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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!

Aug 3, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:24:15 - INTROS - We tangent all over the place, discussing the Spectre trailer, Sam Mendes, Jarhead, Alex Pettyfer, John Krasinski, Magic Mike XXL, I Am Number Four, Timothy Olyphant, Jumper, Push, Gladiator, Chris Evans, Before Sunrise, Bourne 5, Chris Hemsworth, Tommy Lee Jones, The Sunset Limited, Jeremy Renner, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Mission Impossible 2, John WIck, Jack Reacher books, James Ellroy, Collateral, John Milius, Burt's Bees, The House By The Cemetery, the Robert Zemeckis episode of The Director's Chair, Flight, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, True DetectiveCarl Dreyer vs David Fincher, the trailer for 12 Rounds 3, Die Hard, World War Z, Quantum of Solace, Cast Away, Traitor, Steve Martin, War Machine, Ocean's 13, Marvel Vs. Capcom, and Ghostface Killah.
  • 0:24:16 - 51:29 - We both watched Southpaw (2015), directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forrest Whittaker, Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent, and Naomie Harris.

Also discussed in this section: 24/7, The Great White Hype, Rocky 3, Rocky 4, Rocky 5, Rocky Balboa, Eminem, The Champ, Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, Ron Shelton, White Men Can't Jump, Henry Rollins, Adam Arkin, Katey Sagal, James Horner, Aliens, 48 Hrs, 8 Mile, kung fu movies, Floyd Mayweather, Dolemite, Bull Durham, The Player, Short Cuts, Touch of Evil, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, and Nashville. 

Correction: we say that Ron Shelton directed The Great White Hype. It was Reggie Hudlin.

  • 0:51:30 - 0:56:28 - Tucker watched Shooter (2007), directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Ned Beatty, Danny Glover, Michael Pena, Elias Koteas, and Rhona Mitra. 

Also discussed in this section: Network, Crash, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Atom Egoyan, The Equalizer, Kata Mara being a vampire, Anna Friel, and House of Cards.

  • 0:56:29 - 1:05:00 - Sean watched The Hellbenders (1966), directed by Sergio Corbucci, starring Joseph Cotten, Norma Bengell, Aldo Sambrelli, Juan Mateos, and Rafael Vaquero. 

Also discussed in this section: Navajo Joe, Django, The Great Silence, Django Unchained, William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Citizen Kane, Third Man, and Magnificent Ambersons.

  • 1:05:01 - 1:20:27 - OUTROS - Michael Bay made a Benghazi movie.

Also discussed in this section:  Pain & Gain, Transformers 2, The Lone Ranger, The Grey, Breaking Bad, Zero Dark Thirty, Extreme Measures, Uncommon Valor, District 9, Holly Hunter, Joan Allen, Fantastic 4, Fast & The Furious, Constantine, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Tilda Swinton, Broken Flowers, John C Reilly, The Vampire's Assistant, Vanilla Sky, Michael Sheen in 7 Days In Hell, Frost/Nixon, Splash, Splash Too, Teen Wolf Too, Escape To With Mountain, Return to Witch Mountain, Christopher Lee, Kolchak the Night Stalker, Columbo, the X-Files reboot, CSI, The Last Samurai, Defiance, and Vin Diesel's birthday cake.

  • Our outro music this week: "Un Momento" by Ennio Morricone from The Hellbenders. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York.
  • We'll see you in Harlem!