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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 2, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:32:45 - Morgan watched all of the Fast and the Furious movies directed by Rob Cohen, John Singleton, Justin Lin, and James Wan, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Also discussed in this section: The Avengers, Star Trek, The Road Warrior, Bond, Hunger Games, Jeroen Crabbe, Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, Point Break, Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Miami Vice, Death Proof, Wile E. Coyote, Tom Cruise, Monica Belluci, Daredevil, Havoc, Dolph Lundgren, The Raid, Old Boy, the "Charlie Work" episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, True Detective, Hannibal, Tron Legacy, Game of Death, and Keanu Reeves. 

  • 0:32:46 - 0:43:00 - Sean watched The Osterman Weekend (1983), directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Sweet Baby Rutger Hauer, Craig T. Nelson, Meg Foster, John Hurt, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster, and Chris Sarandon.

Also discussed in this section: Convoy, George Jones, CW McCall, James Coburn, Conway Twitty, Watchmen, Alan Moore's Writing For Comics, Wanted Dead or Alive, Hobo With A Shotgun, The Hitcher, Flesh and Blood, Batman Begins, Spetters, Blade Runner, Takashi Miike, Robocop, and Showgirls. 

  • 0:43:01 - 1:12:15 - Morgan watched: 

The Conversation (1974), directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Frederic Forrest, Robert Duvall, and Harrison Ford.

Blow Out (1981), directed by Brian De Palma, starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, and Dennis Franz.

Klute (1971), directed by Alan J Pakula, starring Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda, Charles Cioffi, and Roy Schieder. 

Also discussed in this section: Blow Up, Deep Red, Steven Soderbergh, Obsession, Greetings, Raising Cain, Godfather 2, Walter Murch, Apocalypse Now, Frantic, Willem Dafoe, Timothy Carey, Evil Dead, Halloween, The Shining, Josh Brolin, The Sleeping Car Murders, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Hairspray, Wild Hogs, Black Christmas, Room 237, The Exorcist, Going Clear, The Thing, Carrie, Dressed to Kill, and Heaven's Gate

  • 1:12:16 - 1:26:46 - To close out, we talk about the Star Wars 7 trailer, as well as Ex Machina, Sunshine, Star Trek, Roberto Orci, Super 8, Rian Johnson, Terminator: Genisys, James Cameron, George Lucas' politics, Kathleen Kennedy, Leigh Brackett, Marcia Lucas, Gary Kurtz, Irvin Kershner, Thor, Event Horizon, Brothers Bloom, Mad Max Fury Road, 28 Days Later, Day of the Dead, The Beach, 127 Hours, Dredd, and Prometheus.
  • THE FIFTH AGE: Sam Kleiman from The Thing About My Folks.