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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 14, 2014

On this episode, Tucker and Sean talk about movies and such. Here's a breakdown:

  • 0:00:00 - 0:12:58 - We discuss this tumblr post by our friend Abhay about some guys on twitter who like the word "masterpiece" a lot. 

    I searched our names and "masterpiece", and jeez I used that word more than once and that does make me an asshole. For the most part, though, it's in reference to old ass slasher movies, so I'm cool with that. Tucker Stone is most associated with the word "masterpiece" in Masterpiece Remodeling sculpting company in Tucker, Ga. They're really good, they built my breakfast bar out of solid granite. This breakfast bar? A MASTERPIECE.

  • 0:12:59 - 0:22:53 - Tucker watched Snowpiercer (2013), directed by Bong Joon-Ho, starring John Hurt. 

    Also discussed in this section: The trailer for Hercules, The Fifth Element, and The Matrix Reloaded.

  • 0:22:54 - 0:49:13 - Tucker watched Transformers 4: The Rise of Cobra (2014), directed by Michael Bay, starring Mark Whalberg, Stanley Tucci, TJ Miller, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, and Titus Welliver. 

    Here's Tucker writing a little more about Lockdown. Also discussed in this section: Prometheus, Man of Steel, the other Transformers movies, HPV, Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Apocalypse Now, and Bad Boys 2

  • 0:49:14 - 0:56:16 - Sean watched A Touch of Sin (2013), directed by Jia Zhangke, starring Jiang Wu, Zhao Tao, and Wang Baoquiang.

    Also mentioned in this section: Ozu, Miike, Mystery Train, and our perennial comparison point, Faces of Death

  • 0:56:17 - 1:03:58 - We talk about the new trailers for David Fincher's Gone Girl, Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings, and David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars. We're not enthused about any of them, and we're worried about the trailers for the new Takashi Miike & Michael Mann. 

    Also discussed in this section: Planet of the Apes 8, Sean Connery in Time Bandits and The Wind and the Lion, Russel Crowe in Noah, Darius Khondji, Michele Soavi's work with Terry Gilliam and Dario Argento, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 12 Monkeys, Robin Hood, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Brothers Grimm, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Prometheus, and Tideland.

  • 1:03:59 - 1:10:22 - Sean watched Subway (1985), directed by Luc Besson back when that meant something, starring Isabelle Adjani, Christopher Lambert, Jean Reno, Eric Serra, Richard Bohringer, Michael Galabrau, and Jean-Hughes Anglade.

    Also discussed in this section: Tenebre, Hard Boiled, The Family, Bad SantaNothing Lasts Forever - an unreleased Bill Murray/Zach Galligan movie from 1984 which is on youtubeMonuments Men, and La Femme Nikita

  • 1:10:23 - 1:24:09 - To close out, Tucker updates us on Jack Bauer and Tate Donovan in 24: Live Another Day. Because he's an AMERICAN.

    Also discussed in this section: Bond movies, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, CSI, Hannibal, The Grey, Homefront, The Purge: Racism, Frank Grillo, Sonny Chiba and the remake of The Raid.

  • Next Week: Screaming and gnashing of teeth. 

    Our outro music this week: "Lockdown" by Steve Jablonsky from Transformers 4


    Next Week: Screaming and gnashing of teeth. 

    Our outro music this week: "Lockdown" by Steve Jablonsky from Transformers 4

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