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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 9, 2014

  • 0:00:00 - 0:9:58 - This week Sean joined Morgan Jeske in East Vancouver's local NPR affiliate studio (the show's on NPR now did we tell you? We told you), joined by Engineer Dennis (who was never on mic it turns out), to discuss the following tv shows (and some movies). This is Morgan's tenth appearance on the show and to celebrate we took the show to him. 

    To start off we begin by talking about cultural institutions, The Simpsons, and SNL

  • 0:11:13 - 0:17:48 - Sean watched Playing House (2014), starring Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Keegan Michael Key, Zach Woods, Andy Daly, Jason Mantzoukas, Lindsay Sloane, Ian Roberts, Jane Kaczmarek, and Bobby Moynihan.  Also discussed in this section: the silent cultural pushback on nerds owning the culture. 
  • 0:17:49 - 0:30:52 - Morgan has been watching the tv version of Fargo (2014), starring Alison Tohlman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Martin Sheen(?), Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Oliver Platt, and Adam Goldberg. Also discussed in this section: the X-Men movie, Canadian Bacon, Men At Work, No Country For Old Men, more Hannibal talk, Veep, True Blood, The Castle, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Person of Interest.
  • 0:30:52 - 0:42:03 - Morgan has been watching 24: Live Another Day (2014), starring JACK FUCKING BAUER. Also discussed in this section; Martyrs, Comedy Bang Bang, Hostel, Person of Interest, Punisher,OLD MAN BAUER, Columbo, and the guy who did the voice of Liquid Turtle
  • 0:42:04 - 0:48:11 - Sean and Morgan have been watching Louie (2010-2014), starring Jerry Seinfeld. Also discussed in this section: This episode of the Nerdist Writers Panel on Person of Interest, Todd Barry, and Delocated.
  • 0:48:12 - 0:56:05 - Morgan has been watching The Americans (2013-2014), starring Keri Russel, Matthew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich. Also discussed in this section: Miami Vice and Justified
  • 0:56:06: - 1:04:05 - Morgan watched a movie called Blue Ruin (2014), directed and written by Jeremy Saulnier, starring Macon Blair. Also mentioned in this section: Old Boy, Ronin, The Driver, and David Milch.
  • 1:04:06 - 1:10:27 - Sean watched Lust of the Vampire (1956), directed by Riccardo Freda & Mario Bava, starring Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo, Dario Michaelis, Wandisa Guida, and Paul Muller. Also discussed in this section: opera (for some reason?), Mussolini, Sergio Leone, Eyes Without A Face, and Dario Argento. 
  • 1:10:28 - 1:14:59 - Sean also watched Man on a Swing (1974), directed by Frank Perry, starring Joel Grey & Cliff Robertson. Also discussed in this section: Psych, True Detective, and Obsession.  
  • 1:15:00 - 1:22:40 - And for our closing remarks, both Sean and Morgan watched Return to Paradise (1998), directed by Joseph Ruben, starring Anne Heche, Vince Vaughn, and Joaquin Phoenix. Also discussed in this section: Roman Polanski, Anne Heche's career.