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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 13, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:13:11 - True Detective season 2 (2015), starring Colin Farrel, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, Lolita Davidovich, W. Earl Brown, David Morse, and Fred Ward. 

Also discussed in this section: Lost Highway, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Kiss Me Deadly, The Crying of Lot 49, Lost Highway, Miami Vice, American Gigolo, Chinatown, and Panic Room

  • 0:13:12- 1:25:32 - Hannie Caulder (1971), directed by Burt Kennedy, starring Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Christopher Lee, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Elam, and Strother Martin.  

Also discussed in this section: The Wild Bunch, Django Unchained, Kill Bill, Federico Fellini, Hickey and Boggs, The Warriors, I Spit On Your Grave, Red River, Shane, Blueberry, and Rio Bravo.

  • 0:38:42 - 1:25:33 - Haywire (2011), directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Gina Carano, Bill Paxton, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, and Matthieu Kassovitz. 

Also discussed in this section: The Killer Elite, Irma Vep, John Woo, Walter Hill, Taking of Pelham 123, Taxi Driver, Tom Cruise, Magic Mike XXL, Behind the Candelabra, The Knick, Danny Brown, Zabriskie Point, Darker Than Amber, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Zack Snyder, Boarding Gate, Carlos, Mesrine, Che, The Limey, Kafka, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Man From Uncle, Solaris, James Cameron, Schizopolis, Fincher's commentary on Chinatown, True Lies, Titanic, Girlfriend Experience, Side Effects, Contagion, Leni Reifenstahl, Magic Mike, the Oceans trilogy, Jude Law, Michael Mann, Reservoir Dogs, Full Frontal, Pretty Woman, Milgram's Agency Theory, Steve McQueen, Adrian Lyne, Magnolia, Terry Gilliam, Rian Johnson, Contact, Cliff Martinez, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Dave Navarro's hair, Out of Sight, Barry Newman, Lem Dobbs, Alain Resnais, Last Year At Marienbad, Traffic, Nicky Katt, The Informant!, Frank Marshall vs. Garry Marshall, Steven Spielberg, Paper Moon, Clouds of Sils Maria, Criminal, Michael Clayton, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Jeremy Irons, Akira Kurosawa, and Alfred Hitchcock. 

  • 1:25:33 - 1:33:13 - Results (2015), directed by Andrew Bujalski, starring Guy Pearce, Colbie Smulders, and Kevin Corrigan. 

Also discussed in this section:  Computer Chess, The Rover

  • 1:33:14 - 1:44:56 - Red Dawn (1984), directed by John Milius, starring Patrick Swayze, Powers Boothe, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Leah Thompson, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ron O'Neal. 

Also discussed in this section: They Live, Apocalypse Now, Invasion USA

  • Next Week: Enduring Love?
  • I've been known to get wet with various substances > I'm a fiend for mojitos.