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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!

Sep 21, 2020

This week, Morgan, Celia & Tucker are watching 2020's Project Power and 1979's The Fury, two movies that have more in common than any of us anticipated. Then they catch up on Hold The Dark from 2018 and question the height of actors, the most recent James Bond trailer, and Celia's first time watching 1999's...


Sep 9, 2020

This week, we're looking at Andrew Ahn's Driveways, Guillermo Del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, and Brian Taylor's Mom & Dad. It's all homework, all the time, with Tucker, Celia & Morgan.


Aug 27, 2020

This week, your movie podcast is packed to the brim, with "Creeper" from The Tax Collector (macro-casting), Amy Seimetz getting that Pet Semetary money to make that She Dies Tomorrow, and an extensive debate on the merits of American Pickle. Thoughts on Last Of The Mohicans and violence down to beloved faces, a...


Aug 17, 2020

In this week's bumper crop of movie takes, we're talking Michael Mann's Manhunter, the Sean Harris potboiler '71, a second take on Souvenir from Celia and rounding things out with some GREMLINS talk.


Aug 5, 2020

This week, Celia, Morgan and Tucker are talking about Dave Franco's directorial debut The Rental, the Pizza Hut produced survival pic The Pool, taking the pulse on The Last Action Hero and heaping hosannahs on the Blade franchise.