston version that won 11 Academy Awards including "Best Picture?" Susan and Russ are of one mind about this reboot that makes some changes to the original story.
TAKE TWO: “Hell or High Water” Film Review #Podcast August 19, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Oscar bait? Susan and Russ chat about a new contemporary Western thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham. The screenwriter is responsible for last year's hit thriller, "Sicario." Pine and Foster play bank robbers who are taking revenge on the financial institutions that ruined their family ranch. Bridges and Birmingham play the cops who are on their trail.
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.