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Is This Reel Life?
1 minutes | Jul 11, 2017
ITRL 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 context (@SheTalksAtheism) and another about true crime (@CrimeyWimeyStuff)! As well as a couple of other side projects - keep an eye on @BethanyLFutrell on Twitter for updates.
75 minutes | Jul 5, 2017
ITRL 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. Joini
65 minutes | Jun 28, 2017
ITRL 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: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106977/
78 minutes | Jun 21, 2017
ITRL 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
71 minutes | Jun 14, 2017
ITRL 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 Bloodsport. (Steve really doesn't like musicals)
76 minutes | Jun 7, 2017
ITRL 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 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.
73 minutes | May 31, 2017
ITRL 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 hate domestic abuse. Purple Rain IMDb; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087957/
70 minutes | May 24, 2017
ITRL 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 horror musical film" and it's super low budget and crazy weird. The plot covers the story of Alferd Packer, who was accused of cannibalism while he and his party were headed to Breckenridge, Colorado in search of gold.
84 minutes | May 17, 2017
ITRL 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 appreciate you giving us a good one!
141 minutes | May 9, 2017
ITRL 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 2 today, and we hope you enjoy it.
122 minutes | Apr 26, 2017
ITRL 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 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/
67 minutes | Apr 19, 2017
ITRL 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 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.
5 minutes | Apr 13, 2017
Patron-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 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
81 minutes | Apr 12, 2017
ITRL 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 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/
90 minutes | Apr 5, 2017
ITRL 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 (2005). Transamerica IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407265/
79 minutes | Mar 29, 2017
ITRL 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 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/
54 minutes | Mar 22, 2017
ITRL 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.
79 minutes | Mar 15, 2017
ITRL 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 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
64 minutes | Mar 9, 2017
ITRL 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 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)
90 minutes | Mar 1, 2017
ITRL 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 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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