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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

Jan 25, 2017
Do you enjoy movies with no plot? Funny animals that are actually characters? Random jumping forward and backward in time and space? Then you will love this movie.

Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer are the stars of this heartwrenching tale of loss, sadness, and finding oneself. This is our review of Beginners (2010).

Beginners IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1532503/

Jan 18, 2017
It's hard to come up with a more intense, interesting, and thought-provoking movie about mental health than Girl, Interrupted (1999). We discuss hospitalization, various mental illnesses, coping mechanisms, and how it's sometimes hard to tell when your loved one has a mental disorder. 

Borderline Personality Disorder: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Borderline-Personality-Disorder

Girl, Interrupted IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172493/

Jan 11, 2017
You can't really discuss mental health or paranoid schizophrenia without talking about John Nash, of Game Theory Fame. In this episode, we cover A Beautiful Mind (2001) with special guest Alexandra Hedrick.

A Beautiful Mind IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268978/

Game Theory: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/nash/sfeature/sf_dixit.html

John F. Nash Jr.: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economic-sciences/laureates/1994/nash-bio.html 

Jan 4, 2017
You can't really talk about mental health without discussing one of the most ubiquitous portrayals of mental illness in film: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. For this episode, we watched The Aviator (2004), a movie about the life and madness of Howard Hughes. 

He was a wealthy filmmaker, aviation innovator, and avid womanizer, and we had plenty to discuss... as this is a nearly three hour movie.

OCD History: http://ocd.stanford.edu/treatment/history.html

Howard Hughes Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hughes

The Spruce Goose: http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/the-spruce-goose

The Aviator IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338751/

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Send us an email: ReelLifeChicago@gmail.com

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