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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!

Jul 18, 2016

  • 0:00:00 - 0:12:45 - INTROS - Tucker's not dead/his adventure in Orlando, Florida. Also: sexist maniacs, overdosing on acid, getting too mean around civilians. 
  • 0:12:46 - 0:20:22 - Trainwreck (2015), directed by Judd Apatow, starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Lebron James, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, and Vanessa Bayer. 
  • 0:20:23 - 0:24:45 - Tiger House (2015), directed by Thomas Daley starring Kaya Soderlario, Dougray Scott, and Ed Skrein. 
  • 0:24:46 - 0:33:30 - In the Valley of Violence (2016), directed by Ti West, starring Ethan Hawke, Karen Gillen, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Burn Gorman, Toby Huss, and Larry Fessenden.
  • 0:33:31 - 0:44:29 - Central Intelligence (2016), directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, starring The Rock, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Jason Bateman, and Aaron Paul
  • 0:44:30 - 0:48:12 - Lethal Weapon (1987), directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Tom Atkins, and Gary Busey. 
  • 0:48:13 - 0:53:01 - Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016), directed by Taika Waititi, starring Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rachel House, and Taika Waititi.
  • 0:53:02 - 1:00:10 -  Person of Interest catch up. Tucker realized after recording that the Nation's needle drop actually happened in a previous episode, you know how it goes.
  • 1:00:11 - 1:19:17 - Terminator: Genisys (2015), directed by Alan Taylor, starring Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtenay, and sadly, Arnold Schwarzenegger. 
  • Next Week: The Neon Demon and Crash.
  • Our outro music this week: is "The Day The Whole World Went Away" by Nine Inch Nails from Person of Interest. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. 
  • It looks like someone drew a face on a balloon.