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 Best of Enemies” (PG-13) April 12, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Critics' Choice Award-winner Taraji P. Henson (TV's "Empire") and Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri") star in the true story of Civiil Rights worker Ann Atwater and her unlikely friendship with KKK leader Claiborne Paul Ellis. They confronted one another over the issue of school desegregation in North Carolina in 1971.
Take Two: “Hotel Mumbai” (R) April 5, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
"Hotel Mumbai" is a harrowing true story of the bloody terrorist takeover of the Taj Palace Hotel in 2008. This violent reenactment stars Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Armie Hammer ("Call Me by Your Name"), Nazanin Boniadi ("Ben-Hur") and Jason Isaacs ("The Death of Stalin"). This Indian/Australian production is the feature film directorial debut of Anthony Maras.
Take Two: “The Mustang” (R) March 29, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
"The Mustang" is a Belgian-American drama about a Nevada prison rehab program where convicts tame wild horses for sale to the public. The film project was developed through the Sundance Institute, so founder Robert Redford is given producer credit. Matthias Schoenaerts ("Far from the Madding Crowd") plays Roman, a convict who blooms when given the chance to work with the animals. Bruce Dern, Connie Britton and Jason Mitchell are among the supporting cast members. "The Mustang" marks the feature film debut of writer/director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’.
Take Two: “Finding Steve McQueen” (R) March 22, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
he strange true story about an attempt to rob $30 million from Richard Nixon's secret illegal campaign fund becomes a strange comic movie. Aussie actor Travis Fimmel ("Lean on Pete") plays Harry Barber, a fan of actor Steve McQueen, who tries to look and act like the famous actor. He joins in a plot with his uncle (William Fichtner from "Quiz Show") to loot a California bank filled with Nixon's cash. Detective Forest Whitaker ("Black Panther") and Lily Rabe ("Vice") are in hot pursuit.
Take Two: “Captain Marvel” (PG-13) March 15, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson ("Room") stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson ("Glass"), Annette Bening ("The Kids Are All Right") and Jude Law ("Fantastic Beasts") in yet another Marvel origin story, this time set in the 1990s.
Take Two: “Fighting With My Family” (PG-13) March 1, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Based on a true story, "Fighting With My Family" is about the life of WWE Superstar, Paige. This comedy focuses on the struggles of a British teenager as she rises to pro wresting fame. The film was written and directed by Stephen Merchant, co-creator of TV's "The Office." Francis Pugh ("Lady Macbeth") portrays Paige, and the film also features Lena Heady ("Game of Thrones"), Vince Vaughn ("Wedding Crashers") and Nick Frost ("Hot Fuzz"). It was produced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ("Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle") who also appears as himself.
Take Two: “Capernaum” (R) February 22, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The Lebanese film "Capernaum" is a social drama about a poor boy who does the best he can to survive on the streets of Beirut. Written and directed by Nadine Labaki, the film is a nominee for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Take Two: “They Shall Not Grow Old” (R) February 15, 2019 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Director Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings") has taken old WWI film footage, given it a high-tech restoration for the documentary, "They Shall Not Grow Old." The resulting movie is an immersive, involving history lesson.
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.