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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!

Oct 27, 2014

Holidays are the worst thing in our culture. Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Valentine's Day, Bastille Day - those holidays are for people who love their lives. Disgusting. But there's always the day Michael Myer's came home. On this holiest of holidays, we discuss the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Listen to previous year's Halloween specials: Episode 6: Horror movie special, Episode 51: John Carpenter special featuring 10 guests in 8 individuals segments.

This episode your hosts Truckasaurus Stone and Season of the Witzke are joined by Wet Donut In Aliens Jeske, Grave-vid Smothers, Satanic Horror-ocks, The (understandably) Unretrieved Cremains of John K.O., and Jared the Atomic Space Ape Lewis

  • 0:00:00 -0:42:28 - BRACKET PART ONE with David Brothers & Morgan Jeske.
  • 0:42:49 - 1:04:15 - Spotlight on Running Man with Jared Lewis & John Keogh.
  • 1:04:16 - 1:33:17 - Spotlight on Commando with Sarah Horrocks.
  • 1:33:18 - 2:41:03 - BRACKET PART TWO: 3D Battle Across Time.

The films discussed include: 

  • Conan the Barbarian (1982), written and directed by John Milius, co-starring James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow, Sandhal Bergman, Sven Ole-Thorson, Mako, Ben Davidson, and Gary Lopez.
  • The Terminator (1984), written and directed by James Cameron, co-starring Linda Hamilton, Michael Beihn, Paul Winfield, and Lance Henriksen. Cameo by Bill Paxton.
  • Commando (1985), directed by Mark L. Lester, co-starring Rae Dawn Chong, David Patrick Kelly, Dan Hedeya, Vernon Wells, Bill Duke, and Alyssa Milano
  • Raw Deal (1986), directed by John Irvin, co-starring Darren McGavin and Robert Davi.
  • Predator (1987), directed by John McTiernan, co-starring Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Kevin Peter Hall, Shane Black, Richard Chaves, Elpidia Carrillo, and Richard Thorson. 
  • The Running Man (1987), directed by Paul Michael Glaser, co-starring Richard Dawson, Maria Conchita-Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Mick Fleetwood, Sven Ole-Thorson, Prof Toru Tanaka, Erland Von Lith, Jesse Ventura, and Jim Brown. 
  • Red Heat (1988), directed by Walter Hill, co-starring Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Gina Gershon, Larry Fishburne, and Ed O'Ross. 
  • Twins (1988), directed by Ivan Reitman, co-starring Danny Devito, David Caruso, Heather Graham, Kelly Preston, and Bonnie Bartlett. 
  • Total Recall (1990), directed by Paul Verhoeven, co-starring Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Dean Norris, Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, and Mel Johnson Jr. 
  • Kindergarten Cop (1990), directed by Ivan Reitman, co-starring Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Richard Tyson, and Cathy Moriarty. 
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), directed by James Cameron, co-starring Richard Patrick, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, and Joe Morton.
  • Last Action Hero (1993), directed by John McTiernan, co-starring Austin O'Brien, Tom Noonan, Charles Dance, F Murray Abraham, Robert Prosky, Frank McCrae, Mercedes Ruehl, and Ian McKellen.
  • True Lies (1994), directed by James Cameron, co-starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Paxton, Tom Arnold, Tia Carrere, Charlton Heston, and Grant Heslov. 
  • Junior (1994), directed by Ivan Reitman, co-starring Danny Devito, Emma Thompson, Pamela Reed, and Frank Langella. 
  • Eraser (1996), directed by Chuck Russell, co-starring James Caan and Vanessa Williams. 
  • Jingle All the Way (1996), directed by Brian Levant, co-starring Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Darth Vader, and Rita Wilson.
  • Batman & Robin (1997), directed by Joel Schumacher, co-starring Alicia Silverstone and Coolio. 
  • End of Days (1999), directed by Peter Hyams, co-starring Gabriel Byrne, Rod Stieger, Kevin Pollak, Robin Tunney, Udo Kier, and CCH Pounder
  • The 6th Day (2000), directed by Roger Spottiswoode, co-starring Robert Duvall?, Michael Rappaport, and Terry Crews. 
  • Collateral Damage (2002), directed by Andrew Davis, co-starring Elias Koteas, Francesca Neri, John Tuturro, John Leguizamo, and Cliff Curtis. 
  • The Last Stand (2013), directed by Kim Ji-Woon, co-starring Johnny Knoxville, Luis Guzman, Harry Dean Stanton, Peter Stormare, Rodrigo Santiago, and Forrest Whitaker.
  • Escape Plan (2013), directed by Mikael Halfstrom, co-starring Jim Caviezel, Sylvester Stallone, Amy Ryan, 50 Cent, Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones, and Vincent D'onofrio. 
  • Sabotage (2014), directed by David Ayer, co-starring Olivia Williams, Sam Worthington, Mirelle Enos, Terrence Howard, Joe Mangianello, Harold Perrineu, Max Martini, and Josh Holloway. 
  • Music: All music in this episode has been taken from the Disneyland Haunted Mansion Ride, composed by Buddy Baker and featuring Paul Frees. 
  • Next week: A very special episode of Travis Bickle on the Riviera