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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!

Apr 16, 2014

  • 0:00:00 - 0:12:13 - Tucker saw The Raid 2: Berandal (2014), directed by Gareth Huw Evans, starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruihan, AND THE FACE OF GOD. Also discussed in this section: Drop Dead Diva, Al Jazeera America's reality tv programming, Walter Hill, John Carpenter, John Woo, Martin Scorsese, Casino, The Departed, Public Enemies, Old Boy, Django Unchained, Batman, and The Punisher.
  • 0:12:14 - 25:24 - Sean watched The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), directed by Wes Anderson, starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Soarise Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Almaric, Harvey Kietel, Bill Murray, Lea Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Fischer Stevens, Bob Balaban, and future James Bond Waris Ahwulia. Also discussed in this section: Torn Curtain, Schindler's List, Europa, Inglorious Basterds, Black Book, To Be Or Not To Be, The Producers, Fantastic Mr Fox, aspect ratio jokes, the Transformers: One Day As A Lion trailer, Power Girl, Russ Myer, the D-Day invasion, and a forthcoming fan-edit of our special favorite Quantum of Solace.
  • 0:25:24 - 43:46 - Tucker watched Captain America 2: I Know Who Killed Me (2014), directed by Anthony & Joe Russo, starring Frank Grillo, Chris Evans, Robert Redford, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, and Jenny Agutter. Also discussed in this section: Under The Skin, Three Days of the Condor, Skyfall, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Hurt Locker, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Arrested Development, Community, Six Feet Under, the Nolan Batman movies, Man of Steel, Sunshine, Kobe Bryant, this Jonathan Glazer Levis commercial, Ed Brubaker, Geoff Johns, and I, Frankenstein.
  • 0:43:47 - 1:02:59 - Finally, both of us saw Noah (2014), directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Frank Langella, Nick Nolte, Logan Lerman, and Anthony Hopkins. Also discussed in this section: Frailty, Zardoz, Black Swan, The Lion King, Dragon Ball Z, Repo Man, Zu Warriors from Magic Mountain, and The Neverending Story.