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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 28, 2016

Here it is, the brand spaking new FIFTH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SPECIAL episode of Travis Bickle on the Riviera, the world's only movie podcast. With your hosts Tucker Stone, Morgan Jeske and Sean Witzke. 

  • Our previous Helloween Spooktaculars include -- our 8th episode on some of our favorite horror films; our first guest-filled extravaganza on our north star, the greatest living film director John Carpenter (suck it, Godard); our second guest-filled extravaganza bracket on every movie made by Arnold Schwarzenegger; and our third, insanely long guest-filled extravaganza in two parts: BROTHER VS BROTHER, on Ridley Scott vs Tony Scott. This year we have the one behind the cut, where we have no guests just meat and the saw. 
  • 0:00:00 - 1:55:53 - This episode features audio clips from:  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre opening narration, score and 2 segments from Adam Simons' documentary The American Nightmare featuring Tobe Hooper and Carol J Clover. For further reading, we would recommend Clover's clinic on horror film criticism Men, Women, & Chainsaws and for a more autobiographical/historical perspective, the Chainsaw chapter of Jason Zinoman's Shock Value
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), directed by Tobe Hooper, starring Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Jim Siedow, Paul Partain, Edwin Neal, John Dugan, Teri McMinn, Allen Denzinger, and William Veil. 
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986), directed by Tobe Hooper, starring Dennis Hopper, Bill Mosely, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Johnson, and Lou Perryman. 
  • Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (1990), directed by Jeff Burr,  starring Viggo Mortensen, Kate Hodge, Ken Foree, William Butler, Joe Unger, R.A. Mihailoff, and Toni Hudson. 
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), directed by Kim Henkel, starring Renee Zellweger, Matthew McConnaughey, and Robert Jacks. 
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), directed by Marcus Nispel, starring Jessica Biel, Eric Balfour, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski, R. Lee Ermy, and David Dorfman. 
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), directed by Jonathan Liebesman, starring R. Lee Ermy, Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird, and Andrew Bryniarski.
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013), directed by John Luessenhop, starring Alexandra Daddarrio, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, Bill Mosely, and Dan Yeager.
  • Next Week: Who knows I'm tired... White Chicks
  • Our outro music this week: is "Stupid Child" by Swans from Public Castration is a Good Idea . And our intro this week is John Laroquette and Tobe Hooper. 
  • 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). The hosts are on twitter too - Tucker,Morgan, and Sean. Hail Satan.