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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 6, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:18:27 - Sean watched Jeremiah Johnson (1972), directed by Sydney Pollack, written by John Milius, starring Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, and Stefan Geirasch. 

Also discussed in this section: The Paul Reiser Show, christian movies, Terrence Nance on Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, Richard Brody's current run of criticism, Godard, Pixar, Magic Mike XXL, Christian Nyby, Armond White, Sam Peckinpah, Clint Eastwood, Apocalypse Now, Navajo Joe, George Clooney, From Dusk Til Dawn, The Peacemaker, Syriana, Robert Deniro, Christian Bale, Tropic Thunder, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • 0:18:27 - 0:34:28 - Tucker watched G.I. Jane (1997), directed by Ridley Scott, starring Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Jim Caviezel, Anne Bancroft, Morris Chesnutt, and John Michael Higgins. 

Also discussed in this section: The Rock, Gladiator, White Squall, 1492: The Conquest of Paradise, the 1984 Apple commercial, Armageddon, Quentin Tarantino, Casualties Of War, Oliver Reed, Basic, The Counselor, Prometheus, Alien, Top Gun, Breaking Bad, this Grantland article on Ridley ScottBlackhawk Down, and A Hijacking

  • 0:34:28 - 1:03:34 - Tucker watched The Last Samurai (2003), directed by Ed Zwick, starring Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Tony Goldwyn, William Atherton, Billy Connoly, and Masato Harada. 

Also discussed in this section: Jack Reacher, Mission Impossible, Eyes Wide Shut, The Others, To Die ForIn a Stranger's Eyes, Daniel Craig, The Invasion, Enduring Love, Notting Hill, Glory, Legends of the Fall, Blood Diamond, Courage Under Fire, In The Cut, Bobby Fischer, Pawn Sacrifice, Spoils of Babylon, Brian K Vaughn, The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood, Starship Troopers, William Tecumseh Sherman, The Siege, Transformers 4, Ichi the Killer, Avatar, Dances With Wolves, The Town, Moonrise Kingdom, and Lethal Weapon 2. 

  • 1:03:35 - 1:05:37 - Sean watched Exiled (2006), directed by Johnnie To, starring Nick Cheung, Anthony Wong, Simon Yang, Francis Ng, Suet Lam, and Josie Ho. 

Also discussed in this section: Drug War, Sergio Leone, and Stand Up Guys.

Also discussed in this section: Southpaw, Warrior, Mr. T, Rocky 4, Red Dawn, White House Down, Batman Begins, Scanners 2, Hannibal, Franco Nero, Touching The Void, A Civil Action, All the President's Men, The Oxbow Incident, Erin Brockovich, The Substitute, 187, and Fruitvale Station.