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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 25, 2016

  • It's time for a new episode of the only movie podcast ever, with Sean Witzke and Katie Skelly! Please consider supporting our Patreon, which is the reason we are now bringing you our first (in what we hope of many) video essay series as well as many more projects that are only possible with your support. Thank you for making this podcast a part of your life, of which you have only one. 
  • 0:00:00 - 0:28:07 - The Neon Demon (2016), directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Karl Guisman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcoate, Abby Lee, Christine Hendricks, and Jamie Clayton.
  • Correction: Sean meant Mike Hodges not Mike Nichols. 
  • 0:28:08 - 0:33:49 - Cocksucker Blues (1972), directed by Robert Frank, starring The Rolling Stones
  • 0:33:50 - 0:40:01 - Blood Simple (1984), directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, John Getz, Dan Hedeya, M Emmet Walsh, and Samm Art-Williams. 
  • 0:40:02 - 0:52:01 - Requiem For a Vampire (1971), directed by Jean Rollin, starring Marie Pierre-Castel, Mireille Dargent, and Phillipe Gaste. 
  • 0:52:02 - 1:16:16 - Crash (1996), directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter, Rosanna Arquette, and Peter MacNiel. 
  • Next Week: The Wailing.
  • Our outro music this week: is "12XU" by Wire. 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 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), which Sean edits. The hosts are on twitter too - TuckerMorgan, and Sean