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: “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.
TAKE TWO: “Café Society” August 12, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Is Woody Allen's latest movie among his best? The story involves a young New Yorker (Jesse Eisenberg) who goes to Hollywood in the 1930s to work with his uncle (Steve Carell), a top Tinseltown agent. Complications arise when they start romancing the same woman (Kristen Stewart). Lackluster or blockbuster? Susan and Russ fill us in.
TAKE TWO: “Captain Fantastic” August 5, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ cover a drama that, in spite of its title, is not the latest superhero movie, Viggo Mortensen ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) stars as a father who attempts to raise his children completely 'off the grid.' When his wife dies, her family attempts to take the children away from him. This film was written and directed by actor Matt Ross, best known for for playing Gavin on the HBO TV series, "Silicon Valley."
TAKE TWO: “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” July 29, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The BBC sitcom ran, off and on, for 21 years. Susan and Russ check out the big screen version starring Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders as aging, clueless fashionistas. As Susan puts it, they're like female versions of Donald Trump, shallow and materialistic.
TAKE TWO: “Finding Dory” Movie Review Podcast July 22, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
It's taken 13 years, but Pixar has finally delivered a sequel to their wildly popular animated entry, "Finding Nemo." Susan and Russ give their thoughts on "Finding Dory," and compare its quality with that of the original aquatic hit.
TAKE TWO: “The Infiltrator” Movie Review July 15, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
He was one of the first to say, "Follow the money" when trying to break up a drug cartel. Robert Mazur was an undercover federal agent who helped bring down Pablo Escobar's cocaine empire in the 1980s. Bryan Cranston plays Mazur in this dramatic true story that gets split opinions from Susan and Russ.
TAKE TWO: “Free State of Jones” July 8, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ are on the same page about this Civil War drama. Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight, a Confederate deserter who forms a rag-tag army of deserters and escaped slaves that rebel against the Rebels. Based on a true story, this drama was directed by Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") and also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keri Russell as Knight's wives.
TAKE TWO: “Weiner” – film review podcast June 24, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons take a look at a 'warts-and-all' documentary about former New York congressman Anthony Weiner whose career was undone by a sexting scandal. The filmmakers follow Weiner as he attempts a comeback by running for mayor of New York. It's shows his rise and fall and rise and fall again, and the toll it took on his family and associates.
TAKE TWO: “Maggie’s Plan” film review-podcast June 17, 2016 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons are of one mind about "Maggie's Plan," a new comedy from writer/director Rebecca Miller ("Personal Velocity)" and starring Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha"), Ethan Hawke ("Boyhood") and Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"). Gerwig plays a college professor who wants to have a child...but not, necessarily, get married. It aims at charm and whimsy over substance.
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.