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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 17, 2021

This week, we're talking about Bob Odendirk's Nobody, whether there are enough bats in Arizona for dracula to have friends, and then it's time for Guy Pearce-ing it: The Rover, Ravenous & The Time Machine. Celia makes a claim for blankness, will Tucker recover? Whose side will Morgan take? What about bubblegum...


May 9, 2021

Tucker and Celia were reeling from their second shots, but the coursing power of vaccination juice worked upon them much as the juice of Street Fighter's Dhalsim used medication to create Blanka. Who knew? But no, it's Mortal Kombat time. All of the live action Mortal Kombat movies get covered, but not television shit....


Apr 26, 2021

This week, Celia reports back on Concrete Cowboys, and the rest of us respond by saying: message received! Then it's time to get down to the meat of the PaxCast: One False Move, A Simple Plan & Frailty. Does Billy Bob Thornton steal the show a bit? He sure does!


Apr 13, 2021

It's an old timey round-up-cast, with Tucker, Morgan & Celia running the boards: Godzilla Vs. Kong & Bad Trip get some attention, but so does Roberto Rossellini and his neorealism, a metric ton of James Spader movies that Celia used as mood altering substances in her travels across the country, and a bit of riffing on...


Mar 25, 2021

This week, it's Tucker & Celia with a chill out session on Judas & The Black Messiah, Sorry To Bother You, The Gate, a funeral Tucker went to, the question of psy ops and taking moral lessons from Mortal Kombat. There's more than that. There's a lot!