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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!

Oct 30, 2015


  • The films of Tony Scott
  • The Hunger (1983), starring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Catharine Denueve, Cliff De Young, Beth Ehlers, and Dan Hedeya. Written by Ian Davis, Michael Thomas, and Whitley Streiber. Music by Danny Jaeger and Michael Rubini. Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt. Editing by Pamela Power. Production design by Brian Morris. Costume design by Milena Canonero. Special makeup effects by Dick Smith. 
  • Top Gun (1986), starring Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerrrit, Michael Ironsides, and John Stockwell. Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. Music by Harold Faltermeyer. Cinematography by Jeffrey Kimball. Editing by Chris Lebenzon and Billy Weber. 
  • Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987), starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jurgen Pronchow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Neilsen, Allen Garfield, Dean Stockwell, Paul Reiser, Gilbert R. Hill, Chris Rock, and Paul Guilfoyle. Written by Larry Ferguson, Warren Skaaren, David Giler, and Dennis Klein. Music by Harold Faltermeyer. Cinematography by Jeffrey Kimball.  Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Michael Tronick, and Billy Weber.
  • Revenge (1990), starring Kevin Costner, Madeline Stowe, Anthony Quinn, Tomas Milian, Sally Kirkland, Miguel Ferrer, and John Leguizamo. Written by Jim Harrison and Jeffrey Fiskin. Music by Jack Nitzsche. Cinematography by Jeffrey Kimball. Editing by Chris Lebenzon and Michael Tronick. 
  • Days of Thunder (1990), starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, John C. Reilly, Fred Thompson, and Michael Rooker. Written by Robert Towne. Editing by Chris Lebenzon, Michael Tronick, Robert C Jones, Bert Lovitz, Stuart Waks, and Billy Weber. Music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by Ward Russell. 
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991), starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Taylor Negron, Danielle Harris, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Halle Berry, Kim Coates, and Bruce McGill. Written by Shane Black and Greg Hicks. Music by Michael Kamen. Editing by Stuart Baird, Mark Helfrich, and Mark Goldblatt. Cinematography by Ward Russell. 
  • True Romance (1993), starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Sam Jackson, Bronson Pinchot, Chris Penn, Michael Rappaport, Saul Rubinek, James Gandolfini, Victor Argo, Kevin Corrigan, Paul Ben-Victor, and Ed Lauter. Written by Quentin Tarantino. Music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by Jeffrey Kimball. Editing by Michael Tronick and Christian Wagner. 
  • Crimson Tide (1995), starring Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Matt Craven, Viggo Mortensen, George Dzundza, Jason Robards, and James Gandolfini. Written by Michael Schiffer and Quentin Tarantino. Music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. Editing by Chris Lebenzon. 
  • The Fan (1996), starring Robert Deniro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo, and Benicio Del Toro. Written by Phoef Sutton. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. Music by Hans Zimmer. Editing by Claire Simpson and Christian Wagner.
  • Enemy of the State (1998), starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet, Regina King, Barry Pepper, Stuart Wilson, Ian Hart, Scott Caan, Jake Busey, Jason Lee, Gabriel Byrne, Dan Butler, Jack Black, Jamie Kennedy, Seth Green, Anna Gunn, Tom Sizemore, and Jason Robards. Written by David Marconi. Music by Harry Gregson Williams and Trevor Williams. Cinematography by Daniel Mendel. Editing by Chris Lebenzon. 
  • Spy Game (2001), starring Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Catharine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, David Hemmings, Benedict Wong, and Charlotte Rampling. Written by Michael Frost Beckner and David Arata. Music by Harry Gregson Williams. Cinematography by Daniel Mendel. Editing by Christian Wagner. 
  • Man on Fire (2004), starring Denzel Washingston, Dakota Fanning, Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Giancarlo Gianini, Mickey Rourke, Rachel Ticotin, and Jesus Ochoa. Written by Brian Hegeland. Music by Harry Gregson Williams. Editing by Christian Wagner. Cinematography by Paul Cameron.
  • Domino (2005), starring Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramirez, Delroy Lindo, Monique, Mena Suvari, Christopher Walken, Lew Temple, Macy Gray, Jacqueline Bissett, Dabney Coleman, Ian Zering, Brian Austin Green, T.K. Carter, and Lucy Liu. Written by Richard Kelly and Steve Barancik. Music by Harry Gregson Williams. Editing by Christian Wagner and William Goldenberg. Cinematography by Daniel Mendel. 
