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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 24, 2016

  • 0:00:00 - 0:15:23 - INTROS, The People Vs. OJ Simpson, and Horace and Pete.
  • 0:15:24 - 1:27:37 - Thief (1981), directed Michael Mann, starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi, Robert Prosky, and Dennis Farina. 
  • The Keep (1983), directed by Michael Mann, starring Scott Glenn, Alberta Watson, Jurgen Pronchow, Robert Prosky, Gabriel Byrne, and Ian McKellan.
  • Manhunter (1986), directed by Michael Mann, starring William Petersen, Tom Noonan, Dennis Farina, Kim Greist, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Steven Lang, and Chris Elliot. 
  • LA Takedown (1989), directed by Michael Mann, starring Scott Plank, Alex McArthur, Michael Rooker, Xander Berkley, Daniel Baldwin, and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa. 
  • Last of the Mohicans (1992), directed by Michael Mann, starring Daniel Day Lewis, Madeline Stowe, Wes Studi, and Russel Means. 
  • Heat (1995), directed by Michael Mann, starring Robert Deniro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Diane Venora, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Mykleti Williamson, Ted Levine, Wes Studi, Tone Loc, Amy Brennerman, William Fichtner, Dennis Haysbert, Hank Azaria, Natalie Portman, Tom Noonan, Danny Trejo, Henry Rollins, Kevin Gage, Jeremy Piven, and Xander Berkley. 
  • The Insider (1999), directed by Michael Mann, starring Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Renee Olstead, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Phillip Baker Hall, Bruce McGill, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Gina Gershon, Cliff Curtis, Rip Torn, and Michael Gambon. 
  • Ali (2001), directed by Michael Mann, starring Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Ted Levine, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykleti Williamson, Giancarlo Espisito, LeVar Burton, Joe Morton, and Paul Rodriguez. 
  • Collateral (2004), directed by Michael Mann, starring Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, Richard T Jones, Javier Bardem, and Jason Statham.  
  • Miami Vice (2006), directed by Michael Mann, starring Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Dominick Lambardozzi, Justin Theroux, Barry Shabaka Henly, Gong Li, Luis Toscar, John Ortiz, Ciaran Hinds, Isaac De Bankole, John Hawkes, Tom Towles, and Eddie Marsan. 
  • Public Enemies (2009), directed by Michael Mann, starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cottilard, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Stephen Lang, Channing Tatum, Stephen Graham, James Russo, Carey Mulligan, Leelee Sobieski, Lilli Taylor, and Jason Clarke. 
  • Blackhat (2015), directed by Michael Mann, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Leehom Wang, William Mapother, and John Ortiz.  
  • Next Week: Hail Caesar.
  • Our outro music this week: "Force Marker" by Brian Eno. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. This week with Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight". 
  • 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.