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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!

Aug 11, 2014

This week, it's Tucker and Sean. About what?

  • 0:00:00 - 0:09:21 - To start off this week Tucker and Sean talk about Bane in the Dark Knight Rises. 
  • 0:09:22 - 0:27:31 - Tucker watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), directed by Mark Reeves, starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kerri Russell, Toby Kebbel, and Gary Oldman. Also discussed in this section: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Mi5/Spooks, and World War Z. 
  • 0:27:32 - 0:41:48 - Tucker also went to see Purge 2: Anarchy (2014), directed by James Demonaco, starring Frank Grillo, and probably some other people.  Also discussed in this section: Captain Phillips, Night of the Comet, Friday Night Lights, The Wire, They LiveHercules, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Strange Days. 
  • 0:41:49 - 0:54:34 - Tucker watched Delta Force (1986), directed by Menahem Golan, starring Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Robert Forster, Robert Vaughn, Shelley Winters, George Kennedy, Bo Svenson, and Hanna Schygulla. Also discussed in this section: Black Sunday, Good Guys Wear Black, Jackie Brown, The Naked Gun movies, and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.
  • 0:53:35 - 0:59:15 - Sean watched two JCVD/Ringo Lam joints Maximum Risk (1996), directed by Lam, starring Van Damme, and Natasha Henstridge, and In Hell (2003), directed by Lam and starring Van Damme and Lawrence Taylor (!). Also discussed in this section: the Undisputed films, City on Fire, Full Contact, Prison on Fire, Johnnie To, Replicant, The Professional, and The Wire
  • 0:59:16 - 1:21:19 - To close out this week, Tucker watched Green Lantern (2011), directed by Martin Campbell, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively (who got married on a historical slave plantation, if you were on the fence on fully deciding they are awful people), Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgard, Angela Basset, Tim Robbins, Geoffrey Rush, and Michael Clarke Duncan. Also discussed in this section: Fantastic Four 2, Elektra, The Shadow, The Phantom, The Proposal, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Deadpool, Kristen Stewart, 50 Shades of Gray, and Justin Bieber.
  • Next Week: We ask you to join our suicide cult. Or maybe the week after. Soon.
  • Our outro music this week: "They're Calling My Flight" by Clint Mansell from Contagion.