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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!

Mar 31, 2014

  • 0:00:00 - 0:06:05 - To start off the show, we talk about Miyazaki, Christian Bale's voice, David Fincher doing the Apple movie, other stuff.  MOST IMPORTANTLY: Tucker and Sean have contributed voices to Abhay Khosla's new cartoon short American Century: Episode 1 Hammer Yee, along with Joe McCulloch, Graeme McMillan, and Jeff Lester. CHECK IT OUT.
  • 0:06:06 - 0:17:49 - Sean watched The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977),directed by John Boorman, starring Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, James Earl Jones, and Kitty Winn. He also watched Zardoz (1974), also directed by Boorman, starring Sean Connery, Sara Kestelmen, Charlotte Rampling, and Niall Buggy. In this section we spend a lot of time talking about the possibility of Darren Aronofsky's Noah being an insane mess with giant monsters, and Nick Nolte and him crying and locking eyes. We also talk about King Arthur, Shooter, Deliverance, and Excalibur.
  • 0:17:50 - 0:26:26 - Tucker watched Eraser (1996), directed by Chuck Russell, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams, James Caan, James Cromwell, and Robert Pastorelli. Also discussed in this section: the Ninja Turtles trailer, The Island, The 6th Day, The Purge Anarchy trailer, Frank Grillo, and the Winter Soldier.
  • 0:26:27 - 0:35:38 - Tucker watched Return to Paradise (1998), directed by Joseph Ruben, starring Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, Vera Farmiga, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Also discussed in this section: Birth, Psycho, Midnight Express, The Forgotten, more Exorcist 2, and Anne Heche's wikipedia page.
  • 0:35:38 - 1:01:29 - Tucker has been watching the new season of Hannibal. Also discussed in this section: The Cell, De Laurentis, bear baiting, Arrow, Opera, The Hot Chick, Alice in Arabia, Todd Barry and Hannibal Burress' new comedy specials, and Drop Dead Diva.
  • 1:01:03 - 1:11:14 - Sean's Homework this week was Kingdom of Heaven (2005), directed by Ridley Scott, starring Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irons, Ghassan Massoud, Khaled El Nabawy, and Brendan Gleeson. Also discussed in this section: Predator, Dungeons and Dragons, 24, Body of Lies, Lawrence of Arabia, Blade Runner, and projects produced by Scott Free.
  • 1:11:15 - 1:28:42 - And to close out, starting with The Good Wife, we start talking about the idea of "most shocking tv deaths". Shows include: Suits, Deadwood, The Wire, Spooks, 24, The X-Files, The Shield, Dexter, Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Strike Back, Luther, Twin Peaks, Miami Vice, Hunter, CSI, Battlestar Galactica, other stuff. If you have stuff to add less us know in the comments.