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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!

Jan 5, 2016

  • 0:00:00 - 0:08:11 - INTROS - Also discussed in this section: Snow Crash, 13 Hours, the Jack Reacher making of features, and Valkyrie.
  • 0:08:12 -  0:20:55 - Magic Mike XXL (2015), directed by Gregory Jacobs, edited and shot by Steven Soderbergh, starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Mat Bomer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Andie MacDowell, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, Twitch, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Michael Strahan.
Also discussed in this section: Alex Pettyfer, Tony Jaa, Collateral, America's Best Dance Crew, Chuck Norris in Return of the DragonRoad House, Michael, K-Pax, Phenomenon, Sex Lies and Videotape, Face/Off, The Crow: City of Angels, Gods of Egypt, Run All Night, Rob Zombie, The Firm, Bonfire of the Vanities, Midnight and the Garden of Good and Evil, Tom Hanks, House of Cards, and Ant-Man.  
  • 0:20:56 - 0:28:49 - Love (2015), directed by Gaspar Noe, starring Karl Gusman, Aomi Muyock, Klara Kristin, Isabelle Nicouf, and Gaspar Noe.
Also discussed in this section: Je T'aime Je T'aime, Deep Red, Quentin Tarantino, Vincent Cassell, Monica Bellucci, John Carpenter, Epidemic, Celebrity,  Triumph of the Will, Birth of a Nation, Salo, My Name Is Nobody, 2001: A Space Odyssey, John Waters, Enter The Void, Irreversible, and I Stand Alone.
  • 0:28:50 - 0:42:25 - Spotlight (2015), directed by Todd McCarthy, starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, and RIchard Jenkins. 
Also discussed in this section: The Big Short, The Cobbler, Trumbo, Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Alan J Pakula, Steven Soderbergh, And The Band Played On, Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood, The Vatican Tapes, 30 Minutes or Less, T.I., and Prisoners.
  • 0:42:26 - 0:50:08 - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), directed by Matthew Vaughn, starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Taron Edgerton, and Sofia Boutella. 
Also discussed in this section: James Bond, Watchmen, Men In Black, Harry PotterMichael Caine's acting classKick Ass, Samuel L. Jackson, Gogo Yubari, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • 0:50:09 - 1:04:42 - Revenant (2015), directed by Alejandro Inirratu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, and Lukas Haas. 
Also discussed in this section: Star Wars 7, Scorch Trials, marvel movies, Titanic, Jeremiah Johnson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jim Bridger, Andrei Rublev, The New World, Passion of the Christ, Saving Private Ryan, Birdman, The Assassin, Training Day, The Grey, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Doom
  • 1:04:43 - 1:16:26 - Chi-Raq (2015), directed by Spike Lee, starring Nick Cannon, Samuel L. Jackson, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Wesley Snipes, Angela Basset, John Cusack, DB Sweeney, Dave Chapelle, David Patrick Kelly, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. 
Also discussed in this section: 25th Hour, Bamboozled, Hamilton, Jungle Fever, Do The Right Thing, Inside Man, Mo Better Blues, Malcolm X, Antonio Fargas, Expendables 3, Wolf Warrior, Kanye West, the Economist, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Spike Lee's Old Boy, He Got Game, She Hate Me, Hoosiers, Blue Velvet, Roger Corman, Bruce Dern, and Anatomy of an Actor: Tom Cruise.
  • 1:16:27 - 1:19:51 - SPECIAL BONUS FEATUREDeacon's Corner with David Brothers! This is the first of 4 featured segments from David's longest running Blade fancast!
  • Next Week: The Best Films of 2015. 
  •  Our outro music this week: "Miami" by Riz Ortolani from Goodbye Uncle Tom. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. The interstitial music is "Environmental Studies From Gnutella" by Delia Derbyshire.
  • 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.