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.
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”
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
July 19, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
The drama "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019, where it won awards for Best Directing and a Special Jury Prize for Creative Collaboration. It marks the debut of writer/director/producer Joel Talbot, based on the true story of his childhood friend, Jimmie Fails. Fails plays himself in this arthouse entry about a man who tries to save the Victorian house his grandfather built.Listen
July 12, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
In "Yesterday," Himesh Patel from the BBC TV series "Eastenders" plays an unsuccessful musician who, through a cosmic fluke, becomes the only living person to know the songs of The Beatles. This high-concept romantic fantasy also features Lily James ("Mama Mia: Here We Go Again"), and Kate McKinnon (TV's "Saturday Night Live"). The film was written by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually") directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire").Listen
July 5, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
That bad 'you-know-what' Shaft has returned to the big screen. Samuel L. Jackson ("Captain Marvel") is the titular private dick hero, John Shaft...or does the title also refer to his son JJ Shaft ("Jessie T. Usher from "Ride") and John Shaft, Sr. (Richard Roundtree from "Seven")? This action comedy was directed by Tim Story ("Barbershop").Listen
June 28, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
The new film "Ophelia" is a fan fiction-style bit of conjecture based on Lisa Klein's novel that reworks Shakespeare's "Hamlet," but from Ophelia's point of view. Daisy Ridley ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi") takes on the title role with George MacKay ("Captain Fantastic") as Hamlet, Naomi Watts ("Insurgent") as Gertrude and Clive Owen ("Children of Men") as Claudius. It was directed by Claire McCarthy ("The Turning") and written by Semi Chellas ("American Woman").Listen
June 21, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
"Late Night" is a social comedy from writer Mindy Kaling ("The Office") about an aging talk show host played by Emma Thompson ("Howard's End") who faces forced retirement while her young protégé (Kaling) battles sexism and racism in the writers' room.Listen
June 14, 2019 Arts & Culture, Podcast, Short Segment
Kenneth Branagh ("Murder on the Orient Express") takes on the role of the aging Bard of Avon in "All is True." Judi Dench ("Red Joan") plays his long-suffering wife and Ian McKellan ("The Lord of the Rings") portrays his benefactor, the Earl of Southampton.Listen