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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

Jun 21, 2017
Hey you guys - it's time for a new series! 
 
We adore murder mysteries, so for this series, we're doing Whodunit? which is basically that - mysteries. The first episode is on The Conversation (1974), which follows a wire tapper (on point at the moment) who has surveilled a conversation between a man and a woman and is really wracked with the feels about it. 
 
Fair warning - nothing really happens for 39 minutes of the film. 
 
The Conversation IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071360/ 
Jun 14, 2017
For the final episode of our series on musicals covering La La Land (2016), we invited cinephile and owner of a spectacular laugh, Steve Kleumpers to help us break it down. Patrons will remember Steve from this month's Best of the Worst episode on Bloodsport. (Steve really doesn't like musicals) 
 
Spoiler Alert: This movie is really about a couple (Sebastian and Mia) who try but really can't make their relationship work in Hollywood because they both want to live their dreams now. They probably could've made it work, but one of them would have had to give up his dream temporarily (*cough cough* Sebastian). We also noticed that both of these main characters did stupid things that didn't make sense. 
 
After seeing this movie, we think this might be helpful. Free Relationship Advice: http://www.therelationshipfoundation.org/guidebook.html 
 
Jun 7, 2017
Today's episode covers the quintessential musical Rent (2005). We discuss the character flaws and the beautiful music, and we talk through the way this film makes us think about the world differently. Both Kristen and Bethany saw this movie when it came out, and there's some discussion about how Rent is vastly different when viewed during the optimism of youth versus the cynicism of adulthood. 
 
These characters don't know how to adult. Everyone is a dick. 
 
Rent is all about fighting AIDS in this bohemian community in the 1980s.
Today, we are still fighting HIV and AIDS, and the scientific community is advancing. If you had told us in 2005 when Rent was released that in 2017 we would be reviewing it on a podcast at the same time that scientists were working on a vaccine for HIV, it's possible we wouldn't have believed you. 
 
Scientific advances in HIV vaccine research: 
 
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