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: “Collateral Beauty” #filmreview #podcast December 30, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The great cast includes Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kiera Knightly, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Naomi Harris. The director is David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada") and the writer is Allan Loeb ("Things We Lost in the Fire"). So, what happened?? Russ and Susan agree that this dour drama is a hokey mess.
TAKE TWO: “Nocturnal Animals” #FilmReview Podcast December 16, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Fashion designer Tom Ford's second effort as a filmmaker is "Nocturnal Animals." Susan and Russ examine this difficult film, which is rated "R" even though it might have deserved an "NC-17" rating. A very dark and violent tale of revenge, "Nocturnal Animals" stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
TAKE TWO: “Manchester by the Sea” December 9, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Manchester by the Sea is an American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges. The plot follows an uncle who has to look after his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
TAKE TWO: “Allied” #filmreview podcast December 2, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in a "Casablanca" wannabe called "Allied." This romantic WWII drama features Pitt as a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love with a French Resistance fighter (Cotillard) who may -or may not- be a Nazi spy. While Susan and Russ found some things to admire, they agreed about the movies weaknesses as well.
TAKE TWO: “Arrival” #FilmReview Podcast November 18, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ celebrate the arrival of an intelligent, thought-provoking sci-fi movie. "Arrival" stars Amy Adams as a linguist who is recruited by the US military to help them communicate with aliens who have come to Earth in a dozen gigantic space pods. What is their intent? This movie from French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve may not be for those who hate ambiguity.
TAKE TWO: “Hacksaw Ridge” #FilmReview Podcast November 11, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Oscar-winner Mel Gibson returns to the director's chair for "Hacksaw Ridge," the true story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector during WWII who wound up winning the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving 75 men on a battlefield in Okinawa. Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider-Man") plays Doss and Vince Vaughn is his drill sergeant. Susan and Russ agree that the grisly battle scenes are among the most authentic captured on screen.
TAKE TWO: “Certain Women” #FilmReview Podcat November 4, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ agree that the subtle charms of the austere drama "Certain Women" won't appeal to everyone. Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Lily Gladstone star in this slice-of-life film that features three intertwining stories about small town Montana life. The low key film comes from writer/director Kelly Reichardt ("Meek's Cutoff"), based on short stories by Maile Meloy.
TAKE TWO: “Denial” #FilmReview Podcast October 28, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
An important British legal case is at the heart of "Denial," a true story that pits an American historian against a British Holocaust denier. Deborah Lipstadt (Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz) is sued by writer David Irving for libel when she calls him a liar for his antisemitic claims. Susan and Russ have very different takes on this drama written by David Hare ("The Hours") and directed by Mick Jackson ("Live from Baghdad").
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.
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.