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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!

Sep 14, 2015


  • 0:00:00 - 0:17:09 - Intros! - Discussed in this section: Paul Thomas Anderson, Brian De Palma, Jake Paltrow, Noah Baumbach, Funny Games, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich, Altman, Full Tilt Boogie, Directed By John Ford, A Wedding, Alex Ross Perry, Young Ones, Mad Max Fury Road, Queen of Earth, Heavy Metal, Quentin Tarantino, Molly Lambert on Mad Men, Blow Out, The Red Shoes, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Bruce Willis, David O. Russell, David Fincher, Steven Soderbergh, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Fight Club, Paul Thomas Anderson, Madagascar 3, While We're Young, Impolex, Wonderboys, Listen Up Phillip, and Greenberg.
  • 0:17:10 - 0:26:19 - The Wratih (1986), directed by Mike Marvin, starring Charlie Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn, Nick Cassavettes, Randy Quaid, and Clint Howard.

Also discussed in this section: Ghost Rider, Ferris Bueler's Day Off, Hobo With the Shotgun, Twin Peaks, The Exterminator, and John Cassavettes.

  • 0:26:20 - 0:44:18 - Tombstone (1993), directed by Kurt Russell & George P Cosmatos, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Beihn, Thomas Haden Church, Charlton Heston, Stephen Lang, Dana Delaney, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Mitchum, Terry O'Quinn, Billy Zane, Michael Rooker, Molly Quinn, and Harry Carry Jr. 

Also discussed in this section: Posse, Village of the Damned, Planet of the Apes, In the Mouth of Madness, True Lies, Jeremiah Johnson, There Will Be Blood, Deadwood, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill, Unforgiven, The Quick and the Dead, Lawrence Kasdan, Silverado, Lonesome Dove, Cobra, Rambo II, The Ben Stiller Show, Executive Decision, The Biography Channel, Bob Dylan, John Landis, and Michael Bay. 

  • 0:44:19 - 0:52:20 - From Dusk Til Dawn (1996), directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Michael Parks, John Hawks, Ernest Liu, Salma Hayak, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, John Saxon, Kelly Preston, Tom Savini, and Fred Williamson.

Also discussed in this section: Grindhouse, Evil Dead, El Rey, the completely awesome Director's Chair series, Michael Mann, George Miller, Francis Ford Coppola, Joe Swanberg, Heat, One Fine Day, The Peacemaker, Michael Clayton, Out of Sight, and Tony Gilroy. 

  • 0:52:21 - 1:02:50 - Twin Peaks created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. 

Also discussed in this section: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Inland Empire, Keifer Sutherland, David Bowie, Harry Dean Stanton, Miami Vice, Zodiac, Homeland, Masters of Horror, Californication, Dexter, Entourage, Hannibal, Vincenzo Natali, Manhunter, Clueless, Fried Green Tomatoes, Practical Magic, and Benny & Joon.

  • 1:02:51 - 1:18:51 - 2 Days, 1 Night (2014), directed by the Dardenne Brothers, starring Marion Cottilard, Fabrizio Rangione, and Catherine Salee. 

Also discussed in this section: Kid With a Bike, A Boy and His Bike, Public Enemies, Inception, The Immigrant, Jeremy Renner, Dressed to Kill, Code Unknown, and The Wild Bunch.

  • Next Week: Eyes Wide Shut special
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