  • Deja Vu (2006), starring Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Val Kilmer, Jim Caviezel, Adam Goldberg, Erika Alexander, Elle Fanning, and Bruce Greenwood. Written by Terry Rossio and Bill Marsili. Music by Harry Gregson Williams. Cinematography by Paul Cameron. Editing by Chris Lebenzon and Jason Hellman. 
  • Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009), starring Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzman, John Tutturo, and James Gandolfini. Written by Brian Hegeland. Music by Harry Gregson Williams. Editing by Chris Lebenzon. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. 
  • Unstoppable (2010), starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, TJ Miller, Kevin Dunn. Lew Temple, Kevin Corrigan, and Kevin Chapman. Written by Mark Bomback. Music by Harry Gregson Williams. Editing by Chris Lebenzon and Robert Duffy. Cinematography by Ben Seresin. 
  • The films of Ridley Scott
  • The Duellists (1977), starring Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Cristina Raines, Edward Fox, Tom Conti, Stacey Keach and Diana Quick. Written by Gerald Vaughn Hughes, cinematography by Frank Tidy, edited by Pamela Power. Music by Howard Blake. 
  • Alien (1979), starring Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ian Holm. Written by Walter Hill, David Giler, Dan O'Bannon & Ron Shussett. Cinematography by Vanlint. Design work by HR Giger, Moebius, Ron Cobb, Chris Foss, Carlo Rambaldi, Roger Christian, and Michael Seymour. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Editing by Terry Rawlings and Peter Weatherly.
  • Blade Runner (1982), starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy, and James Hong. Music by Vangelis. Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth. Editing by Terry Rawlings and Marsha Nakashima. Design work by Syd Mead and David Synder. Screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. 
  • Legend (1985), starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, and Annabelle Lanyon. Written by William Hjortsburg. Produced by Arnon Milchan. Music by (depending on which cut) Jerry Goldsmith and Tangerine Dream. Cinematography by Alex Thomson. Editing by Terry Rawlings. Design work by Assheton Gordon, Les Dilley, Norman Dorme, Ann Mollo, and Charles Knode. Special Makeup Effects by Rob Bottin. 
  • Someone To Watch Over Me (1987), starring Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers, Lorraine Bracco, Jerry Orbach, and John Rubenstein. Written by Howard Franklin. Music by Michael Kamen. Edited by Claire Simpson. Produced by Ridley Scott, Thierry De Ganay, and Harold Schneider. 
  • Black Rain (1989), starring Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yusaku Matsuda, Shigero Koyama, Stephen Root, Jun Kumimura, Al Leong, and Luis Guzman. Written by Craig Bolotin and Warren Lewis. Produced by Craig Bolotin, Stanley R. Jaffe, Julie Kirkham, and Sherry Lansing. Edited by Tom Rolf. Music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by Jan De Bont. Production design by Norris Spencer.  
  • Thelma & Louise (1991), starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Christopher McDonald, Brad Pitt, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Madsen, and Jason Beghe. Written by Callie Khouri. Produced by Ridley Scott and Mimi Polk Gitlin. Music by Hans Zimmer. Editing by Thom Noble. Cinematography by Adrian Biddle. Production Design by Norris Spencer. 
  • 1492: The Conquest of Paradise (1992), starring Gerard Depardiu, Armand Assante, Ridley Scot, Fernando Rey, Frank Langella, Tcheky Kayro, Angela Molina, and Arnold Vosloo. Written by Rose Bosch. Cinematography by Adrian Biddle. Music by Vangelis. Production design by Norris Spencer. 
  • White Squall (1996), starring Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall, Scott Wolf, Ryan Phillipe, Jeremy Sisto, Balthazar Getty, Zeljko Ivanek, and Ethan Embry. Written by Todd Robinson. Cinematography by Hugh Johnson. Music by Jeff Rona. Editing by Gerry Hambling. 
  • G.I. Jane (1997), starring Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Jim Caviezel, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe, John Michael Higgins, and Morris Chestnut. Written by Danielle Alexandra andDavid Twohy. Cinematography by Hugh Johnson. Edited by Pietro Scalia. Music by Trevor Jones. Production design by Arthur Max. 
  • Gladiator (2000), starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Neilsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Djimon Honsou, David Hemmings, Tommy Flanagan, and Sven Ole Thorson. Written by David Franzioni, John Logan, and William Nicholson. Music by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerard. Cinematography by John Mathieson. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production design by Arthur Max. 
