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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, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:20:31 - Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens 3D IMAX Experience (2015), directed by JJ Abrams, written by JJ Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt, starring Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Daisey Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Peter Mayhew, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyongo, Andy Serkis,...

Dec 14, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:11:15 - Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), directed by Marielle Heller, starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgaard, and Christopher Meloni.
  • Also discussed in this section: Asia...

Dec 8, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:18:57 - Certified Copy (2010), directed by Abbas Kiarostami, starring Juliet Binoche & William Shimmell. 
  • Also discussed in this section: The Report, Crimes of the Future, Stereo, The Brood, Spectre, Hard Ball, Kevin Costner, Before Sunrise, Let the Right One In, Zatoichi, Masters of Cinema, Dario Argento,...

Dec 1, 2015

This week, Sean Witzke and Tucker Stone talk about:

  • 0:00:00 - 0:37:58 - Spectre (2015), directed by Sam Mendes, starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Cristoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Andrew Scott, Monica Bellucci, Jesper Christensen and Rory Kinnear. 
  • Also discussed in...

Nov 24, 2015


  • 0:00:00 - 0:19:22 - Once Were Warriors (1994), directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Rena Owen, Temura Morrison, Julian Arahanga, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Cliff Curtis, and Pete Smith
  • Also discussed in this section: The Scorch Trials, Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, The Edge, Die Another Day, Morgan Freeman, Ashley...