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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!

Jun 23, 2014

It's podcast time, with Morgan and Sean and Sloane! Get into it.

  • 0:00:00 - 0:11:01 - For this week's episode Sean Witzke is joined by Gus Christopher Montreaux Jeske (BACK FOR ROUND 11, FIGHT FANS) and Alexandria Bulgamazov (who draws comics under the pen name Sloane Leong). And Engineer Dennis is also here. Ugh. 

    Our first film this week is Edge of Tomorrow (2014), directed by Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt's Arms and PAXTONS. 

  • 0:11:02 - 0:14:12 - Sloane watched Man On Fire (2004), directed by Tony Scott, starring Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, C4. 
  • 0:14:13 - 0:31:17 - All three of us watched The Hunt For Red October (1990), directed by John Frankenheimer and script doctored by John Milius, starring Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Stellen Skarsgard, James Earl Jones, Tim Curry, Sam Neill, Joss Ackland, Scott Glenn, and Courtney Vance. 
  • 0:31:18 - 0:43:30 - All three of us watched the first two episodes of the tv series Halt & Catch Fire, starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, and Toby Huss. 
  • 0:43:31 - 0:53:05 - Sloane and Sean watched Eyes Without A Face (1960), directed by Georges Franju, starring Edith Scob, Alidi Valli, and Pierre Brasseur. 
  • 0:53:06 - 0:55:08 - Sloane watched Down to Earth (1995), directed by Pedro Costa, starring Edith Scob and Isaach De Bankole. 
  • 0:55:09 - 0:59:36 - Morgan watched The Hitcher (1986), directed by Robert Harmon, written by Eric Red, starring Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and C Thomas Howell. 
  • 0:59:37 - 1:09:40 - To close out, Sean watched (quelle surpirise!) Halloween 2 (1981), directed by Rick Rosenthal & John Carpenter, written by Carpenter and Debra Hill, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance. 

    Next Week: Tucker, Joe, and Chris talk Schuiten and Garth Ennis' Red Rover Charlie

    Homwork: wild card round.  

    Our outro music this week: Kanye West - "I Am A God" (Malice Mix by Gus Jeske)

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