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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 4, 2014

0:00:00 - 0:10:06 - This week Tucker Stone and Sean Witzke are back to talk about movies. But first we start off talking about television: this time we discuss Hannibal, Louie, 24, Criminal Minds, Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Stephen Lang, and The Decameron

0:10:07 - 0:18:56 - Sean saw Neighbors (2014), directed by Nicholas Stoller, starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Burress, Jason Mantzoukas, Lisa Kudrow, Jerrod Carmichael, Ike Barinholtz, and Carla Gallo. Also mentioned in this section: 28 Weeks Later, Damages, Get Him To The Greek, This Is The End, Danny McBride, Walton Goggins in G.I. Joe: RetaliationBlended, Michael Caine, Dirty WorkGodzilla, The Lost World, and Vince Vaughn. 

0:18:57 - 0:46:32 - Tucker went saw him some X-Men: Crimes & Misdemeanors For Toyfare Subscribers (2014), directed by this guy, starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbinder, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bishop. Also mentioned in this section: Mark Millar, Chris Claremont, Lyndon Johnson, John Romita Jr., Heat, Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, Bill Lustig, 48 HoursRififi, and Dune

0:46:33 - 0:52:28 - Both Tucker and Sean watched the new blu-ray release of Sorcerer (1977), directed by William Friedkin, starring Francisco Rabal, Amidou, Bruno Cremer, and Roy Scheider. Also discussed in this section: Peter Jackson's King Kong, Bryan Singer, Sin City, the trailers for Sin City 2: The Red Shoe Diaries, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Transformers 4: Ivan Reitman's Evolution.  

0:52:29 - 1:12:23 - Tucker watched Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2 (2003/4), directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Darryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Vivica A Fox, Sonny Chiba, Gordon Liu, Michael Parks, Chiaki Kuriyama, Michael Bowen, and Julie Dreyfuss. Also mentioned in this section: Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Paul Thomas Anderson, the episode from 3rd Rock from the Sun with the video store, The GateThe Raid, John Hyams, HaywireSyriana, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Dealin With Idiots

NEXT WEEK: A field recording of Sally and Mommy doing all the dialog from The Rock and So I Married An Axe Murderer hanging back from the national parks tour in the stairwell of the Alcatraz. CARLA WAS THE PROM QUEEN.