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: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” October 13, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Four Oscar-winners (Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry) join Taron Edgerton, Channing Tatum and Sir Elton John(!) in Matthew Vaughn's wacky comic book sequel to the 2015 hit about a secret British society of super agents that make James Bond look tame. Rated R.
TAKE TWO: “Different Flowers” October 6, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Morgan Dameron, a KC native who worked as assistant to director J. J. Abrams ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"), shot her first film as writer/director, a gentle comedy called "Different Flowers." The film stars Emma Bell ("The Walking Dead") and Hope Lauren ("Supergirl") as sisters who take off on a road trip when one of them gets cold feet at the alter. They visit the farm of their grandmother (Shelly Long from "Cheers") while deciding what to do with the rest of their lives. The film was shot in and around the Kansas City area.
Take Two: “Battle of the Sexes” September 29, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The infamous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs was viewed on TV by 90 million people. The new film "Battle of the Sexes" is a comic drama that places it in the context of the social change of that era. Oscar winner Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in the movie directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris ("Little Miss Sunshine") and written by Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Susan and Russ share their views.
TAKE TWO: “mother!” September 22, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's new horror allegory "mother!" provides meaty roles for Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. But how good is this controversial thriller? Susan and Russ give us the lowdown.
Take Two “Crown Heights” September 15, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ focus on a "Crown Heights," a true story about a miscarriage of justice that gained attention through an episode of the NPR show, "This American Life." LaKeith Stanfield plays a man wrongly convicted of murder. His friends work tirelessly for years to free him and clear his name.
Take Two: “The Glass Castle” August 25, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
The big screen adaptation of Janette Walls' bestselling memoir gets the once-over from Susan and Russ. Oscar-winner Brie Larson stars alongside Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts in the story of an exceptionally dysfunctional family. Writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton re-teams with Larson after their critically acclaimed collaboration, "Short Term 12."
Take Two: “Detroit” August 18, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Perhaps the most controversial film of the year, "Detroit" recounts story of the infamous Algiers Motel incident during the 1967 riots in Motor City. Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") re-teams with screenwriter ("Zero Dark Thirty") to tell the tale of police brutality and murder.
Take Two: “Lady Macbeth” August 11, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Susan and Russ take on an adaptation of a Russian novel whose setting has been relocated to Victorian England in 1865. Newcomer Florence Pugh plays Katherine, a young woman stuck in a loveless marriage to a nasty landowner. Things get complicated when she has a torrid affair with a virile workman, played by Cosmo Jarvis. When Katherine’s loutish husband gets wise, Katherine gets homicidal.
TAKE TWO: “A Ghost Story” August 4, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Oscar-winner Casey Affleck ("Manchester by the Sea") and Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara ("Carol") star in a new art house entry from writer/director David Lowery ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints"). Susan and Russ cover this melancholy effort that, in spite of its title, is not a horror film.
Take Two: “Atomic Blonde” July 28, 2017 | Fridays, 12:30 pm, Saturdays, 5:58 pm)
Based on a popular graphic novel, "Atomic Blonde" is a decadent and violent spy thriller. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron portrays a highly skilled British spy sent on a dangerous mission in Germany just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The cast also includes James McAvoy, John Goodman and Sophia Boutella. The director is famed stuntman-turned director, David Leitch ("John Wick," "John Wick 2").
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.