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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!

Jun 24, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:14:21 - INTROS - We have a little CBS Storybreak of our own, as Tucker has read the first Jack Reacher book, Killing Floor by Lee Child. 

    Also discussed in this section: True Detective season 2, Parker, Raymond Chandler, John Wayne, Howard Hawks, Hannibal, and Tom Cruise.

  • 0:14:22 - 0:27:13 - We catch up on our favorite tv show with Person of Interest season 4, starring Camryn Manheim. 

    Also discussed in this section: Pink Floyd, Asif Mandvi, The Who, Terminator 2, The Wire, and True Romance

  • 0:27:14 - 0:33:50 - Tucker saw Spy (2015), directed by Paul Feig, starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Zach Woods, 50 Cent, Jude Law, Bobby Cannavale, Miranda Hart, Peter Serafinowicz, and Allison Janney. 

    Also discussed in this section: Veep, 28 Weeks Later, Beowulf, Charlie Chaplin, Silicon Valley, Neighbors, Damages, The Departed, The Proposition, Noah, Terminator 5, and Angelina Jolie. 

  • 0:33:51 - 0:46:08 - Sean watched, not by choice, the Entourage movie (2015), directed by some bag of human shit, starring Haley Joel Osment. 

    Also discussed in this section: the X-Files movies, McG, The Interview, Gary Busey, Sling Blade, Law & Order, PCU, Serenity, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Kung Fu Hustle, Nightwatch, Daywatch, Roger Corman, Mark Millar, Danny Boyle, Mark Wahlberg, Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo, Natalie Wood, David Lynch, Nightcrawler, and Last House on the Left. 

  • 0:46:09 - 1:12:42 - Finally, Sean watched the honest to god masterpiece Dogville (2003), directed by Lars Von Trier, starring Nicole Kidman, James Caan, Stellan Skarsgaard, Lauren Bacall, Paul Bettany, Ben Gazzara, Udo Kier, Patricia Clarkson, Chloe Sevigny, Zeljko Ivanek, Phillip Baker Hall, Siobahn Fallon, Jeremy Davies, Cleo King, and Shauna Shim. 

    Also discussed in this section: Manderlay, I Spit On Your Grave, They Call Her One Eye, Coffy, Straw Dogs, The Matrix sequels, Day of the Dead, Bertolt Brecht, There Will Be Blood, James Caan's role in Wes Anderson and Michael Mann films, The Godfather, Lord of the Flies, Angels In America, Suspiria, One From The Heart, Nashville, Panic Room, Nymphomaniac, Unbreakable, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World, Fay Wray, The Lost World, The Devil Wears PradaBill Burr vs Philadelphia, and the trailer for Sicaro

  • RIP James Horner.