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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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    • 3.4 • 99 Ratings

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.

    American Gangster, Part 2

    American Gangster, Part 2

    In the conclusion of American Gangster, Frank and Richie finally meet and join forces. Joanna and Dave talk about the fun of gangster movies’ obtuse language, Ruby Dee being awesome, and the FBI trying to sue this film for some reason. Plus, where are they now! 

    This episode is sponsored by:

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

    Pretty Litter (https://prettylitter.com/) (Code: TVH)

    Purple (https://purple.com/tvh10)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Distilled” by Nctrnm (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nctrnm) ; “I Bet You Wonder Why” by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) ; and “Passages” by Kai Engel (https://www.kai-engel.com/) . 

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    • 53 min
    American Gangster, Part 1

    American Gangster, Part 1

    Dave and Joanna talk about this fast-paced but very long film with so many cameos but maybe too many characters. Denzel gives a stellar performance as real-life gangster Frank Louis, but how much is real is up for debate . . . after all, gangsters aren’t known for being entirely truthful. 

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Raycon (https://www.buyraycon.com/tvh)

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Distilled” by Nctrnm (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nctrnm) ; “Passages” by Kai Engel (https://www.kai-engel.com/) ; and “I Bet You Wonder Why” 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/)  

    • 52 min
    Munich, Part 2

    Munich, Part 2

    In the second part of the Munich discussion, Dave and Joanna talk about the strange arc this story takes and the theme of going home after changing. Plus we’ll hear what really happened in the assassination attempts of Ali Hassan Salameh, and yes, we’ll talk about that weird scene at the end of the film.

    This episode is sponsored by:

    What’s Missing Podcast (https://whatsmissingpodcast.com/)

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

    Truth vs Hollywood’s theme is “Temples” by Six Umbrellas (http://www.sixumbrellas.de/) . Music in this episode is “Parasite,” “The Vision,” 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/)

    • 50 min
    Introducing: Even the Rich

    Introducing: Even the Rich

    Wondery’s Even the Rich gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the stories of some of the greatest family dynasties in history. This season, three siblings — Gianni, Donatella, and Santo Versace — built one of the greatest fashion labels the world has ever seen. But when Gianni is murdered on the front steps of his Miami Beach mansion, the label loses its visionary. Can the House of Versace survive?

    On this four-episode series, we’ll dive into the origins of the Versace label and we’ll meet a few celebrities along the way, like Elton John, Princess Diana, and Madonna.

    Listen to the full episode: http://wondery.fm/ETR_TruthVSHollywood

    • 6 min
    Munich, Part 1

    Munich, Part 1

    Dave and Joanna talk about Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed and controversial film Munich, starring none other than Eric Bana for some reason. How many people does it really take to do a years-long intelligence operation? Is six enough? Why are there still no women in this film? Plus we hear from journalists and athletes about what really happened at the Munich Olympic village and why so many things went wrong. 

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Purple (https://purple.com/tvh10)

    Asian Enough Podcast (https://art19.com/shows/asian-enough)

    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 “Not Alone” by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/) ; “Petrichor,” and “Parasite” by Scott Buckley (https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/) ; and  “Scenery”  by Kai Engel (https://www.kai-engel.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/)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    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

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

FaunAce ,

Good but......

This pod is entertaining enough, giving the real story behind the fiction making it interesting. The host are engaging and erudite, however they do fall into a trap that is both as predictible in the current climate as it is disappointing, the demonisation of male characters.
I.e. Fictionalised real life male character behaves badly = Held to account and shamed for actions.
Fictionalised real life female character behaves badly = Poorly written female and/or mitigating circumstanes with excuses made for actions.
In The Social Newtwork episode the host mentioned she couldn't feel sorry for 'rich white men'. In this she has missed the point of the film entirely which is to challenge us to feel empathy for priveliged harvard types who may seem to have it all but are missing the real, emotional connections that make us human. As with most things, this podcast would be greatly improved were it to drop the identity politics and stick to the entertaining, informative information we continue to subscribe for.

Note, After listening to all of these pods so far and giving it more than a fair chance due to its interesting concept, I’ve unsubscribed. They constantly complain about the weakness of the female roles in the very movies they themselves have chosen to speak about. Perhaps they should consider covering a movie that does indeed have strong, well written female characters about which they could be positive and highlight their great work in the future.

DodoLondon ,

Boring, Empty Listen

It’s unbelievably vacuous. After less than 10 minutes i have developed a thorough antipathy for her laugh.
Really basic

Matt6373 ,

Missing something

It’s ok, great film to get started with. But feels like it’s missing something, it’s a bit wooden. And David constantly using Joanna’s full name really starts to grate after five minutes.

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