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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!

Jan 30, 2017

  • After the break you can find a brand new special episode of Travis Bickle on the Riviera, the world's only movie podcast, with your hosts Tucker and David Brothers as they talk about DONNIE YEN! 
  • Once Upon A Time in China 2 (1992), directed by Tsui Hark, starring Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Max Mok, and Donnie Yen
  • Blade 2 (2002), directed by Guillermo Del Toro, starring Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman, Kris Kristofferson, Leonor Varela, Thomas Krestchmann, Norman Reedus, and Donnie Yen. 
  • Shang Po Lang/ Kill Zone (2005), directed by Wison Yip, starring Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Sammo Hung, and Wu Jing. 
  • Seven Swords (2005), directed by Tsui Hark, starring Donnie Yen, Lau Kar-Leung, Leon Lai, and Lu Yei. 
  • Flash Point (2007), directed by Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Colin Chou, Ray Lui, and Fang Bingbang. 
  • Ip Man (2008), directed by Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Simon Yam, and Xing Yu. 
  • Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010), directed by Andrew Lau, starring Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Anthony Wong, and Hwang Bo.
  • Special ID (2013), directed by Clarence Fok, starring Donnie Yen, Colin Chou, Andy On, and Jiang Tian.
  • Next Week: Paddington, son! WE'RE GONNA TALK PADDINGTON!
  • Our outro music this week: is "No Church In the Wild" by Kanye West, Jay Z, & Frank Ocean. 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 the hosts. You can follow the show on twittertumblrletterboxd and facebook. The hosts are on twitter too - TuckerMorgan, and Sean