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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 15, 2014

On this episode of America's Favorite Teenage Gangsters, Tucker and Sean discuss the following:

  • 0:00:00 - 0:17:08 - Sean watched The Equalizer (2014), directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Denzel Washington, Martin Csokas, Chloe Moretz, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, and David Harbour. 

    Also discussed in this section: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Independence Day, Man on Fire, Last Action Hero, Heat, The Wicker Man, The Equalizer tv show, Straw Dogs, While You Were Sleeping, Regarding Henry, Die Hard, the Steven Hawking trailer, Daniel Day Lewis, and Career Opportunities.

  • 0:17:09 - 0:27:42 - Tucker watched While We're Young (2014), directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Horovitz, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin, and Brady Corbett. 

    Also discussed in this section: Girls, Interstellar, Frances Ha, Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale, Inside Llewyn Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and Hanna and Her Sisters

  • 0:27:43 - 0:48:48 - Both of us watched Gone Girl (2014), directed by David Fincher, starring Tyler Perry, Ben Afleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon, Casey Wilson, Missi Pyle, Kim Dickens, and Patrick Fugit. 

    Also discussed in this section: Michael Haneke, Alfred Hitchcock, Good Will Hunting, Dogma, The Town, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Panic Room, Se7en, Ben Affleck calling Bill Maher a racist, Mannix, Lolita, Joan Crawford, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Utopia, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Daniel Craig.  

  • 0:48:49- 1:02:00 - Tucker went to see a series of film clips introduced and discussed by Paul Thomas Anderson. 

    Also discussed in this section: Quentin Tarantino, Police Squad, Jackie Brown, Repo Man, North By Northwest, Blake Edwards, Alex Cox, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Jeremy Renner vs. Bradley Cooper, Hackers, Dario Argento, Terrence Malick, and trailers for Black Hat, Inherent Vice, Tak3n, and American Sniper.

  • Next Week: PERSON OF INTEREST? Followed by Spooktacular Tres.
  • Our outro music this week: "First Chase" by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, from the Halloween III soundtrack.