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Travis Bickle On The Riviera

Hi there! I'm Tucker Stone, one of the three guys who hosts a podcast called Travis Bickle on the Rivieria. I've written for places like Flavorwire, The Comics Journal, Comixology and The Factual Opinion, and am currently punching the clock at Nobrow, a publisher of comics, graphic novels and children's books. Back in 2012, my friend Sean Witzke, a movie critic whose most recent work can be read at Grantland, started this podcast as a way to continue the conversations (and arguments) we had been having about movies amongst our mutual blogs.

Although neither one of us had listened to a lot of podcasts, we felt that our cantankerous, expletive laden diatribes might be of interest to others, and in the years since, we have been extremely lucky to be proven right: people, for whatever reason, like to listen to a couple of miserable depressives wax nostalgic over action movies from the 80's. (It probably didn't hurt that the hugely talented Michel Fiffe drew our logo image!)

When I became a father in 2013, longtime friend of the show and frequent guest host Morgan Jeske came on board to keep Sean from going stir crazy with backed-up opinions. Jeske--the talented cartoonist behind books for Image Comics like Change and Zero--rapidly made himself indispensable, and after my return to the show, it only made sense to welcome him on as an official host, turning this gruesome twosome into the trio it had always been destined to be. As the episodes have piled up (you can check out our episode guide, with every movie, director and special episode listed here), the show was continually graced with a murderers row of guests from the world of comics and film--you can see all of those amazing people at that link as well.

All of that brings us right up to right now, a cold day in October: the day where we ask for help. Simply put, the increased interest in the show has meant that we've had to put a bit more into the nuts and bolts of paying for it than we used to, and we thought 133 episodes (at most recent count) was enough to try passing the hat to help meet the costs. The show isn't in danger of going anyway anytime soon--Sean, Morgan and I like hurting each others feelings just a little too much for that to be a real concern--but we would appreciate the breathing room that financial support will allow.  Below you'll see the various levels of pledge options and the rewards they provide--we're pretty excited about them, especially the one where we send you surprises you can't return--but even if you come away thinking that we don't deserve one thin dime, it still means a lot that you stopped by in the first place. Thank you for reading, but most of all thank you for listening!

Apr 6, 2020

This week, Tucker is talking with Matt Seneca about The Invisible Man, the new one from Leigh Whannell & Elizabeth Moss, and then they catch up on Beaches, and then Tucker talks about Garth Ennis until they run out of tape, restart things and talk more about Garth Ennis. GARTH!


Mar 23, 2020

It's a shelter-in-place special, with Chicago residents Tom & Sara McHenry. They'll talk to Tucker about how they're managing the new normal: high doses of Marvel movie fan Martin Scorsese. Stick around to see if you can remember the name of a Sleepers star before Tom and Tucker do! 

Our intro, as always, is from Escape...


Mar 14, 2020

Matt and Tucker plow through Tucker's recent foray into the classics section, Matt pontificates on The Flowers Of St. Francis, they talk about comics. David Lean, Michael Bay, whether or not you should have to watch Charlize Theron kiss someone that is a regular person, and a dude who used tap dancing as an insult. Get...


Feb 17, 2020

This week, Tucker and Matt Seneca are talking about two movies featuring Blake Lively: the notorious box office flop Rhythm Section, and A Simple Favor, a weird hybrid of comedy and noir featuring Anna Kendrick and the latest actor to don the black visor of SNAKE EYES.


Feb 10, 2020

Ah, war pictures: can Matt Seneca get over his (understandable!) moral objections and get about the business of enjoying Sam Mendes latest attempt to be your favorite overly fussy British filmmaker type? 1917 isn't the only item on the to-do list--we're also getting about the business of talking footchases, with...