  • Hannibal (2001), starring Anthony Hopkins, Julienne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Zeljko Ivanek, Frankie Faison, Giancarlo Giannini, and Francesca Niri. Written by David Mamet and Steve Zaillian. Music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by John Mathieson. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production design by Norris Spencer. 
  • Black Hawk Down (2001), starring Eric Bana, Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Orlando Bloom, Sam Shepard, William Fichtner, Ewan Bremmer, Kim Coates, Hugh Dancey, Ron Eldard, Ioan Grufford, Zeljko Ivanek, Jeremy Piven, and Tom Hardy. Written by Mark Bowden and Ken Nolan. Music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production Design by Arthur Max. 
  • Matchstick Men (2003), starring Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce McGill, Bruce Altman, and Melora Waters. Written by Nicholas and Ted Griffin. Music by Hans Zimmer. Cinematography by John Mathieson. Editing by Dody Dorn. Production design by Tom Foden. 
  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005), starring Orlando Bloom, Michael Sheen, David Thewlis, Liam Neeson, Eva Green, Edward Norton, Kevin McKidd, Martin Csokas, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Irons, and Ghasan Massoud. Written by William Monahan. Music by Harry Gregson Williams. Cinematography by John Mathieson. Editing by Dody Dorn. Production design by Arthur Max. 
  • A Good Year (2006), starring Russell Crowe, Marion Cottilard, Albert Finney, Freddie Highmore, Rafe Spall, Archie Panjabi, and Richard Coyle. Written by Marc Klein. Music by Martin Streitenfeld. Cinematography by Phillipe Le Sourd. Editing by Dody Dorn and Robb Sullivan. Production design by Sonja Klaus. 
  • American Gangster (2007), starring Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Cuba Gooding Jr., Chewitel Ejifor, Idris Elba, Josh Brolin, John Hawks, Lymari Nadal, Ted Levine, Rza, Yul Vazquez, Ruby Dee, Carla Gugino, John Ortiz, Joe Morton, T.I., Armand Assante, John Polito, Kevin Corrigan, Norman Reedus, and Anthony Hamilton. Written by Steve Zaillian. Cinematography by Harris Savides. Music by Martin Streitenfeld. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production design by Arthur Max. 
  • Body of Lies (2008), starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Ali Suliman, and Simon McBurney. Written by William Monahan. Cinematography by Alexander Witt. Music by Martin Streitenfeld. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production design by Arthur Max. 
  • Robin Hood (2010), starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max Von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eiileen Atkins, Mark Addy, Scott Grimes, and Lea Seydoux. Written by Brian Hegeland. Music by Martin Streitenfeld. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production design by Arthur Max. Cinematography by John Mathieson.
  • Prometheus (2012), starring Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, and Benedict Wong. Written by John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. Music by Martin Streitenfeld. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production design by Arthur Max. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. 
  • The Counselor (2013), starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Bruno Ganz, Rosie Perez, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo, Rueben Blades, Edgar Ramirez, Goran Visnjic, and Sam Spruell. Written by Cormac McCarthy. Music by Daniel Pemberton. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production design by Arthur Max. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. 
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, John Tutturo, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Maria Valverde, and Ben Kingsly. Music by Alberto Iglesias. Editing by Billy Rich. Production design by Arthur Max. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. Written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Steve Zaillian, and Jeffrey Caine. 
  • The Martian (2015), starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chewitel Ejifor, and Benedict Wong. Written by Drew Goddard. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams. Editing by Pietro Scalia. Production design by Arthur Max. Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski. 

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    Jamie Lee Curtis' prison introduction from Escape From New York (our intro, as always)

    Cliff Martinez - "Placental Repair" from The Knick

    Iggy Pop - "Funtime" from The Hunger

    Prince - "Gett Off" from The Last Boy Scout.

    Hans Zimmer - "Chant" from Black Hawk Down.

    Nine Inch Nails - "The Mark Has Been Made" from Man On Fire.

    Harry Gregson Williams - "The End" from Man On Fire.

    Harry Gregson Williams - "Red Shirt" from Spy Game.

    Harry Gregson Williams - "Frank Barnes" from Unstoppable.

    Marianne Faithful - "Ballad of Lucy Jordan" from Thelma & Louise.

    Next Week: Crimson Peak and Steve Jobs.