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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

Mar 29, 2017

Oh, Harvey Milk, how we adore thee. 

You fought the good fight. You lost and you won. You dove in and attempted something that should have broken you, but it didn't. Our hats off to Harvey Milk and all LGBTQ people who get involved and shape public policy. 

What did we learn from watching Milk (2008) and from the life of Harvey himself? Get in there and do the things. Don't wait for someone else to change the world. (awwww) Also, getting murdered sucks.

Milk IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013753/

All about Harvey: http://www.biography.com/people/harvey-milk-9408170

The Milk Foundation: http://milkfoundation.org/

Mar 22, 2017

#LesbianFunTimes Part Two: Electric Boogaloo.

See snazzy links in previous episode for Ris and all her awesomeness.

Mar 15, 2017

In today's episode, we are not only joined by the incomparable Marissa Alexa McCool, but we are also beginning a new series on LGBTQ movies we've titledTears for Queers. This week, we're talking about But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), which both Ris and Bethany had difficulty getting through due to their own experiences and the intensity of the subject matter, even though it's satire. We talked for-freaking-ever about this movie, so we've split it into two episodes. Please enjoy part 1 of our #LesbianFunTimes!

But I'm a Cheerleader IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0179116/

Marissa Alexa McCool on Twitter: @RisMcCool

Donate to Marissa's show: https://www.patreon.com/IncitingIncident

Marissa wrote an awesome book! https://www.amazon.com/PC-Lie-American-Voters-Decided/dp/1540416003

Mar 10, 2017

We learned a lot from North Country (2005). The story hinges around the events leading up to and during a landmark court case involving sexual harassment - as a class action. The women working in the mines were severely harassed by the old boys' club of mine workers who did not want them there, and they fought back using the legal system. Did they win? Did the harassment stop? Watch the movie or listen to our review to find out!

North Country IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0395972/

Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.: http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/jcorl19&div=23&id=&page= (sorry - it's behind a pay wall)

Mar 1, 2017

For this episode, ITRL welcomes friend of the show Kelly King (Twitter: @Skellyton117)  to discuss A League of Their Own (1992) about the All-American Girls' Baseball League during World War II. Kelly helps us to put this movie in its proper historical context, as well as discussing the topics of feminism, individuality, and what it means to be an athlete. 

A League of Their Own IMDb:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104694/

The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League: https://www.aagpbl.org/

The Baseball Hall of Fame: http://baseballhall.org/discover/league-of-women-ballplayers

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