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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 22, 2014

This week, joining Sean "Debbie" Witzke we have the special guests: hosts of the Wait Wait Don't Tell Me comics podcast, Geoff Lassiter and Graham McElhenny.

  • 0:00:00 - 0:29:42 - PART ONE: THE BICKLE HALF (WEDNESDAY AT 9, ONLY ON CHANNEL 7 WXPI)  - Graeme McMillan & Jeff Lester join the show this week. In this section we talk about: the HOMEWORK assignment Carrie (1976), directed by Brian De Palma, starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Amy Irving, and Betty Buckley. We also talk about Debbie Does Dallas (1978), directed by Jim Clark, starring all of Bambi Woods and alllll of Jeff's unconscious shame. 
  • 0:29:43 - 0:39:03 - Both Jeff & Graeme saw a version of The Trip To Italy (2014), directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
  • 0:39:04 - 0:57:18 - Jeff went and saw Sin City 2: The Britany Murphy Story (2014), directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, starring Christopher Lloyd. 
  • 0:57:19 - 1:18:12 - All three of us watched Funny Face (1957), directed by Stanley Donen, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
  • 1:18:13 - 2:01:21 - PART TWO - THE WAIT WHAT HALF (WEDNESDAYS AT 9:30, ONLY ON CHANNEL 7 WPXI, STAY TUNED FOR YOUR LOCAL NEWS)  For our second half, ostensibly the Wait What half of our show, we talk about our dream comic book movie projects and our favorite and least favorite comic book movies - including the Dark Knight, Marvel movies, Batman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Danger Diabolik, Barbarella, Flash Gordon, Mystery Men, The Fifth Element, Ichi the Killer, Snowpiercer, Old Boy, Fast & The Furious, Men In Black, Roger Corman's The Raven, Alec, Valerian, Incal, Appleseed, the fascist dystopia of Mike Leigh, Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, Mario Bava, Red Desert, the John Milius documentary. Sean also goes on a rant about Jodorowksy's Dune (2013), directed by Frank Pavich, and Jeff goes on a tear about Ghostbusters (1984), directed by Ivan Reitman. 
  • Next Week: A full cast reunion of the original stage production of Annie.
  • Our outro music this week: "When You Were Mine" by Mitch Ryder from Hot Dog the Movie