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”
January 18, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Writer/director Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") has adapted the classic Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women" with a certain contemporary flair. The cast includes Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn"), Florence Pugh ("Midsommar"), Laura Dern ("Marriage Story"), Timothée Chalamet ("Call Me By Your Name") and Meryl Streep ("The Laundromat").Listen
January 11, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Comedian Adam Sandler ("Murder Mystery") takes a dramatic turn in "Uncut Gems," a violent character study about a New York jeweler with a gambling addiction. This arthouse thriller was written and directed by the Safdie Brothers ("Good Time").Listen
January 4, 2020 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Oscar winners Charlize Theron ("Atomic Blonde") and Nicole Kidman ("Boy Erased") play Fox News anchors Megan Kelly and Gretchen Carlson in "Bombshell," a drama about sexual harassment at the cable giant. Margot Robbie ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood") plays a fictional role as a naive reporter and John Lithgow ("Late Night") portrays the late Fox News honcho Roger Ailes.Listen
December 28, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Director Clint Eastwood ("The Mule") focuses on a controversial true story about a sad sack hero of Atlanta's 1996 Olympics. Paul Walter Hauser ("I, Tonya") plays Richard Jewell, a security guard and wannabe cop who became a suspect in the deadly Centennial Park bombing. Sam Rockwell ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"), Kathy Bates ("Misery"), Jon Hamm ("The Report") and Olivia Wilde ("Her") round out the supporting cast.Listen
December 21, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
In the social drama "Dark Waters," Mark Ruffalo ("Avengers: Endgame") stars as real-life corporate lawyer Robert Bilott who waged a 20-year war with chemical giant DuPont. The company was accused of knowingly poisoning the people of a small West Virginia town with chemicals that leaked from its plant that manufactured Teflon. The cast also includes Anne Hathaway ("The Hustle") and Tim Robbins (TV's "Castle Rock") and was directed by Todd Haynes ("Carol").Listen
December 14, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
First-time filmmaker Melina Matsoukas has taken an original script by Lena Waith ("Dear White People") and turned it into a harrowing road movie that deals with contemporary racism. Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out") and newcomer Jodi Turner-Smith star as a couple who go on the run after a horrible incident occurs while they're on their first date.Listen
November 29, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Although it's being marketed as a biopic about legendary children's TV icon Fred Rogers, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is really about a single incident in the life of a journalist and his encounters with the genial PBS host. Tom Hanks ("The Post") portrays Rogers and Matthew Rhys (TV's "The Americans") plays a writer from Esquire magazine. Marielle Heller ("Can You Ever Forgive Me") directs.Listen
November 22, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Director Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) brings his considerable talents to his latest project, a Netflix release also seen in theaters. “The Irishman” stars Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull”), Al Pacino (“The Godfather”) and Joe Pesci (“Goodfellas”) in the tale of a truck driver (and hitman) who serves as a go-between linking the mob and the Teamsters Union.Listen
November 15, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Actor Edward Norton ("Birdman") wrote, produced, directed and stars in "Motherless Brooklyn," a big screen adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's novel. It's a film noir thriller about a private eye who uncovers city corruption in New York City. It also stars Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis, Willem DeFoe and Gug Mbatha Raw.Listen