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Is This Reel Life?

Is This Reel Life? is a podcast which examines the real world implications of a myriad of films; it is run by two outspoken, liberal, atheist ladies who have some serious opinions to share. Kristen is a talented videographer with a degree in film studies. Growing up in Louisiana as a trans woman was definitely not easy, but Kristen has allowed those experiences to formulate an excellent sense of humor and a brilliant perspective on the world around her. Bethany has a degree in psychology and a background in film noir. A firebrand atheist and pansexual polyamorous woman from Kentucky, Bethany has a truly unique point of view. We watch movies of all genres and attempt to reconcile Hollywood with the real world. Want to contact us directly? Email ReelLifeChicago@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ReelLifeChicago or Instagram @JustReelThings
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Is This Reel Life? is a podcast which examines the real world implications of a myriad of films; it is run by two outspoken, liberal, atheist ladies who have some serious opinions to share. 

Kristen is a talented videographer with a degree in film studies. Growing up in Louisiana as a trans woman was definitely not easy, but Kristen has allowed those experiences to formulate an excellent sense of humor and a brilliant perspective on the world around her.

Bethany has a degree in psychology and a background in film noir. A firebrand atheist and pansexual polyamorous woman from Kentucky, Bethany has a truly unique point of view. 

We watch movies of all genres and attempt to reconcile Hollywood with the real world.

We love donations over at www.patreon.com/IsThisReelLife. If you want to support us in a non-monetary way, you can give us one of those awesome 5-star iTunes reviews! You can add us on Stitcher (just search Is This Reel Life? in the app), iTunes, or your favorite podcast app by entering our feed: http://isthisreellife.libsyn.com/rss

Want to contact us directly? Find us on Facebook, email ReelLifeChicago@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter @ReelLifeChicago or Instagram @JustReelThings

Dec 28, 2016
When we decided to start this podcast, we wanted to cover some pretty deep shit. Topics like religion and LGBTQ issues... and mental health. This episode is about The Virgin Suicides (1999) and it begins our series dubbed Mental Health Days (because we all need them). 

This year has been pretty shitty all around; 2016 has given us the deaths of many great actors and notables, and this time of year tends to be the worst for depression and suicide attempts. 

This movie is about coping with grief - the wrong ways. If you are having difficulty coping with loss or depression, please check out the links below for the suicide prevention lifeline and better ways to cope. 

As always, feel free to drop us a line at ReelLifeChicago@gmail.com.

The Virgin Suicides IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159097/

http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Mayo Clinic's tips for coping: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/basics/coping-support/CON-20032977

Looking for a secular therapist in your area? Check out Recovering From Religion's database here: https://www.seculartherapy.org/

Dec 21, 2016
Happy Winter Solstice!

We want to thank all of our patrons for supporting our new podcast. For that reason, we've decided to get you a special holiday episode all about the 1974 classic The Year Without a Santa Claus just in time for the 2016 Winter Solstice. 

Join us as we travel to the North Pole; Southtown, USA; and Mother Nature's floating house in the clouds! In addition to discussing such amazing characters as Jingle, Jangle, and Iggy, you will get to hear Bethany's super awesome Santa Claus voice, as well as a brief jovial rendition of Heat Miser's song. 

The Year Without a Santa Claus IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072424/

Update: It's a Festivus Miracle! We wanted to give the gift of the extra holiday episode to all our listeners this Christmas. Thank you all so much for listening. Please enjoy!

Dec 19, 2016
Let this special extra-long episode be evidence to you, dear listeners, that we love you enough to watch some truly terrible movies for your amusement. This episode in the Movies that Moved... Someone? series discusses God's Not Dead (2014). This movie is filled with subplots and twists and turns! There's Duck Dynasty! There's cancer and journalism and surprisingly well-made graphic presentations! Oh! And Jesus starts a car with magic!

Joining us as our first special guest is Trent L. Haskins, co-founder of the Chicago Atheist Society. Interested in following the CAS? Email ChicagoAtheistSociety@gmail.com or check them out on Twitter: @ChicagoAtheists

God's Not Dead IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2528814/

Dec 16, 2016
Continuing our series of Movies that Moved... Someone? Kristen chose Catching Faith (2015), which was promoted as a movie about a high school football star who gets in trouble with alcohol, but Jesus comes to the rescue. Unfortunately, the description does not give any indication as to what this movie is really about. Football? Jesus? Alcohol? How could we resist! 

Joe Tennant Psychology Blog: https://joetennantpsychology.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/the-saga-of-wayne-grudem-part-1-is-voting-for-trump-moral/

Catching Faith IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3475020/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Dec 16, 2016
For the second episode in our series of Movies that Moved... Someone? we watched Fireproof (2008), the harrowing tale of a jackass firefighter whose marriage is on the rocks, and who apparently really doesn't like trash cans or computers. 

Fireproof IMDb; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1129423/

Dec 15, 2016
In plenty of time for your commute home from work, episode 3 starts our second series: Movies that Moved... Someone?  We tortured our brains and eyes for you by watching some seriously dreadful Christian movies; they may have touched the heart of your fundamentalist auntie, but we found them less than moving. 

For our first episode of the series, we watched Christian Mingle (2014), which is essentially a 103 minute commercial for a religious dating website. The movie follows non-Christian (but... actually theist, probably Christian) Gwyneth in her desperate ploy to find a man by signing up with Christian Mingle. Yes, that's both the name of the dating site in real life and the title of the movie. 

Spoiler Alert: We're pretty sure this movie was made by aliens.

But what if my boyfriend really is a robot?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eOlH-yvGVw

Because Christians are mean: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/

Christian Mingle IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3398066/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Dec 15, 2016
For the second episode in the Movies We Missed series, we chose a movie that neither of us had seen before: Boy Meets Girl (2014). It's a romantic (?) comedy (?) drama (?) that follows Ricky, a young trans woman in Kentucky. When this film initially came out, there was uproarious approval from some of the LGBTQ community for its sex-positive attitude and frank discussions of life for transgender people. For this reason, we figured it was time for us to see it and find out what all the hype was about. 

Emotional Biker Moment Timestamp: 1 hour 36 minutes 25 seconds

Boy Meets Girl IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3007302/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Dec 15, 2016
The much anticipated first episode of Is This Reel Life? is here! For our first movie series, we are covering Movies We Missed, these are films that at least one of us should have seen already, but hadn't. The first episode covers The Addams Family (1991), in which a group of con artists attempt to take the unusual but wealthy Addams family for all they're worth. 

The Addams Family IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101272/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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