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 a two-time winner of the National Entertainment Journalism Award for "Best TV Movie Critic." His work has been featured on television, online and in print for over 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”
January 8, 2021 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Seventies pop music star Helen Reddy gets the biopic treatment in “I Am Woman.” Australian actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey plays the singer who went through many personal struggles before hitting it big and writing the number one hit “I Am Woman” that became the anthem for the women’s movement.Listen
December 25, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
The late Chadwick Boseman ("Black Panther") stars in the Netflix adaptation of August Wilson's acclaimed play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." The cast also includes Viola Davis ("The Help"), Glynn Turman ("The Way Back") and Coleman Domingo ("Lucy in the Sky"). The director is George C. Wolfe ("Nights in Rodanthe").Listen
December 18, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Acclaimed Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration") and actor Mads Mikkelsen re-team for the first time since their noted 2012 film, "The Hunt." "Another Round" is a comic drama about an experiment that four high school teachers embark upon. They toy with their blood alcohol content to see how it impacts their daily performance.Listen
December 11, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") stars in the 70s era neo-noir crime thriller, "I'm Your Woman." Brosnahan plays Jean, a twenty-something whose gangster husband crosses his associates and then goes missing. Jean then is forced into hiding. The film was written and directed by Julia Hart ("Stargirl").Listen
December 4, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Riz Ahmed ("Venom") and Olivia Cooke ("Ready Player One") star in "Sound of Metal." Written and directed by Dariius Marder ("Loot"), it's a drama that deals with a rock musician suffering from hearing loss.Listen
November 27, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Guy Pearce ("Prometheus") portrays the world's most renowned art forger, Dutch artist Han van Meegeren, in the post WWII drama, "The Last Vermeer." This drama explores the time when van Meegeren was on trial for collaborating with the Nazis. Was he a traitor or was he outfoxing the enemy? This historical drama also stars Claes Bang ("The Square").Listen
November 20, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Kate Winslet ("Blackbird") and Saoirse Ronan ("Little Women") star in "Ammonite," a tale of forbidden romance set in 1800s England. Winslet portrays palaeontologist Mary Anning and Ronan is geologist Charlotte Murchinson in this speculative bit of historical fiction from director Francis Lee ("God's Own Country").Listen
November 13, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Kevin Costner ("Yellowstone") and Diane Lane ("Paris Can Wait") reunite for a big screen revenge thriller, "Let Him Go." It's based on the Neo-Western novel by Larry Watson and has been adapted to film by Thomas Bezucha ("The Family Stone").Listen