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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!

Nov 16, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:04:03  - Intros! This is our first 3 man episode, which will now be a monthly feature on this podcast, thanks to our Patreon supporters. Also dropping, as of this episode, is our first monthly collection of criticism -- featuring writing from Sean and Tucker and new original art from Morgan. The only way to read it right now is to subscribe
  • 0:04:03 - 0:24:31 - Bridge of Spies (2015), directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Jesse Plemmons, Austin Stowell, Dominick Lambardozzi, Eve Hewson, and Steve Cirbus. 
  • Also discussed in this section: Lincoln, Munich, Minority Report, A.I., Amistad, The Terminal, War Horse, Tintin, War of the Worlds, Transformers 4, North By Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock, Christine, Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Bourne Legacy, Balky from Perfect Strangers, The Right Stuff, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Delocated, Scott Wolf, Eugene Mirman, Argo, the Coen Brothers, David Fincher, The Wire, Daniel Day Lewis, and Deja Vu.
  • 0:24:32 - 0:44:00 - The Gift (2015), directed by Joel Edgerton, starring Edgerton, Jason Bateman, and Rebecca Hall. 
  • Also discussed in this section: Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Rover, Jane's Got A Gun, Arrested Development, Unlawful Entry, Fatal Attraction, Cache, Felony,  Jai Courtenay, Terminator Genesys, "A Boy Named Sue", Oliver Reed, Smokin' Aces, Teen Wolf Too, Hogan's Family, Silver Spoons, Single White Female, Rosemary's Baby, Animal Kingdom, The Conjuring, Lords of Salem, Little Murders, and The Usual Suspects.
  • 0:44:01 - 1:05:06 - Bone Tomahawk (2015), directed by S. Craig Zahler, starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Sean Young, Lilli Simmons, David Arquette, Sid Haig, Zahn McLarnon, James Tolkan, and Kathyrn Morris. 
  • Also discussed in this section: Longmire, Wild Bill, Walter Hill, Garrett Dillahunt, Lost, Alex Cross, The Lord of the Rings, Dominic Monaghan, The Green Inferno, Greg Nicotero, Blood Simple, The Searchers, David Cronenberg, The A-Team, Lorenzo Music vs Bill Murray, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Shane, Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Clint Eastwood, The Proposition, Spectre, Quantum of Solace, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Thunderball, From Russia With Love,  and finally, if you like this podcast, please check out Chris Ready's series of reviews on the James Bond franchise
  • Next Week: Spectre.
  • Our outro music this week: "The Apartment" by Giorgio Moroder from American Gigolo. 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.
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