OMFG this is such a weird movie. There's weird moving from actual reality to hallucinations. There's drug addiction and truly intense scenes of emotional despair. It jumps around a lot.
Please enjoy our review of All The Jazz (1979).
All That Jazz IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078754/
We sincerely apologize for the software error which caused Andrew not to appear on part 2 when it was initially released and the issue with part 1 which made it appear that Bethany and Andrew were talking over each other. We are re-releasing part 2 today, and we hope you enjoy it.
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/
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.
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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 else…'."
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/
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/
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/
#LesbianFunTimes Part Two: Electric Boogaloo.
See snazzy links in previous episode for Ris and all her awesomeness.
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
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)
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
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/
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.
Mulan IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120762/
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/
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/
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/
Borderline Personality Disorder: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Borderline-Personality-Disorder
Girl, Interrupted IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172493/
A Beautiful Mind IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268978/