Is This Reel Life?
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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.
||ExplicitITRL Temporary Hiatus||Hey Listeners! We're going on a hiatus for a little while. We're ok! Kristen needed some time for personal reasons. Bethany, however, will be starting TWO NEW podcasts!!! One about atheism-related current events in historical...||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 34 - Whodunit - Clue||WE LOVE CLUE. We know you do, too. Everyone loves Clue (1985). If you've never seen it by all means doooooo. Joining us on this adventure is Jess Larsen, who lends her expertise to this new installment of our Whodunit series...||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 33 - Whodunit? - The Fugitive||It wasn't us; it was the one-armed man! For this installment of Whodunit, we're covering The Fugitive (1993). It's fun, it's fast, and it's got plenty of one-liners to keep you happy. The Fugitive IMDb:...||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 32 - Whodunit? - The Conversation||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...||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 31 - Magic Carpet Ride - La La Land||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..||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 30 - Magic Carpet Ride - Rent||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...||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 29 - Magic Carpet Ride - Purple Rain||Join Kristen and Bethany as they discuss Prince, Purple Rain (1984), and the upsetting themes in the film. The 80's were a time of montages and music, and we love that, even the big purple motorcycle. We don't really love domestic abuse; actually, we...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 28 - Magic Carpet Ride - Cannibal! The Musical||You guys know South Park, right? You know The Book of Mormon musical on Broadway? Surely you know Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Did you know that Trey Parker made a musical while he was in college? It's described as a "black comedy...||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 27 - Magic Carpet Ride - Mamma Mia!||Here we go again - my, my, how could we resist Mamma Mia (2008)? This lovely flick was requested by our current top patron Meagan, who we have to thank for an excellent time discussing such a silly and fun movie. Thanks, Meagan! We...||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 25 - God's Not Dead 2 (Part 2) - Reloaded||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...||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 24 - God's Not Dead 2 (Part 1)||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...||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 23 - Tears for Queers - Kiss of the Spider Woman||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...||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPatron-only Preview - The Devil Inside||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...||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 22 - Tears for Queers - Pride||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...||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 21 - Tears for Queers - Transamerica||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...||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 20 - Tears for Queers - Milk||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...||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 19 - Tears for Queers - But I'm a Cheerleader ( part 2)||#LesbianFunTimes Part Two: Electric Boogaloo. See snazzy links in previous episode for Ris and all her awesomeness.||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 18 - Tears for Queers - But I'm a Cheerleader (Part 1)||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...||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 17 - Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! - North Country||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...||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 16 - Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! - A League of Their Own||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...||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 15 - Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! - Flashdance||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...||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 14 - Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! - Mulan||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..||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 13 - Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! - Norma Rae||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...||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitITRL Episode 12 - Don't Call Me Girl, Sir! - Dirty Dancing||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...||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 11 - Mental Health Days - Beginners||Do you enjoy movies with no plot? Funny animals that are actually characters? Random jumping forward and backward in time and space? Then you will love this movie. Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer are the stars of this heartwrenching tale of...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 10 - Mental Health Days - Girl, Interrupted||It's hard to come up with a more intense, interesting, and thought-provoking movie about mental health than Girl, Interrupted (1999). We discuss hospitalization, various mental illnesses, coping mechanisms, and how it's sometimes hard to tell when...||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 9 - Mental Health Days - A Beautiful Mind||You can't really discuss mental health or paranoid schizophrenia without talking about John Nash, of Game Theory Fame. In this episode, we cover A Beautiful Mind (2001) with special guest Alexandra Hedrick. A Beautiful Mind IMDb:...||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 8 - Mental Health Days - The Aviator||You can't really talk about mental health without discussing one of the most ubiquitous portrayals of mental illness in film: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. For this episode, we watched The Aviator (2004), a movie about the life and madness of Howard...||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Bonus Episode Segment: The Room||--||1/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 7 - Mental Health Days - The Virgin Suicides||When we decided to start this podcast, we wanted to cover some pretty deep s**t. Topics like religion and LGBTQ issues... and mental health. This episode is about The Virgin Suicides (1999) and it begins our series dubbed Mental Health Days (because...||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Holiday Special - The Year Without a Santa Claus||Happy Winter Solstice! We want to thank all of our patrons for supporting our new podcast. For that reason, we've decided to get you a special holiday episode all about the 1974 classic The Year Without a Santa Claus just in time for the 2016 Winter...||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 6 - Movies that Moved... Someone? - God's Not Dead||Let this special extra-long episode be evidence to you, dear listeners, that we love you enough to watch some truly terrible movies for your amusement. This episode in the Movies that Moved... Someone? series discusses God's Not Dead (2014). This...||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 5 - Movies that Moved... Someone? - Catching Faith||Continuing our series of Movies that Moved... Someone? Kristen chose Catching Faith (2015), which was promoted as a movie about a high school football star who gets in trouble with alcohol, but Jesus comes to the rescue. Unfortunately, the description..||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 4 - Movies that Moved... Someone? - Fireproof||For the second episode in our series of Movies that Moved... Someone? we watched Fireproof (2008), the harrowing tale of a jackass firefighter whose marriage is on the rocks, and who apparently really doesn't like trash cans or computers. ...||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 3 - Movies that Moved... Someone? - Christian Mingle||In plenty of time for your commute home from work, episode 3 starts our second series: Movies that Moved... Someone? We tortured our brains and eyes for you by watching some seriously dreadful Christian movies; they may have touched the heart of...||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 2 - Movies We Missed: Boy Meets Girl||For the second episode in the Movies We Missed series, we chose a movie that neither of us had seen before: Boy Meets Girl (2014). It's a romantic (?) comedy (?) drama (?) that follows Ricky, a young trans woman in Kentucky. When this film initially...||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanITRL Episode 1 - Movies We Missed: The Addams Family||The much anticipated first episode of Is This Reel Life? is here! For our first movie series, we are covering Movies We Missed, these are films that at least one of us should have seen already, but hadn't. The first episode covers The Addams Family...||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Glad they are finally on iTunes! These ladies really break down movies in a way from a unique POV thats intresting and thought provoking as well.
Amazing cinematographic analysis!
The above is a paraphrased quote by he lawyer whose name I forget who guested on the God's Not Dead 2 episodes.
This is probably the best film podcast I've listened to. These hosts are super entertaining and fabulously smart. Subscribe, everyone!
Great show for cultural analysis nerds
Fun, hilarious breakdowns of the media we all consume, with lots of wonderful guests. Pairs well with drinking. Can't wait to listen to more.