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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!

Aug 31, 2015

0:00:00 - 1:09:19 - This week Sean is joined by Katie Skelly and Sarah Horrocks of The Trash Twins, to talk about the films of Abel Ferrara. This is part 2 of the conversation, part 1 being the latest episode of their show. In part 1 we talked about Ms. 45 and Bad Lieutenant, this time, the films discussed include:

Dangerous Game (1993), starring Harvey Keitel, Madonna, and James Russo.

King of New York (1990), starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, Nancy Drew, Wesley Snipes, David Caruso, Paul Calderon, Victor Argo, Theresa Randle, Steve Buscemi, and Giancarlo Esposito.

Driller Killer (1979), starring Ferrara, Carolyn Marz.

New Rose Hotel (1998), starring Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken, Asia Argento, John Lurie, Yoshitaka Amano, Gretchen Mol, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

China Girl (1987), starring Richard Panebianco, Sari Chang, James Russo, Russell Wong, and David Caruso. 

The Addiction (1995), starring Lili Taylor, Annabella Sciora, Edie Falco, Christopher Walken, Paul Calderon, Fredro Starr, and RedRum Simmons.

Fear City (1984), starring Tom Berenger, Billy Dee Williams, Melanie Griffith, Jack Scalia, and Rae Dawn Chong.

The Blackout (1997), starring Matthew Modine, Beatrice Dalle, Dennis Hopper, and Claudia Schiffer.

Cat Chaser (1989), starring Peter Weller, Kelly McGillis, Charles Durning, Frederic Forrest, and Tomas Milian.

ALSO DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE: L. Ron Hubbard, Review, Stagecoach, Le Mepris, Hannah & Her Sisters, Tenesee Williams, Long Days Journey Into Night, Madonna's Sex Book, Vanilla Ice, Cher, Debbie Harry, Russ Meyer, The Hunger, Near Dark, Habit, Possession, Antichrist, Scenes From a Marriage, Raging Bull, Stoker, Queen of Earth, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Shelly Duvall, Werner Herzog, John Waters, David Cronenberg, Tony Scott, Peter Bogdanovich, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Martin Scorsese, Dario Argento, Into The Night, Lars Von Trier, Sam Peckinpah, Paul Verhoeven, Rihanna on Instagram, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Nosferatu, Aguirre the Wrath of God, Grizzly Man, Stroszek, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Pink Flamingos, Kickstarter, Pasolini, Kathryn Bigelow, Numero Deux, Strange Days, Boarding Gate, William Gibson, James Cameron, Cat Marnell on Whitney Houston, Demonlover, The Stendhal Syndrome, Nancy Drew, Queen Margot, Alphaville, Jean Rollin, Coppola's Dracula, Requiem For A Vampire, Fascination, Female Vampire, Christopher Lee, Nadja, You Must Remember This' series on Charles Manson's HollywoodTrouble Every Day, Living Dead Girl, Inglorious Basterds, Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sean Penn, Paul Thomas Anderson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Codependent No More, Blackhat, 8 1/2, Clouds of Sils MariaNew Jack City, Garth Ennis, Schooly D, Notorious B.I.G., The Punisher, Russell Simmons, The SopranosSuperfly, Andy Warhol, Manos the Hands of Fate, Cocaine Cowboys, Maniac, Charlie Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Nightbreed, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Guest, Isabelle Adjani, RXmas, and Max Payne.