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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!

Jul 29, 2020

Celia, Morgan and Tucker take a look at a couple of killers: Kelly Reichardt's First Cow & Michael Mann' Thief, make a stop in 2010 to grapple with what replaced horror movies and share their mutual rainy day school movie experiences. The moral theory of Mann is discussed, as is law.


Jul 23, 2020

This week, Tucker, Celia & Morgan talk about Palm Springs and The Old Guard, two movies that mess with the concept of time, one of the necessary elements of film. But first, Tucker ranks the entirety of the Terminator Fictional Universe!


Jul 10, 2020

On this episode, Morgan Jeske, Celia Mattison & Tucker get together to compare and contrast 2020's Lovebirds with 1987's Moonstruck--it doesn't go well for the new kid! While lurking around 1987, The Running Man makes an appearance as we join Celia working her way through Arnold classics. 


Lovebirds, Moonstruck & The Running Man

Jul 10, 2020

On this episode, Morgan Jeske, Celia Mattison & Tucker get together to compare and contrast 2020's Lovebirds with 1987's Moonstruck--it doesn't go well for the new kid! While lurking around 1987, The Running Man makes an appearance as we join Celia working her way through Arnold classics. 


Jun 22, 2020

Celia Mattison returns to the show to talk with Tucker about Spike Lee's latest, Da 5 Bloods, and then takes us on a mystical journey to the mindset of someone who is watching Commando for the very first time!