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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!

Jun 16, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:08:02 - Intros!. Featuring some comics talk including Hawkworld by Tim Truman, Cable, Mountain Dew Code Red, Paul Gulacy's Terminator: Secondary Objectives, Judge Dredd, Deathmate Black, Harbinger, and the X-Men
  • 0:08:03 - 0:15:12 -Tucker has caught up with season 4 of Person of Interest. 

Also discussed in this section: the first episode of Penny Dreadful, Hannibal, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Max, Terminator, Saw, and Michael Pitt.

  • 0:15:13 - 0:26:31 - We talk about the trailer for The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott, and the trailer for Aloha, directed by Cameron Crowe. 

Also discussed in this section: Interstellar, Mission To Mars, American Gangster, Joel Edgerton, Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven, The Counselor, Elizabethtown, Cameron Diaz in Vanilla Sky, We Bought A Zoo, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, the Tom Hanks Dungeons and Dragons scare movie Mazes and Monsters, Krakatoa East of Java, The Boy Next Door, Enough, Jag, The Burning Bed, NCIS, Sleeping With The Enemy, Blue Steel, and Jurassic Park

  • 0:26:31 - 0:37:12 - Tucker rewatched Jack Reacher (2012), directed by Christopher McQuarrie, starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtenay, Werner Herzog, Robert Duvall, and Richard Jenkins. And Sean and Tucker both watched Phantoms (1998), directed by Joe Chappelle, starring Peter O'Toole, Ben Affleck, Liev Schrieber, Rose McGowan, and Nicky Katt. 

Also discussed in this section: Wolverine, Michael Mann, Spooks/MI6, Ed Zwick, Tobey Maguire, The Thing, Marilyn Manson, Robert Rodriguez, and Transformers 4.

  • 0:37:12 - 0:43:55 - Sean saw Spy (2015), directed by Paul Feig, starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Bobby Cannavale, Miranda Hart, Alyson Janney, Zack Woods, 50 Cent, Jude Law, Jessica Chaffin, Jamie Denbo, and Peter Serafinowicz. 

Also discussed in this section: Zack Woods' great scene in Spy, Face/Off, Paul Feig on WTF, Power, Escape Plan, Judd Apatow, James Bond, San Andreas, Carla Gugino, Son In Law, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, The Simpsons, Jim Abrams, Jay Mohr, Action, and Buddy Hackett.  

  • 0:43:56 - 0:59:31 - We discuss the passing of Christopher Lee

Check out this video interview with Christopher Lee talking about his whole career. 

Also discussed in this section: Lord of the Rings, Dracula, the amazing sword fights in Three Musketeers, Fu Manchu, The Man With the Golden Gun, Erroyl Flynn, the Star Wars prequels, flat coke, Hannie Caulder, Dark Shadows, Burke & Hare, Dungeons and Dragons, In The Name of the King, Jeremy Irons, Dead Ringers, M Butterfly, John McTiernan, necrophilia, Cabaret, The Music Man, John Leguizamo, Moulin Rouge, Todd McFarlane, The Pest, Three's Company, Children's Hospital, Who's Line Is It Anyway, Arrested Development S4, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Family Feud, South Park, Ice Cube, Glenn Howerton in Guardians of the Galaxy, Crank, Crank 2, Jurassic World, Hobo With A Shotgun, Terminator 5, Tron 3Avengers 2, the original Jurassic Park and Spielberg screaming, Carnosaur, and the 5th Bourne movie, and Gerry.  

  • 0:59:32 - 1:18:38 - Sean watched Geronimo (1993) , directed by Walter Hill, written by John Milius, starring Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, and Gene Hackman. 

Also discussed in this section: The Homesman, Last of the Mohicans, The Next Karate Kid, Mortal Kombat, Boys Don't Cry, The Plague, Idris Elba, Thinner, Obsession, A Time To Kill, Runaway Jury, Bruce McGill, Cliffhanger, Raising Cain, the trailer for The Walk, Robert Zemeckis, Used Cars, Castaway, Flight, Tony Scott, John Goodman, Gary Treaudeau, John Lithgow, Tom Cruise, Christopher Lee, George Lucas' writing ability over time, No Escape, Gil Ozeri watching Entourage, Tucker marathoning Oz pre-dvd, The Prisoner, Patty Lupone, Seinfeld's Oz SNL parody, Jerimiah, CBS Storybreak, Elias Koteas, Ray Stevenson, Dolph Lundgren, James Remar, The Punisher on Daredevil, Jason Statham, and Will Smith as Deadshot.