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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!

Apr 1, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:08:42 - INTROS - Sean goes to the dentist, Spartan, Val Kilmer, Red Planet, MacGruber, Will Forte, Powers Boothe, The Emerald Forest, Tim & Eric, Cruisin, Extreme Prejudice, Stacey Keach, hideous men kissing women, Simon Pegg, the trailer for Man Up, the trailer for Mission Impossible 5, Hugh Grant, Straw Dogs, and the Dark Knight Rises
  • 0:34:26 - 0:43:29 - Sean watched School on Fire (1988), directed by Ringo Lam, starring Sarah Lee, Damien Leung, Roy Cheung. Also discussed in this section: City on Fire, Prison On Fire, Reservoir Dogs, Maximum Risk, and Stand And Deliver
  • 0:43:30 - 1:04:46 -  To close out, we start talking aobut The Deadly Companions (1961) but end up just talking about the films of Sam Peckinpah and barely cover the really good Deadly Companions at all. 

    Also discussed in this section: Savage Cinema by Stephen Prince, Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron, Ride the High Country, The Getaway, Convoy, The Westerner, Bonanza, The Osterman Weekend, Cross of Iron, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Houge, Straw Dogs, Major Dundee, Junior Bonner, Robert Towne, Days of ThunderRudy Wurlitzer, The Keep, From Paris With Love, Luc Besson, Jason Robards, Crimson Tide, The Simpsons, True Romance, Sterling Hayden, Killing Them Softly, James Gandolfini, Get Shorty, Julia Louise Dreyfuss, John Travolta, and Watchmen 

  • THE FIRST AGE: Jeffrey from Beverly Hills Cop