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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!

Mar 4, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:13:25 - To start off, both Tucker and Sean watched Power/Rangers (2015), directed by Joseph Kahn, starring James Van Der Beek, Katee Sackhoff, Russ Bain, and Gichi Gamba. 

    Also discussed in this section: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dredd, Lone Survivor, Detention, Watchmen, Battlestar Galactica, Billy Blanks, Bionic Woman, Longmire, Chris Cunningham, Orson Welles, Othello, Michael Mann, Luck, John From Cincinnati, Firefly, Bryan Cranston, Mortal Kombat fan video, Isaac Florentine, John Hyams, Pacific Rim, Michelle Rodriguez, Undisputed, Europa films, Equilibrium, Chappie, Jupiter Ascending, Maid in Manhattan, Out of Sight, and Megan Ellison.

  • 0:13:26 - 0:43:19 - Tucker went to see 50 Shades of Grey (2015), directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, and Max Martini.

    Also mentioned in this section: Miami Vice the tv show and movie, The Master, Wolf of Wall Street, Days of Future Past, The Sex & The City Movie, Old Fashioned, The Duke of Burgundy, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Anthony Lane, Catch Me If You Can, Berberian Sound Studio, Green Lantern, Click, Sunstone, Adrian Lyne, The Last Picture Show, Paul Verhoeven, Brian De Palma, Lars Von Trier, Brett Ratner, Channel 101, Sliver, The Notebook, Taken 3, Transformers, 400 Blows, Sleepers, Dead Poets Society, If, Clockwork Orange, and The Fountainhead

  • 0:43:20 - 0:51:39 - TV comedies inclucing - Bag Boy, the Parks and Recreation finale, the Delocated Finale, Adam Pally's one episode hosting the Late Late Show, On Cinema At the Cinema's Oscars Special, The League, 30 Rock, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • 0:51:40 - 1:05:34 - Sean watched Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015), dir. Steve Pink, starring Rob Cordry, Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Gillian Jacobs, Kumail Nanjiani, and Christian Slater. 

    Also discussed in this section: Gremlins 2, Children's Hospital, Clark & Michael, Super High Me, Morgan Spurlock, Jackass, Super Bad, The Roast of James Franco, and Bill Hader. 

  • Our outro music this week: "Erotica (Sex book Mix)" by Madonna. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. 
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