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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!

Feb 5, 2016

  • 0:00:00 - 0:17:34 - INTROS, Morgan has never seen Grease, Tucker has write-in question for Morgan and has also never seen Grease, Sean watched a disappointing gay trucker porno. 
  • 0:17:35 - 1:41:51 - We discuss Bowie and/or Bowie's music in the following films:
  • The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976), directed by Nicolas Roeg, starring David Bowie, Candy Clark, Rip Torn, Bernie Casey, and Buck Henry. 
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), directed by Nagisa Oshima, starring David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Tom Conti, and Jack Thompson
  • Basquiat (1996), directed by Julian Schnabel, starring Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Michael Wincott, and Courtney Love
  • Velvet Goldmine (1998), directed by Todd Haynes, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard, and Joseph Beattie
  • The Prestige (2006), directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Rebecca Hall, and Andy Serkis
  • Mauvais Sang (1986), dir. Leos Carax, starring Michael Piccoli, Denis Lavant, and Juliet Binoche.
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), directed by Wes Anderson, starring Bill Murray, Wes Anderson, Seu Jorge, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Goldblum, Waris Awhulia, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, Bud Cort, Noah Taylor, and Robyn Cohen.
  • A Knight's Tale (2001), directed by Brian Hegeland, starring Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Rufus Sewell, Mark Addy, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk, Laura Fraser, and James Purefoy. 
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009), directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Bruhl, Denis Menochet, Mike Meyers, Rod Taylor, Til Sweiger, Sylvester Groth, Jackie Ido, BJ Novak, Eli Roth, Paul Rust, Samm Levine, Michael Bacall, Bo Svenson, Lea Seydoux, and Martin Wuttke. 
  • Dogville (2003), directed by Lars Von Trier, starring Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, John Hurt, Lauren Bacall, Chloe Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo Kier, James Caan, Ben Gazarra, Patricia Clarkson, Shauna Shim, Jeremy Davies, Phillip Baker Hall, Zeljko Ivanek, and Sibohan Fallon.
  • The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barabara Hershey, Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie, Irvin Kershner, Verna Bloom, Victor Argo, and John Lurie. 
  • Into the Night (1985), directed by John Landis, starring Jeff Goldblum, David Bowie, Michelle Pfieffer, Bruce McGill, Richard Farnsworth, Vera Miles, Paul Mazursky and a good 100 cameos. 
  • Labyrinth (1986), directed by Jim Henson, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. 
  • The Hunger (1983), directed by Tony Scott, starring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve, and Dan Hedeya.
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), directed by David Lynch, starring Sheryl Lee, Kyle McLachlan, David Bowie, Moira Kelly, Chris Isaak, Keifer Sutherland, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Wise, Madchen Amchick, Heather Graham, David Lynch, Grace Zabriskie, Jurgen Pronchow, Miguel Ferrer, and Frank Silva. 
  • 1:41:52 - 1:48:45 - The final entry in Travis Bickle's featuring of classic episodes of David Brothers' DEACON'S CORNER, ther world's longest running Blade fancast. We were extremely lucky to have these segments blow our show out of the water for the past month. 
  • Next Week: Hail Caesar. 
  • Our outro music this week: "Black Tie White Noise" by David Bowie. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. This week combined with David Bowie's "Fantastic Voyage". The interstitial music is "Win" by David Bowie.
  • 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.