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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!

Nov 24, 2015


  • 0:00:00 - 0:19:22 - Once Were Warriors (1994), directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Rena Owen, Temura Morrison, Julian Arahanga, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Cliff Curtis, and Pete Smith
  • Also discussed in this section: The Scorch Trials, Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, The Edge, Die Another Day, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Sunshine, Training Day, Collateral Damage, Dark Horse, Hawaii, Blake Edwards, 50 First Dates, Mad Max, Flashpoint, Magnum PI, Molochai, Princess Kaiulani, Blue Crush, Drunk History, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Descendants, Aloha, North Shore, Rob Schneider, Fisher Stevens, and Aziz Ansari. 
  • 0:19:23 - 0:30:15 - Boy (2010), directed by Taika Waititi, starring James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Rachel House, and Moerangi Tihore.
  • What We Do In the Shadows (2014), directed by Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, starring Waititi, Clement, Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham, Jackie Van Beek, Cori Gonzalez-Macauer, Stu Rutherford, and Rhys Darby. 
  • Also discussed in this section: 400 Blows, Wes Anderson, Stone, Jean-Luc Godard, Green Lantern, Thor 3E.T., Michael Jackson, Boogie Nights, Akira, Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Eagle Vs. Shark, The Office, Flight of the Conchords, Mighty Boosh, Snowtown, and Dead Man's Shoes.
  • 0:30:16 - 0:32:30 - Whale Rider (2002), directed by Nikki Caro, starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Hauton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, and Rachel House. 
  • Also discussed in this section: Unstoppable.
  • 0:32:31 - 0:46:07 - The Dead Lands (2014), directed by Toa Fraser, starring James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Rena Owen, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xaivier Horan, and George Henare.
  • Also discussed in this section: Ringo Lam, Gareth Evans, Last Samurai, Conan the Barbarian, Lord of the Rings, Apocalypto, Akira Kurosawa, Cormac McCarthy, Collateral, Fury Road, Chaac the Rain God, The Other Quest, Utu, Jason Statham, Sukiyaki Western Django, and Johnnie To. 
  • 0:46:08 - 1:00:30 - The Orator (2011), directed by Tusi Tamasese, starring Fa'afiaula Sagote, Tausil Pushparaj, Salamasina Matala, and Ioata Tanielu.
  • Also discussed in this section: The Hole, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Noami Kawase, Mourning Forest, and Lav Diaz. 
  • 1:00:31 - 1:15:45 - Picture Bride (1995), directed by Kato Hatta, starring Youki Kudoh, Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita, Akira Takayama, Toshiro Mifune, and Jason Scott Lee.
  • Also discussed in this section: Dario Argento, Cat O'Nine Tails, Fury Road, Once Upon A Time in the West, Django Unchained, Morgan Freeman, Edward James Olmos, 
  • 1:15:45 - 1:30:33 - Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2 (2015), directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julienne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Clafin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Gwendoline Christie. 
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), directed by Wes Craven, starring Heather Lagenkamp, John Saxon, Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, Ronnee Blakely, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, and Charles Fleischer. 
  • Also discussed in this section: Harry Potter, the X-Men, Orphan, Battle Royale, Alfonso Cuaron, Die Hard, Limp Bizkit, xXx, Fast & the Furious, George Orwell, Steven Soderbergh, David O. Russell, Man of Steel, and the Dark Knight trilogy. 
  • Next Week: Spectre.
  • Our outro music this week: "Getting Nowhere in a Hurry" by Roy Budd from Get Carter. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York.
  • 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 twittertumblr, 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), which Sean edits.