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.
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Russ Simmons is an award-winning film critic whose work has been featured on television and in print for nearly two decades.
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.
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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”
September 27, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Renée Zellweger gets the role of a lifetime in "Judy," the story of the last sad months in the life of entertainment legend, Judy Garland. The movie is an adaptation of the Broadway play End of the Rainbowby Peter Quilter. The film also features Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon in supporting roles and is directed by Rupert Goold ("True Story").Listen
September 20, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Susan and Russ take a look at a documentary focusing on one of the most popular recording artists of all time. "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" is a musical overview of the singer whom Bonnie Raitt described as "the Beyonce of her day." Talking heads include Raitt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Peter Asher, JD Souther, Jackson Brown and many more.Listen
September 13, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Comedian Jillian Bell ("Sword of Trust") gives an impressive performance as an overweight Manhattan party girl who makes some dramatic lifestyle changes in the comic drama "Bittany Runs a Marathon." The cast also includes Michaela Watkins (TV's "Transparent") and Lil Rel Howery ("Get Out").Listen
September 6, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Two of America's finest actresses offer an English language remake of an acclaimed 2006 Danish film, "After the Wedding. Michelle Williams ("Fosse/Verdon") and Julianne Moore ("Gloria Bell") star in the gender-flipped adaptation directed by Moore's husband, Bart Freundlich ("The Myth of Fingerprints").Listen
August 30, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Shia LaBeouf ("Transformers"), Dakota Johnson ("Fifty Shades of Grey"), Bruce Dern ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"), John Hawkes ("Winter's Bone") and Thomas Hayden-Church ("Sideways") are the 'name' cast members of "The Peanut Butter Falcon," an indie drama from newcomers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. But the title role belongs to Zack Gottsagen, a newcomer with Down Syndrome. He plays an escapee from a nursing home who befriends a fugitive (LaBeouf) and embarks on a river raft adventure.Listen
August 23, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
"Maiden" is a documentary about Tracy Edwards and the first all-female crew to enter the harrowing and dangerous Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race in 1989. Many thought they wouldn't survive, let alone finish the grueling race.Listen
August 16, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Trouble among some snake-handling Pentecostals in Appalachia is the subject of the unsettling drama "Them that Follows." Walton Goggins ("Tomb Raider") plays a strict pastor of a small mountain flock. His daughter is portrayed by Alice Englert ("Beautiful Creatures") and other members of the flock include Olivia Coleman ("The Favourite"), Jim Gaffigan ("Super Troopers 2") and Kaitlyn Dever ("Booksmart").Listen
August 9, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Awkwafina ("Crazy Rich Asians") stars in the comic drama, "The Farewell," inspired by the true story of the filmmaker Lulu Wang and her ailing grandmother. A young woman travels to China when she learns her beloved grandmother is terminally ill. Problem is, the family has decided to hide the truth from the elderly lady and to stage a sham marriage to make her feel better.Listen
August 2, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," the latest effort from writer/director Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained"), is an homage to the city and art form he loves. Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") plays the former star of a TV Western who tries to navigate the changes going on in Tinsletown in 1969. His best friend is a stuntman, played by Brad Pitt ("World War Z") who also serves as his driver. The impressive cast also includes Margot Robbie ("I, Tonya") and Al Pacino ("Paterno").Listen
July 26, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Andrew Garfleld ("The Amazing Spider-Man") stars in a neo-noir mystery, "Under the Silver Lake." Garfield plays a paranoid man whose beautiful neighbor goes missing. As he tries to solve the puzzle of her disappearance, things get weirder and weirder. The film was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell ("It Follows"). The cast also includes Riley Keough ("American Honey) and Topher Grace ("BlacKKKlansman").Listen