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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 1, 2021

Bring It On: and no, we're not just referring to this week's double feature of melancholy streaming critical populist tales featuring 80s Korean family farms and widows cruising the badlands. We're also referring to the cheerleading classic, featuring the triple threat of Union, Dunst & Dushku. Is that all? NO. There's...


Feb 22, 2021

This time around, we're talking about The Little Things, The Kid Detective and The Last Champion. So many movies featuring the word "The" at the beginning. We also have a swing-by guest who chats us up about WandaVision for a bit. Get some!

 


Feb 14, 2021

This time around, we're watching your favorite streaming programs, I guess? One Night In Miami, The White Tiger & Another Round. At the close, Nina shows up so that Tucker can recap A Hidden Life, an extremely good Terence Malick movie that I guess people didn't like that much? It's good!


Feb 1, 2021

This week, we're catching up with Carey Mulligan's adventure outside of period dramas, Promising Young Woman. Then, it's project time: three people, three Jamie Foxx movies, three people who blew it. We blew it, guys! None of these are gonna knock Collateral or Vice out of the top Foxx spot! They include Stealth, which...


Jan 28, 2021

We got together with an exacting series of math equations to determine our Top Ten Movies of 2020 while on the air, and then we figured out our bottom five as well. LISTEN to Celia's disgust with Tucker's support for Tenet, MARVEL at Morgan's attempt to rank a music documentary, PONDER all the other Udo Kier movies...