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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!

Jul 28, 2014

On this episode, Chris Mautner steps in and speaks with Sean about:

  • 0:00:00 - 0:08:44 - This week, Sean is joined by Chris "The Hatchet" Mautner for a Peer Performance Review session, and may/may not have been asked by Tucker to come in and fire Sean in a public place so he couldn't make a scene. But before that happens, they recorded a movie podcast!

    We start off talking about 3D movies. Discussed in this section: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hugo, Transformers 4, Coraline, Wall-E, Avatar, and Fly Me To the Moon.

  • 0:08:45 - 0:23:34 - HOMEWORK - Chris' assignment was The Island (2005), directed by Michael Bay, starring Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Bean, Djimon Honsu, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Kim Coates. 

    Also discussed in this section: Parts the Clonus Horror, Coma, Westworld, THX-1138, Logan's Run, Armageddon, The Rock, Transformers stuff, Elysium, Battleship, Blade Runner, Under the Skin, Dead Ringers, Moon, Orphan Black, and Batman Begins

  • 0:23:35 - 0:36:13 - HOMEWORK - Sean's assignment was Angel Heart (1987), directed by Alan Parker, starring Mickey Rourke, Robert Deniro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, and Dan Florek. 

    Also discussed in this section: Jacob's Ladder, Mississippi Burning, Bugsy Malone, Birdy, The Wall, Angela's Ashes, Midnight Express, Fame, Adrian Lyne sex scenes vs. Alan Parker sex scenes, Hellraiser, Brazil, Vanishing PointThe Cosby Show, Barton Fink, Bullit, and Lucio Fulci. 

  • 0:36:14 - 0:41:42 - Sean watched The Ninth Gate (1999), directed by Roman Polanski, starring Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, Frank Langella, James Russo, and Emmanuelle Seigner. 

    Also discussed in this section: Bitter Moon, Frantic, Boris Balkan as aspirational figure (for Sean), Carnage, Taken, Venus in Fur, and Woody Allen.

  • 0:41:23 - 0:50:26 - Chris watched Foreign Correspondent (1940), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, staring Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, and George Sanders. 

    Also discussed in this section: the Batman films, Fritz Lang, Tintin comics, Hitchcock as propagandist, Vince Vaughn, Rebecca, Don't Look Now, and Daphne Du Maurier. 

  • 0:50:27 - 0:59:55 - Chris watched Les Diaboliques (1955), directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, starring Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, and Charles Vanel. 

    Also discussed in this section: Clouzot vs Hitchcock, Vertigo, Dick Cavett, Psycho, The Conversation, X The Man with X-Ray Eyes, the Friday the 13th movies, Fatal Attraction,Suspiria, and the Guardians of the Galaxy trailers. 

  • 0:59:55 - 1:25:18 -  To close out, both Sean and Chris watched Scanners (1981), directed by David Cronenberg, starring Stephen Lack, Michael Ironsides, Jennifer O'Neill, and Patrick MacGoohan.  

    Also discussed in this section: Spider, Terry Gilliam, Cosmopolis, Rabid, Eastern Promises, Mark Millar's run on Ultimate X-Men, Gantz, Videodrome, The Brood, Ivan Reitman, Pierre David, Cronenberg and Howard Shore's scamming of the Canadian Government, Dead Ringers, Madame Butterfly, Shane Carruth, Vincenzo Natali, Chris Cunningham, Dennis Villeneuve, George Romero, JG Ballard, Cronenberg on "Venereal Horror", A History of Violence, Scanners 2: The New Order (which has an awesome trailer), Scanners 3: The Takeover, Scanner Cop, Screamers, Crimes of the Future, Stereo, and The Fury.

  • Next Week: A Very Special Episode on our nation's finest achievement: 24

    Our outro music this week: "Ephemerol" by Howard Shore from the Scanners soundtrack. 

  • "This is a multi-million dollar installation. He can't make that kind of decision."