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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 28, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:32:36 - We're both very excited about the Superman v Batman trailer. Also discussed in this section: Chris Ready and his recent series of articles on Jackie Chan, Ben Affleck, Dennis the Menace Goes To Mexico, the Fantastic Four trailer, Star Wars trailer, the Bourne movies, Frank Miller, Dirty Harry, Christopher Nolan, Joss Whedon, Kenneth Branagh, Man of Steel, Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Suicide Squad, Poochy the Rockin Dog, Les Miserables, James Gunn, Will Smith, Jeremy Irons, Soundgarden, Floyd Farland, Superman Returns, Joel Schumacher, the Walking Dead, Lucio Fulci, Collateral, Josh Simmons' Black River, the Roger Corman Fantastic Four movie, the Iron Giant dvd box art, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mad Max Fury Road, Person of Interest, Child 44, Ex Machina, Matador, Short Circuit, Chappie, Automata, Assassins, Femme Fatale, Desperado, Haywire, The Specialists, Tango & Cash, James Woods, Sliver, Against All Odds, Videodrome, Willem Dafoe, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, The Professional, Dafoe meeting Molina on Spider-Man 2, Burges Meredith, Rocky, the Sopranos, Boiler Room, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, and The Dark Knight Rises.  
  • 0:32:37 - 0:43:54 - Sean watched Gone In 60 Seconds (1973), directed by and starring H. B. Halicki.

    Also discussed in this section: the remake, Bullit, Vanishing Point, Ronin, The Hidden, Freddy's Revenge, Belly, Speed Racer, Torque, Runaway, Victory, The Rock, Con Air, Face Off, Payback, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Kill Bill, Minority Report, Nymphomaniac, Michelle Rodriguez, The Slap, 24, Zachary Quinto, and Inside Amy Schumer

  • 0:43:55 - 0:54:07 - Tucker watched the first episode of Daredevil (2015), starring Bob Gunton, Scott Glenn, and probably some other people. 

    Also discussed in this section: Darius Khondji, Christopher Doyle, Old Boy, Winter Soldier, Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Frank Miller, Ann Nocenti, Three Days of the Condor, Demolition Man, Wild Palms, Kathryn Bigelow, Robert Loggia in the orange juice commercialWhiplash, Amadeus, The Grey, Devil's Rejects, The Seventh Seal, The Changeling, and Unbroken

  • 0:54:08 - 1:07:17 - Sean watched Rabid (1977), directed by David Cronenberg, starring Marilyn Chambers,

    Also discussed in this section: Shivers, Carrie, Beyond the Green Door, Ivan Reitman, Piere David, Videodrome, John Carpenter, The Fly, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Nest, Equalizer 2, Tony Scott, and The Fan