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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

Feb 22, 2017

We have... differing views on this movie. But that's the whole point of talking about things, right? You get to hear someone else's point of view. 

In this installment of Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! we discuss Flashdance (1983). It's the story of an ostensibly strong woman who is both a welder and a dancer, and she just wants to get into that badass dance school. Buuuuut she can't seem to do it without the help of a man, and you can bet we had MANY things to say about that.

Please enjoy this extra-long episode!

Flashdance IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085549/ 

Feb 15, 2017

We freaking LOVE this movie. In this installment of Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! we are covering the Disney film Mulan (1998). We love that the voice actor for the main character in an Asian movie is Ming-Na Wen, who was born in Macau (near Hong Kong). We love that the strongest character in the story is a woman. And we love how much fun we always have watching Mulan.

The Ballad of Hua Mulan: http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-people/ballad-hua-mulan-legendary-warrior-woman-who-brought-hope-china-005084

Mulan IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120762/

Feb 8, 2017

If you've ever seen a Michael Moore documentary, you know how important unions are to some people in the United States. While we can't agree with Mr. Moore on all his points (and his editing style), we do think the growth of unions is a major part of our country's history. Especially when the advancement of the union coincides with female empowerment.

Norma Rae is the story of a woman who stands up to her bosses and speaks out for her co-workers. We could debate the benefit of unions, but we won't. This is the story of a woman who overcomes opposition in the deep south, where the old boys' club would rather she just sat down and shut up.

Kind of on point for today.

Norma Rae IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079638/

Feb 1, 2017

Ready for a fun new series? After mental health, how could we cover anything other than... Feminism!

We don't consider Dirty Dancing (1987) to be about feminism so much as the horrific story of a botched abortion, but hell, we included it anyway. 

We have named this series Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! after an excellent line from an episode of The Newsroom (available streaming via Amazon Prime). You should definitely watch that, too.

Dirty Dancing IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092890/

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