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Truth vs Hollywood is a critical look at the real story behind popular films that are Based on a True Story. From the tragedy of Munich to the fun of Goodfellas, our film-loving hosts David Chen and Joanna Robinson will explore the films as well as What Really Happened. Aided by interviews with writers, journalists, and the people who were really there. In exploring the true story and how it was portrayed in the film, Truth vs Hollywood examines the larger theme of film vs real life.

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Truth vs Hollywood is a critical look at the real story behind popular films that are Based on a True Story. From the tragedy of Munich to the fun of Goodfellas, our film-loving hosts David Chen and Joanna Robinson will explore the films as well as What Really Happened. Aided by interviews with writers, journalists, and the people who were really there. In exploring the true story and how it was portrayed in the film, Truth vs Hollywood examines the larger theme of film vs real life.

    Argo, Part 2

    Argo, Part 2

    It’s part 2 of the Argo discussion. Dave and Joanna discuss Ben Affleck’s performance, plot points that lead to nowhere, and the importance of pocket litter; and we’ll hear from some of the six diplomats about what actually happened during the big airport scene. And no film would be complete without a “Where are they now” segment! 

    This episode is sponsored by:
    Pretty Litter (https://prettylitter.com/) (Code: TVH)

    Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/tvh)

    The Great Courses Plus (https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tvh)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Slum Canto,” by Kai Engel (https://www.kai-engel.com/) ; “Thoughtful” by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) ; and “Petrichor” by Scott Buckley (https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/) .

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

    • 49 min
    Argo, Part 1

    Argo, Part 1

    Joanna and Dave talk about Ben Affleck’s somewhat goofy take on a heavy and complicated political situation that led to almost 90 people being held hostage for over a year. They’ll talk about the heavy Canadian criticism of this movie, the weirdness of 1970s Hollywoodland, and hear from some of the six diplomats who were saved on what exactly they did for three months holed up in a mansion.

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Better Help (https://www.betterhelp.com/tvh)

    Green Chef (https://www.greenchef.com/tvh80) (Code: TVH80)

    The Great Courses Plus (https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tvh)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is "Night Owl" by Broke for Free (https://soundcloud.com/broke-for-free) ; and “Thoughtful” by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) ; and “Petrichor” by Scott Buckley (https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/) .

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Zodiac, Part 2

    Zodiac, Part 2

    As the characters in Zodiac follow one specific lead, Joanna and Dave tell us about many of the other leads in this case, famous houseboats, more lack of female characters, more cipher trouble, and of course, what actually happened to everyone after the events of the film?

    This episode is sponsored by:

    The Great Courses Plus (https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tvh)

    The Alienist Season 2  (https://www.tntdrama.com/angel-of-darkness)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is "Night Owl" by Broke for Free (https://soundcloud.com/broke-for-free) ; and “Closing my Eyes for a Moment," by Daniel Birch (https://www.danielbirchmusic.com/) .

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

    • 51 min
    Zodiac, Part 1

    Zodiac, Part 1

    Dave and Joanna discuss the much-loved but Oscar-snubbed film Zodiac, based on the book by Robert Graysmith/Jake Gyllenhaal. What characters actually never met in real life? What clues to the Zodiac did the cops make up in the film? And Joanna brings her California expertise about basements.

    This episode is sponsored by:
    Mint Mobile (https://www.mintmobile.com/tvh)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Closing my Eyes for a Moment," by Daniel Birch (https://www.danielbirchmusic.com/) ; "Night Owl" by Broke for Free (https://soundcloud.com/broke-for-free) ; and "Thoughtful" by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) . 

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

    • 54 min
    The Social Network, Part 2

    The Social Network, Part 2

    The second half of The Social Network has a lot of surprises, including lighting scarves on fire, the strange depiction of a Napster co-founder, and cannibal chickens. Plus a look at where Facebook went between the film and now - it's social media for your parents to post weird things on.

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Under Suspicion," by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) ; and “Thinking Music,” “Beauty Flow,” and "Concentration," by Kevin MacLeod. (https://incompetech.com/)

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

    • 53 min
    The Social Network, Part 1

    The Social Network, Part 1

    Dave and Joanna talk about The Social Network, with its jarring Aaron Sorkin dialogue known for being clever but inaccruate. We'll hear from journalsits who have a softer take on Zuckerberg's motivations, a harsher take on how important the Winkelvoss twins actually were, and hear about Facebook's OTHER founders. Also, are there any women in this movie at all? 

    This episode is sponsored by:

    The Great Courses Plus (https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/tvh)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Deliberate Thoughs,” “Thinking Music,” and “Beauty Flow,” by Kevin MacLeod. (https://incompetech.com/)

    Sound effects from freesound.org (http://freesound.org/) by qubodup (https://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/182109/) . Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

    • 54 min

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