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!
0:00:00 - 0:04:03 - Intros!
This is our first 3 man episode, which will now be a monthly
feature on this podcast, thanks to our Patreon supporters. Also dropping, as of this
episode, is our first monthly collection of criticism -- featuring
writing from Sean and Tucker and new original art from Morgan. The
only way to read it right now is to subscribe.
0:04:03 - 0:24:31 - Bridge of
Spies (2015), directed by Steven Spielberg,
starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Jesse
Plemmons, Austin Stowell, Dominick Lambardozzi, Eve Hewson, and
Also discussed in this section: Lincoln, Munich,
Minority Report, A.I., Amistad, The Terminal, War Horse, Tintin,
War of the Worlds, Transformers 4, North By
Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock, Christine, Saving
Private Ryan, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of
the Third Kind, The Bourne Legacy, Balky from Perfect
Strangers, The Right Stuff, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas
Anderson, Delocated, Scott Wolf, Eugene
Mirman, Argo, the Coen Brothers, David
Fincher, The Wire, Daniel Day Lewis,
and Deja Vu.
0:24:32 - 0:44:00 - The
Gift (2015), directed by Joel Edgerton, starring
Edgerton, Jason Bateman, and Rebecca Hall.
Also discussed in this section: Exodus: Gods And
Kings, The Rover, Jane's Got A Gun, Arrested Development, Unlawful
Entry, Fatal Attraction, Cache, Felony, Jai
Courtenay, Terminator Genesys, "A Boy Named Sue",
Oliver Reed, Smokin' Aces, Teen Wolf Too, Hogan's Family,
Silver Spoons, Single White Female, Rosemary's Baby, Animal
Kingdom, The Conjuring, Lords of Salem, Little
Murders, and The Usual Suspects.
0:44:01 - 1:05:06 - Bone
Tomahawk (2015), directed by S. Craig Zahler,
starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew
Fox, Sean Young, Lilli Simmons, David Arquette, Sid Haig, Zahn
McLarnon, James Tolkan, and Kathyrn Morris.
Also discussed in this section: Longmire, Wild
Bill, Walter Hill, Garrett Dillahunt, Lost, Alex
Cross, The Lord of the Rings, Dominic Monaghan, The
Green Inferno, Greg Nicotero, Blood Simple, The
Searchers, David Cronenberg, The A-Team, Lorenzo
Music vs Bill Murray, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Shane,
Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Clint Eastwood, The
Proposition, Spectre, Quantum of Solace, On Her Majesty's Secret
Service, Thunderball, From Russia With Love, and
finally, if you like this podcast, please check out Chris Ready's series of reviews on the James Bond
Next Week: Spectre.
Our outro music this week: "The Apartment" by
Giorgio Moroder from American Gigolo. And our
intro, as always, is from Escape From New York.
You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss.
For a quick look at who has been on the show before and what movies
have been discussed in each episode, look at our one-page
episode guide. This is a Patreon-supported podcast, subscribing to the show can
give you access to monthly criticism from Sean, Tucker, and
You can follow the show on twitter, tumblr,
If you like this show, please check out Tucker’s other
podcast Comic Books Are Burning In Hell (also
located at TFO and here),
TFO's music podcast Beat Connection with Marty
Brown and Nate Patrin (at TFO and here), and Katie Skelly & Sarah
Horrock’s Trash Twins (located here and here),
which Sean edits.
Like a potato with celery for hair.
About the Podcast
This is a podcast about movies, with Tucker Stone and Sean Witzke.