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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 18, 2016

  • 0:00:00 - 0:13:41 - To grease the gears a little bit, we start off talking about how much we hated --The Revenant (2015), directed by Alejandro Inarritu, starring Leonardo Dicarprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Lukas Haas, and several racial caricatures.
Also discussed in this section: Deliverance, Carol, Defiance, Training Day, John Flynn, John Boorman, Jan Michael Vincent, Wolf of Wall Street, Django Unchained, Major Dundee, Birdman, John Milius, Michael Mann, Blackhat, and There Will Be Blood.
  • 0:13:42 - 2:16:11 - Movies discussed/ in contention for our Best Of The Year Lists (in alphabetical order): 
Anomalisa (2015), directed by Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman, starring David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan. 
The Assassin (2015), directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, and Fang-yi Sheu. 
The Big Short (2015), directed by Adam McKay, starring Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, John Magaro, Finn Whittrock, Rafe Spall, Vinny Strong, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Stanley Wong, Karen Gillan, and a bunch of cameos. 
Blackhat (2015), directed by Michael Mann, starring Chris Hemsworth, Leehom Wang, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and William Mapother. 
Bone Tomahawk (2015), directed by S. Craig Zahler, starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Sid Haig, Lilli Simmons, David Arquette, and Zahn McClarnon.
Bridge of Spies (2015), directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepard, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda. 
Carol (2015), directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacey, Corey Magaro, and Carrie Brownstein. 
Creed (2015), directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Wood Harris. 
Furious 7 (2015), directed by James Wan, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Statham, and Kurt Russell. 
The Hateful Eight (2015), directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, James Parks, Channing Tatum, Dana Gourier, Zoe Bell, Lee Horsely, Gene Jones, Keith Jefferson, and the triumphant return to westerns by ENNIO MORRICONE!
Heaven Knows What (2015), directed by Ben & Joshua Safdie, starring Arielle Holmes, Buddy Duress, and Ron Braunstein. 
It Follows (2015), directed by David Robert Mitchell, starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, and Jake Weary. 
The Lobster (2015), directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Michael Smiley, and Ben Whishaw. 
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), directed by George Miller, starring Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Zoe Kravitz, and Nathan Jones.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015), directed by Guy Ritchie, starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Jared Harris, and Hugh Grant.
The Mend (2015), directed by John Magary, starring Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Mickey Sumner, and Lucy Owen. 
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015), directed by Christopher McQuarrie, starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney, Alec Baldwin, and Tom Hollander. 
Mistress America (2015), directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Matthew Shear, Kathryn Erbe, and Michael Chernus. 
Phoenix (2015), directed by Christian Petzold, starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, and Michael Maertens. 
Queen of Earth (2015), directed by Alex Ross Perry, starring Elizabeth Moss, Katharine Waterston, and Patrick Fugit. 
Results (2015), directed by Andrew Bujalski, starring Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, and Anthony Michael Hall.  
Sicario (2015), directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Daniel Kaluuya, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, and Jeffrey Donovan. 
Steve Jobs (2015), directed by Danny Boyle, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, and Katharine Waterston.
Wild City (2015), directed by Ringo Lam, starring Louis Koo, Shawn Kue, Simon Yam, Phillip Ng, and Tong Liya. 
  • 2:16:12 - 2:20:05 - Movies we're excited about in 2016!
  • 2:20:06 - 2:25:40 - David Brothers has kindly allowed us to feature segments from his long-running podcast on the movie Blade, DEACON'S CORNER!. 
  • Next Week: In honor of Jojo McCulloch, BENGHAZI

     Our outro music this week: "Jim Jones At Botany Bay" by Jennifer Jason Leigh from The Hateful Eight. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. The interstitial music is "Fresh Aire" 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.