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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 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, Arrow video, Blue Underground, Johnnie To, Body Beast, PiYo, and Gal Gadot. 
  • 0:18:58 - 0:38:08 - Creed (2015), directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, and THE VOICE OF LIEV SCHRIEBER.
  • Also discussed in this section: Rocky 1-6, Seven Days In Hell, Luis Bunuel, 30 for 30 on Rocky 4, ConcussionHateful 8, Christopher Morse, Albert Brooks, Andrew Bujalski on Rocky, Truffaut's Antoine Doinel series, Fantastic Four, Friday Night Lights, Fast & Furious 7, Daniel Day Lewis, and Miles Teller.
  • 0:38:09 - 1:21:22 - SPORTS BRACKET PART ONE: Boxing/Fighting movies! We start our sports bracket Movies covered: Girlfight, The Set Up, Raging Bull, , Million Dollar Baby, Fighting, Kickboxer, Best of the Best 1-3, Rocky 2-4, Warrior, Triumph of the Spirit, Undisputed, Undisputed III: Redemption, Boyka: Undisputed, Ali, The Hurricane, Hard Times, Play It To the Bone, Great White Hype, Sanshiro Sugata, The Boxer, Cinderella Man, Karate Kid 1-4 ,In Hell, Far & Away, Gladiator, Gymkata, Only the Strong, and Vision Quest.
  • Also discussed in this section: Tin Cup, Steel Helmet, Field of Dreams, Major League, Miami Vice, Blackhat, Martin Scorsese, Bobby Deerfield, Blue Chips, Seven, Beverly Hills Cop, Bull Durham, Ron Shelton, Money Train, White Men Can't Jump, Joseph Ruben, Sleeping With the Enemy, The Forgotten, Good Son, The Stepfather, Jennifer's Body, Tom Cruise, John Carpenter, U Talking U2 2 Me, Aziz Ansari, The Next Iron Chef, Solo, Soldier, Legends of the Dark Knight, "How Do You Talk To An Angel", Without Limits, Idris Elba, Shaolin Soccer, Varsity Blues, Any Given Sunday, and Rocky Balboa.
  • Next Week: Diary of a Teenage Girl.
  • Our outro music this week: "How Do You Talk To An Angel" by The Heights from 90210. 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 Morgan. 
  • You can follow the show on twittertumblr, and facebook. 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.