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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!

Feb 29, 2016

  • This time around, Sean Witzke and Tucker Stone get to chatting about:
  • 0:00:00 - 0:17:16 -Deep Red (1975), directed by Dario Argento, starring David Hemmings, Macha Meril, Clara Calamai, and Eros Pagini. 
  • 0:17:17 - 0:29:10 - The Witch (2016), directed by Roberg Eggers, starring Anna Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Harvey Scrimshaw. 
  • 0:29:11 - 0:48:55 - Hail, Caesar! (2016), directed by Joel & Ethan Coen, starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Erenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Wayne Knight, Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown, Peter Jason, David Krumholtz, Allison Pill, Emily Beecham, Veronica Osirio, Michael Gambon, Fischer Stevens, Alex Karpovsky, Fred Malamed, Max Baker, and Dolph Lundgren. 
  • 0:48:56 - 0:56:16 - Straight Time (1978), directed by Ulu Grossbard, starring Dustin Hoffman, Teresa Russell, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, M. Emmet Walsh, and Kathy Bates. 
  • 0:56:17 - 1:01:19 - Zero For Conduct (1933), directed by Jean Vigo, starring Gerard De Bedarieux, Louis Lefebrve, and Gilbert Pruchon. 
  • 1:01:20 - 1:19:03 - Straw Dogs (1971), directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, David Warner, Peter Vaughn, TP McKenna, Del Henney, Jim Norton, and Sally Thornsett. 
  • 1:19:04 - 1:38:21 - Toy Story of Terror (2013), directed by Angus MacLane, starring Joan Cusack, Carl Weathers, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Stephen Tobolowsky, Timothy Dalton, Wallace Shawn, Don Rickles, Kristen Schaal, Kate McKinnon, and Ken Marino
  • Toy Story 2 (1999), directed by John Lassetter, starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Jim Varney, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, and Wayne Knight.  
  • Next Week: Zulawski & Fukasaku. 
  • Our outro music this week: "Lucky Star" by Madonna. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. 
  • You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss. For a quick look at who has been on the show before and what movies have been discussed in each episode, look at our one-page episode guide. This is a Patreon-supported podcast, subscribing to the show can give you access to monthly criticism from Sean, Tucker, and Morgan. 
  • You can follow the show on twittertumblrletterboxd and facebook. If you like this show, please check out Tucker’s other podcast Comic Books Are Burning In Hell (also located at TFO and here), TFO's music podcast Beat Connection with Marty Brown and Nate Patrin (at TFO and here), and Katie Skelly & Sarah Horrock’s Trash Twins (located here and here), which Sean edits.