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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!

Mar 17, 2016

On this episode, your trusty team discusses SPORTS!

0:00:00 - 2:51:16 - Sports Movie Bracket!


Caddyshack (1980), directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Sarah Holcolmb, and Brian Doyle-Murray.


Brian's Song (1971), directed by Buzz Kulik, starring James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey, and Shelley Fabares.


Victory (1981), directed by John Huston, starring Sylvester Stallone, Pele, Michael Caine, and Max Von Sydow. 


Cutting Edge (1992), directed by Paul Michael Glaser, starring DB Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Terry O'Quinn, Roy Dotrice, and the ghost dad from Field of Dreams. 


Hardball (2001), directed by Brian Robbins, starring Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, DB Sweeney, Michael B Jordan, and John Hawkes. 


Space Jam (1996), directed by Joe Pytka, starring Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Wayne Knight, Billy West, Dee Bradley Baker, Danny Devito, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson, Mugsy Bouges, Bob Bergen, June Foray, and TK Carter. 


Slap Shot (1977), directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse, Brad Sullivan, and M. Emmet Walsh.


Miracle (2004), directed by Gavin O'Connor, Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, and Noah Emmerich. 


The Longest Yard (1974), directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Bernadette Peters, and Richard Kiel.


Creed (2015), directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, and Phylicia Rashad.


White Men Can't Jump (1992), directed by Ron Shelton, starring Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Kadeem Hardison, and Alex Trebek.


Big Wednesday (1978), directed by John Milius, starring Jan Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey, and Lee Purcell. 

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Warrior (2011), directed by Gavin O'Connor, starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, and Frank Grillo.


Hoosiers (1986), directed by David Anspaugh, starring Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey. 


Bend It Like Beckham (2002), directed by Gurinder Chadha, starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Archie Panjabi, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. 


The Bad News Bears (1976), directed by Michael Ritchie, starring Walter Matthau, Vic Morrow, Tatum O'Neil, and Jackie Earle Haley. 


Undisputed III: Redemption (2002), directed by Isaac Florentine, starring Scott Adkins, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, and Mark Ivanir. 

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Happy Gilmore (1996), directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Carl Weathers, Julie Bowen, Kevin Nealon, Richard Kiel, Joe Flaherty, Bob Barker, and Ben Stiller. 


The Jericho Mile (1979), directed by Michael Mann, starring Peter Strauss, Richard Lawson, Roger E. Mosley, and Brian Dennehy. 


Cool Runnings (1993), directed by John Turtletaub, starring John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle E Lewis, and Malik Yoba.


Without Limits (1998), directed by Robert Towne, starring Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter, Jeremy Sisto, Dean Norris, and William Mapother. 


Kingpin (1996), directed by the Farrely Brothers, starring Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, and Chris Elliot. 


Shaolin Soccer (2001), directed by Stephen Chow, starring Chow, Zhao Wei, and Patrick Tse.


The Natural (1984), directed by Barry Levinson, starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, and Robert Prosky. 


Friday Night Lights (2004), directed by Peter Berg, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Lucas Black, Garret Hedlund, Tim McGraw, Jay Hernandez, and Connie Britton.

The Great White Hype (1996), directed by Reggie Hudlin, starring Samuel L Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Peter Berg, DB Sweeney, Damon Wayans, Corbin Bersen, Jon Lovitz, Cheech Marin, Jonathan Rhys Davies, and Jamie Foxx. 


Major League (1989), directed by David S Ward, starring Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Renee Russo, Bob Uecker, Charles Cyphers, and Dennis Haysbert. 


Blue Chips (1994), directed by William Friedkin, starring Nick Nolte, Shaq, Larry Bird, Mary McDonnell, JT Walsh, Ed O'Neill, Alfre Woodard, and Penny Hardaway.


Downhill Racer (1969), directed by Michael Ritchie, starring Robert Redford, and Gene Hackman.


Rocky IV (1985), directed by Sylvester Stallone, starring Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Carl Weathers, Burt Young, Talia Shire, and Bridgiette Neisen.


Rollerball (1975), directed by Norman Jewison, staring James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, Ralph Richardson, and Moses Gunn. 


Girlfight (2000), directed by Karyn Kusama, starring Michelle Rodriguez, Jamie Tirelli, and Paul Calderon.

Our interstitial and outro music this week: "Friday Night's A Great Night For Football" from The Last Boy Scout, "Sports" by Tim & Eric, "Get Right Back Where We're Coming From" by Maxine Nightingale from Slap Shot, "Hometown Hero" by Big K.R.I.T.,  and audio from the Lance Reddick interview on the Eric Andre Show.

And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. 

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 twittertumblr,letterboxd 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.