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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

Apr 26, 2017

Joining us for this special episode of Is This Reel Life? is Andrew Torrez of podcasting and legal fame! Andrew is a real life lawyer and co-host on Opening Arguments (the best damned legal podcast out there, in our opinion). 

For this awesome special episode, you get to hear Kristen, Bethany, and Andrew discuss God's Not Dead 2 (2016). We think this movie is truly wrong on so many levels, and because it's a courtroom drama, Andrew is uniquely qualified to tell us just how wrong it is. 

We talked for WAY too long about this one, so please enjoy part 1 this week. Part 2 to follow next week!

God's Not Dead 2 IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4824308/

Apr 19, 2017
You know what? Some movies are good movies. Some movies are bad movies. This movie is... neither. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) is about two dudes in a jail cell chatting. Telling stories. One is a political prisoner; the other is not remotely political. One is fighting for The Resistance; the other is a gay man who "corrupted a minor."
 
Also, we're pretty sure the story that is being told is a meta-story for the plot of the whole movie. Actually, this whole thing is like, third degree meta.
 
Fair warning: if you watch this movie, they don't hold back on the effects of the torture the political prisoner experiences.
 
Kiss of the Spider Woman IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089424/
Apr 13, 2017

Did you know we offer $2+ patron-only episodes once a month? They cover the Best of the Worst terrible movie series. April's terrible movie was The Devil Inside (2012), in which we found out that demon possession is such a widespread problem that the Catholic Church had to start a school for exorcisms... and we learned that Bethany's cat Dahlia is possessed by a demon. 

Is your cat possessed? 

Does she speak in a language you don't understand? Check. 

DOES SHE HAVE CAT-LIKE REFLEXES? DOUBLE CHECK. 

Can she bend in ways that are not normal? Check. 

Most def possessed. 

P.S. We're atheists. 

Interested in becoming a patron and unlocking these smashingly awesome bonus episodes? Visit us at www.patreon.com/IsThisReelLife

 

Apr 12, 2017

We love Pride (2014). It's the heartwarming (and sometimes heart-wrenching) story about what a gay and lesbian group did for the miners during their strike in the U.K. which began in 1984. They had experienced the same sorts of things the miners were experiencing - an overpowered opposition, a government that doesn't support you, and a police force that's on the other guy's side. So they formed the LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) and collected money to help the miners during their strike, asking for nothing in return.

While the LGSM faced some difficulty in trying to help out the miners, they also managed to do a lot of good, and some of the people in the mining community learned that it's important to take the assistance you're offered.

Like the LGSM leader, Mark Ashton, said, "One community should give solidarity to another. It is really illogical to say, 'I'm gay and I'm into defending the gay community but I don't care about anything elseā€¦'."

Pride IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3169706/

Guardian article about the movie and the real life events: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/aug/31/pride-film-gay-activists-miners-strike-interview

The LGSM website: http://lgsm.org/

Apr 5, 2017

This movie is... weird.

The main character does things that are kind of terrible sometimes, and there is a gatekeeping son of a bitch of a therapist. But there is also commentary on how it's ok to be trans.

We had a lot to say about Transamerica (2005).

Transamerica IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407265/

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