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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!

Oct 6, 2014

Here's the latest episode of the world's only movie podcast, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. With your hosts Morgan "Sir Paul McCartney " Jeske and Sean "Sirhan Sirhan" Witzke.

  • 0:00:00 - 0:17:01 - Both of us watched Notting Hill (1999), directed by Roger Michell, written by Richard Curtis, starring Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Alec Baldwin, Tim McInnery, Emma Chambers, Rhys Ifans, and Gina McKee. 
  • 0:17:02 - 0:32:04 - Both of us watched Rolling Thunder (1977), directed by John Flynn, written by Paul Schrader, starring William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, and Linda Haynes. 
  • 0:32:05 - 0:43:49 - Sean watched Chung Kuo, Cina (1972), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, director of photography Luciano Tovoli. (Link goes to whole thing on youtube). We also talk about The Passenger (1975), also by Antonioni & Tovoli, respectively, starring Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Steve Berkhoff, Ian Hendry, Jenny Runacre. 
  • 0:43:50 - 0:47:20 - Morgan watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), directed by Rupert Wyatt, starring James Franco, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, Frida Pinto, and David Oyelowo. 
  • 0:47:21 - 0:51:15 - He also watched Coherence (2013), directed by James Ward Bykrit, starring Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, and Nicholas Brendon.
  • 0:51:16 - 0:56:59 - And Happy Christmas (2014), directed by Joe Swanberg, starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Swanberg, Mark Webber, and Lena Dunham.
  • 0:57:00 - 1:04:23 - Sean watched The Sacrament (2014), directed by Ti West, starring Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kate Lyn Shiel, Gene Jones, and Kentucker Audley. 
  • 1:04:24 - 1:15:46 - To close out, Morgan tells us a little about Maps to the Stars (2014), directed by David Cronenberg, starring Julianne Moore, Robert Pattison, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon. 
  • Next Week: Tucker goes to a film festival, Sean carves "♥ James Cameron ♥" into his arm with a cafeteria knife. 
  • Our outro music this week: "Skeletons " by Stevie Wonder.