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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!

May 29, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:34:39 - To start off this week, Sean and Morgan talk about Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), directed by George Miller; some more. 

Also discussed in this section: Coraline, Beowulf, AvatarJohn Seale, the Dawn of the Dead remake, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Need For Speed, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Inception, Marvel movies, Ghosts of Mars, The Ward, Michael Bay, the Wired oral history of ILM, non-action editors editing action films, Big Trouble In Little China, Robocop, The Road Warrior, The Warriors, Darkman, Terminator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sergio Leone, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, The Empire Strikes Back, Happy Feet, Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, Denis Villenueve's Blade Runner sequel, Moebius, Syd Mead, Neuromancer, Roger Deakins, Sicaro, and Se7en.

  • 0:34:40 - 1:04:01 - Next up, we both watched Ex Machina (2015), directed by Alex Garland, starring Oscar Isaac, Domnhall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno, and Corey Johnson.  

Also discussed in this section: The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, EC Comics, George Miller, Anthony Dod Mantle, Dogme 95, Danny Boyle, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, William Gibson's Blue Ant series, Dredd, Garth Ennis, The Beach, Mad Max, Point Blank, Wittgenstein, Slumdog Millionaire, Watchmen, Hugh Laurie, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Day of the Dead, Prince of Darkness, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, The Walking Dead, Transcendence, Jonathan Nolan, and Soderbergh's Solaris

  • 1:04:02 - 1:21:51 - To close out, Sean watched some M. Night Shyamalan movies for some reason: Unbreakable, The Village, Lady In the Water, and The Happening.  They are terrible. 

Also discussed in this section: John Leguizamo, Mark Wahlberg, The Gambler, The Crucible, Christopher Doyle, Roger Deakins, Cherry Jones, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Samuel L. Jackson, Signs, Watchmen (again, sorry), The Dark Knight, Superman, The Devil's Rejects, Audition, Blow Out, and Arthur C. Clarke. 

  • Next Week: who knows
  • Paul Reiser over everything.