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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!

Dec 22, 2014

In our gift to you this holiday season, Morgan Jeske is back. He has made his preliminary best of the year list, and he has joined us to share it. Tucker and Sean will be doing a definitive best of 2014 episode with a countdown and everything the first or second week of the new year. People who made their list in...

Dec 15, 2014

Before we start this week, we're going to point you to another podcast. Former guest on this show (in the most recent Halloween special) Sarah Horrocks has joined up with Katie Skelly for The Trash Twins. In the first episode they discuss Valley of the Dolls, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and Helter Skelter. If you...

Dec 3, 2014

  • After the break, you'll find the latest episode of the world's only movie podcast, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. With your host Sean Witzke and we welcome guest host and teen sensation Chris Mautner.
  • 0:00:00 - 0:25:58 - To start us off this week, we talk about a movie that doesn't fit the episode format. Chris...

Nov 25, 2014

On this episode, Tucker and Sean get together to talk about THE REAL.

  • :00:00 - 0:19:51 - Both Tucker and Sean saw Interstellar (2014), directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, John Lithgow (IN THE SAME MOVIE, IN THE SAME FUCKING SCENE), Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley,...

Nov 21, 2014

  1. Dialog taken from Escape From New York (1981), dir. John Carpenter
  2. Riz Ortolani - "Adulteress's Punishment" from Cannibal Holocaust (1980), dir. Ruggero Deodato
  3. Goblin - "Sleepwalking" from Phenomena (1985), dir. Dario Argento
  4. Wang Chung - "Black Blue White" from To Live and Die in LA (1985), dir. William...