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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 29, 2023

Celia and Tucker get together so Celia can hear Tucker's LUKEWARM PRAISE for the big movies and his BOUGHT THE HYPE hustle for the overrated indie picture. Can this submarine be brought to the surface? Is that a robot I see in my future? Breaking Bad: you missed an opportunity!

Jan 10, 2023

Matt Seneca, Celia Mattison & Tucker Stone catch up with The Great Silence, catch zero heat off of Darren Aronofsky, and talk about Charlie Dickens and The Triangle of Sadness. It's a movie cast, for the people, by some persons.

Nov 28, 2022

Celia and Tucker talk about Barbarian, The Fan (not the Tony Scott one, but the one that James Garner thought was the worst thing in his lengthy catalog of terrible things), and one of the worst movies that Celia has ever made it all the way through: Don't Worry Darling. They also trade secrets regarding their...

Nov 16, 2022

This time around, Matt Seneca dug Tucker up out of a well, shocked him back to life, and asked him why, why oh why, hast thou never seen Bela Tarr's Damnation? To which Tucker replied that he had been busy watching Black Adam. "Buddy" said Matt, "You can do both." A podcast was born, and in the afterbirth of its...

The Michael Mann Book Club

Oct 19, 2022

Matt Seneca and Sara McHenry join Tucker for a special ALL READING, ALL THE TIME episode of a movie podcast. But wait: won't this reading spoil my enjoyment of the movie someday? No, listening to Al Pacino's casting recommendations will do that. (The movie will never come out.)