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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!

Jul 20, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:50:10 - Trailer Roundup: We discuss the trailers for Star Wars 7 (which is a featurette), Suicide Squad, The Renevant, Everest, Queen of the Earth, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Person of Interest S5, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

Also discussed in this section: Kiss of Death, Jade, Slums of Beverly Hills, But I'm A Cheerleader, True Romance, Bamboozled, King of New York, Results, The Insider, sweet potatoes, Sucker Punch, Fury, Ant-Man, The Shadow, Darkman, Die Hard, The Cowboy Bebop Movie, Flash Gordon, John Ostrander, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, The Care Bears movie, Jeremy Renner, JJ Abrams, Kevin Smith, Super 8, Felicity, John Williams, Armageddon, Sailor Moon, The Man From UNCLE, Jeremiah Johnson, James Cameron, X-Men Apocalypse, George Lucas, Terrence Malick, Liam Neeson, George Clooney, the La Casa film series, Hausu, Drag Me To Hell, House, Umberto Lenzi, Nightmare City, Cannibal Ferox, Sam Raimi, Spider-Man, Pawn Sacrifice trailer, Andrei RublevHugh Glass, Peyton Reed, Walking Dead, Birdman, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Wolf of Wall Street, Mad Max Fury Road, Django Unchained, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Top of the Lake, Persona, Mad Men, The Wire, Person of Interest, Jonathan Nolan, Jai Courtenay: box office poison, Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, John Hawkes, Keira Knightly, Jason Clarke, Edgar Ramirez, Pain & Gain, The Rock's instagram page, crossfit, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg vs Gene Hackman, Hoosiers, French Connection, Royal Tenenbaums, Garret Morris, Adam McKay, Green Lantern, and Transformers 4.

  • 0:50:11 - 0:59:40 - The Quick and the Dead (1995), directed by Sam Raimi, starring Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Keith David, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, and Mark Boone Junior. 

Also discussed in this section: Robert Rodriguez, Geena Davis, The Gift, Evil Dead, Simple Plan, Romper Stomper, Virtuosity, Chopper, Eric Bana, Sam Worthington, Hulk, Sweet Home Alabama, Josh Lucas, Hope Floats, Blake Lively, Man of Steel, Nymphomaniac, Fanny & Alexander, Yi Yi, Major Dundee, and Cross of Iron.

  • 0:59:41 - 1:22:54 - HOMEWORK - Enduring Love (2004), directed by Roger Michell, starring Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans, and Samantha Morton. 

Also discussed in this section: Notting Hill, Atonement,  Full Frontal, Ian McEwan, Amsterdam, The Comfort of Strangers, Crying of Lot 49, Notice, Gravity's Rainbow, Pretty Woman, Devil's Rejects, Stephen King, Paul Schrader, Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma, Layer Cake, Munich, American Psycho, Tucker vs. Book Clubs, Faces of Death, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer, and Manhunter.