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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!

May 5, 2015

0:00:00 - 1:10:45 - Tucker went to see The Avengers 2: The Second One Without Ralph Fiennes (2015), directed by Josh Whedon, starring Zodiac, Snowpiercer, Blacklist, Lucy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Stendhal Syndrome, Luther, The Guard, Blackhat, Nymphomaniac, Bourne Legacy, Kick Ass, Wimbeldon, She Hate Me, and the Shaft remake. 

Also discussed in this section: Daredevil, Josh Whedon on twitter, Tom Cruise on twitter, Edge of Tomorrow, Mission Impossible, David Miscavidge,  Ving Rhames, Hollywood Minute with David Spade, The Soup, the wage gap, Louis CK, The Rock, Under The Skin, Lucy, Greg Rucka, the guy on trial in the Hague, Sam Fuller, Manny Farber, the Suicide Squad cast photo, Ant Man, Shark, Lincoln, Agents of Shield, The Stendhal Syndrome, the Avengers sidescrolling arcade game, Brad Meltzer, Gamer, Looper, Interstellar, Jack Reacher, Transformers 4, Wesley Morris on Avengers24, Mark Millar, Bryan Curtis on Pacquiao/Mayweather, Charles S. Dutton in Alien 3, Under Armor, Thomas Kinkade, Ann Nocenti, George Perez, Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont, Heat, Good Will Hunting, Breaking the Waves, looking stupid in photographs, Steve Engleheart, Cable, Man of Steel, Street Fighter, horse racing, Mad Men, The Hardy Boys, Monster's Ball, NTS SD SUV, Person of Interest, Hobo With A Shotgun, Takashi Miike, Dolph Lundgren, Spetters, Penny Dreadful, John Wick, Tyler Perry, Star Trek 3, Robocop, Liam Neeson, Star Wars, Comics of the Weak, Joe McCulloch, Molly Lambert, Sarah Horrocks, Lords of Salem, Amour, Dan Brown or Chuck Palahnuik: who is the worse writer, Gilbert Hernandez, and this video with the cast of The Rover