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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!

May 6, 2014

This week on Travis Bickle on the Riviera, Sean Witzke is joined by Morgan "Risky Business" Jeske to discuss the following films:

  • 0:00:00 - 0:13:19 - HOMEWORK - Morgan assigned Sean to watch Snowpiercer (2013), directed by Bong Joon Ho, starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Allison Pill, Song Kang-Ho, Go Ah-Sung, Octavia Spencer, and Jamie Bell. Also discussed in this section: Terry Gilliam, Luc Besson, and The Host.
  • 0:13:19 - 0:26:55 - HOMEWORK - Sean assigned Morgan to watch Inside (2007), directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, starring Beatrice Dalle and Alysson Paradis. Also discussed in this section: New French Extremity, You're Next, the Shining, "torture porn" as a genre.
  • 0:26:56 - 0:44:42 - Morgan and Sean both watched Psycho 2 (1983), directed by Richard Franklin, starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Robert Loggia, Meg Tilly, and Dennis Franz. Also discussed in this section: Psycho, Psycho 3, Psycho 4, Body Double, John Carpenter, John Milius, George Lucas, and Hitchcock.
  • 0:44:43 - 0:52:37 - Morgan watched Enemy (2014), directed by Dennis Villeneuve, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, and Melanie Laurent. Also discussed in this section:David Cronenberg, what "art film" means (nothing).
  • 0:52:38 - 1:02:44 - Morgan watched Only Lovers Left Alive (2014), directed by Jim Jarmusch, starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, and Jeffrey Wright. Also discussed in this section: other Jarmusch films.
  • 1:02:45 - 1:10:39 - Morgan watched Basic Instinct (1992), directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Joe Eszterhas, starring Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, James Rebhorn, and Wayne Knight.Also discussed in this section: Unfaithful, Disclosure, Fatal Attraction, Hitchcock, Showgirls, and deleted lesbian intrigue.
  • 1:10:40 - 1:25:54  - Finally, we talk about the trailer for David Fincher's new movie Gone, Girl