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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!

Dec 1, 2015

This week, Sean Witzke and Tucker Stone talk about:

  • 0:00:00 - 0:37:58 - Spectre (2015), directed by Sam Mendes, starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Cristoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Andrew Scott, Monica Bellucci, Jesper Christensen and Rory Kinnear. 
  • Also discussed in this section: Sherlock, Christopher Nolan's Batman, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Green Hornet, Hateful 8, Joy, Revenant, Star Wars 7, the Point Break  remake, In the Heart of the Sea, Ron Howard, Mockingjay part 2, Transformers 4, Transformers 3, Preacher, East Bound & Down, David Gordon Green, Walking Dead, Our Brand is Crisis, Manglehorn, Joe, Prince Avalanche, Pineapple Express, Suspiria, George Washington, Danny McBride, Let The Right One In, John Landis, Spies Like Us, The X-Files, Heaven's Gate, Superman 4, Indiana Jones 4, Titanic, Sicario, Roger Deakins, Creed, The Great White Hype, Dolemite, Richard Kiel, 28 Days Later, Dr. Evil, You Only Live Twice, other Bond actors, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Matt Damon, the Bourne films, Idris Elba, Guardians of the Galaxy, Suicide Squad, Lethal Weapon 2, Michel Gondry, Kevin Smith, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, The Interview, 12 Years A Slave, Roland Emmerich, Superman, Spider-Man, Zero Dark Thirty, Baz Luhrman, Moulin Rogue, Spock, the Last Witchhunter, Last Airbender, Ride Along, Barbershop 4, Wet Hot American Summer, Kill List, First Sunday, and Passion of the Christ.
  • 0:37:59 - 0:44:39 - China Gate (1957), directed by Sam Fuller, starring Angie Dickinson, Nat King Cole, Yves Montand, Gene Barry, Paul Dubov, Lee Van Cleef, and James Hong.
  • Also discussed in this section: Fixed Bayonets, Children of Men, House of Bamboo, The Crimson Kimono, Fury, Forty Guns, The Third Face, Ann Nocenti, Ronin, and Frank Miller. 
  • 0:44:40 - 1:06:05 - Entertainment (2015), directed by Rick Alverson, starring Greg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Amy Seimetz, Michael Cera, Annabelle Lwin, Tye Sheridan, Tim Heidecker, and Dean Stockwell. 
  • Also discussed in this section: The Comedy, Computer Chess, Boy, David Lynch, John Carpenter, Wim Wenders, John Hyams' Universal Soldier movies, Amour, Atonement, Mystery Science Theater, Brian De Palma, 31, 13 Days, The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Lars Von Trier, Domino, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Carlos, Bend it Like Beckham, Blast From the Past, The Dead Zone, Joe Dirt, Iron Man 2, Lord of the Rings, Crimson Tide, Angel Heart, Glory, Hoosiers, and The Last Castle.
  • Next Week: Creed.
  • Our outro music this week: "Mountains and Sunsets" by John Bary from You Only Live Twice. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York.
  • You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss. For a quick look at who has been on the show before and what movies have been discussed in each episode, look at our one-page episode guide. This is a Patreon-supported podcast, subscribing to the show can give you access to monthly criticism from Sean, Tucker, and Morgan. 
  • You can follow the show on twittertumblr, and facebook. If you like this show, please check out Tucker’s other podcast Comic Books Are Burning In Hell (also located at TFO and here), TFO's music podcast Beat Connection with Marty Brown and Nate Patrin (at TFO and here), and Katie Skelly & Sarah Horrock’s Trash Twins (located here and here), which Sean edits.