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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!

Dec 22, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:20:31 - Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens 3D IMAX Experience (2015), directed by JJ Abrams, written by JJ Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt, starring Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Daisey Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Peter Mayhew, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyongo, Andy Serkis, Domnhall Gleeson, Simon Pegg, Max Von Sydow, Yayan Ruihan, Iko Uwais, and Gwendoline Christie. 

Also discussed in this section: Star Wars, Avengers 2, Empire Strikes Back, Girls, Attack the Block, Young Indiana Jones, James Cameron, Zack Snyder, Fantastic Four, Return of the Jedi, and Halloween.

  • 0:20:32 - 0:31:05 - Silverado (1985), directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Scott Glenn, Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, John Cleese, Brian Dennehy, Rosanna Arquette, Jeff Goldblum, Linda Hunt, James Gammon, Brion James, Joe Seneca, Jeff Fahey, Lynn Whitfield, and Richard Jenkins.

Also discussed in this section: Dreamcatcher, Pale Rider, Stephen King, Homicide, Heaven's Gate, Gene Hackman, Maverick, Lonesome Dove, Tom Selleck, Jesse Stone, Jack Reacher, Class of 1984, Parker, Jason Statham, Jim Brown, and Terrence Howard. 

  • 0:31:06 - 0:39:09 - In the Heart of the Sea (2015), directed by Ron Howard, starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Holland, and Ben Whishaw.

Also discussed in this section: Rush, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Leviathan, Russell Crowe, The Machinist, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Vanilla Sky, Moby Dick, Barry Lyndon, Transformers 2, and A Hijacking

  • 0:39:10 - 0:43:20 - Knock Knock (2015), directed by Eli Roth, starring Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, and Colleen Camp. 

Also discussed in this section: Hostel 2, John Wick, and The Green Inferno. 

  • 0:43:21 - 0:59:02 - Ant-Man (2015), directed by Peyton Reed, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, Michael Pena, T.I., Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Mackie, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, and Greg Turkington. 
  • The Punisher (1989), directed by Mark Goldblatt, starring Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr, Jeroen Krabbe, and Kim Miyori. 
  • Also discussed in this section: The Break Up, Attack the Block, Iron Man, Punisher War Zone, Aliens, Terminator, From Dusk Til Dawn, Kill BIll Vol. 1, Chuck Dixon, Circle Of Blood, Romancing the Stone, Agent Carter, Prisoners, The Wire, Mr. Show, Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean's Black Orchid, Dune, Thulsa Doom in Conan The Barbarian, David Cronenberg, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jerry Bruckheimer, Judd Apatow, Quentin Tarantino, and John Milius.
  • 0:59:03 - 1:22:59 - eXistenZ (1999), directed by David Cronenberg, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, Don McKellar, Sarah Polley, and Christopher Eccleston. 

Also discussed in this section:  28 Days Later, Bane, The Revenant, Fury Road, Collateral, Blackhat, Thor, Vacation, Miami Vice, Sean Connery, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Darby O'Gill and the Little People,  Hugh Jackman, X-Men: First Class, Layer Cake, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Dave Cockrum, Daniel Craig, Harry Potter, Simon Pegg, Keira Knightley, Godzilla Vs King Kong, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Tarzan, Samuel L Jackson, Nicholas Cage, Christoph Waltz, Coming to America, Exorcist 3, Werner Herzog, Fantastic Four, Ridiculous 6, Ted 2, Katherine Heigl, Spotlight, Zodiac, All the Presidents Men, Concussion, Pursuit of Happyness, After Earth, Seven Pounds, Bad Boys 3, Suicide Squad, Martin Lawrence, Legends, Infinite Crisis, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil.