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!
0:18:57 - Certified
Copy (2010), directed by Abbas Kiarostami,
starring Juliet Binoche & William Shimmell.
Also discussed in this section: The Report, Crimes of
the Future, Stereo, The Brood, Spectre, Hard Ball, Kevin
Costner, Before Sunrise, Let the Right One In,
Zatoichi, Masters of Cinema, Dario Argento, Arrow video,
Blue Underground, Johnnie To, Body Beast, PiYo, and Gal
0:18:58 - 0:38:08
directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester
Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, and THE
VOICE OF LIEV SCHRIEBER.
Also discussed in this
section: Rocky 1-6, Seven Days In
Hell, Luis Bunuel, 30 for 30
4, Concussion, Hateful 8,
Christopher Morse, Albert Brooks, Andrew
Bujalski on Rocky, Truffaut's Antoine
Doinel series, Fantastic Four, Friday Night Lights,
Fast & Furious 7, Daniel Day Lewis, and Miles Teller.
0:38:09 - 1:21:22 - SPORTS
BRACKET PART ONE: Boxing/Fighting movies! We start our
sports bracket Movies covered: Girlfight, The Set Up,
Raging Bull, , Million Dollar Baby, Fighting, Kickboxer, Best of
the Best 1-3, Rocky 2-4, Warrior, Triumph of the Spirit,
Undisputed, Undisputed III: Redemption, Boyka: Undisputed, Ali, The
Hurricane, Hard Times, Play It To the Bone, Great White Hype,
Sanshiro Sugata, The Boxer, Cinderella Man, Karate Kid 1-4 ,In
Hell, Far & Away, Gladiator, Gymkata, Only the Strong,
and Vision Quest.
Also discussed in this section: Tin Cup, Steel Helmet,
Field of Dreams, Major League, Miami Vice, Blackhat, Martin
Scorsese, Bobby Deerfield, Blue Chips, Seven, Beverly
Hills Cop, Bull Durham, Ron Shelton, Money
Train, White Men Can't Jump, Joseph
Ruben, Sleeping With the Enemy, The Forgotten, Good Son,
The Stepfather, Jennifer's Body, Tom Cruise, John
Carpenter, U Talking U2 2 Me, Aziz
Ansari, The Next Iron Chef, Solo, Soldier, Legends of the
Dark Knight, "How Do You Talk To An
Angel", Without Limits, Idris Elba, Shaolin
Soccer, Varsity Blues, Any Given Sunday, and Rocky
Next Week: Diary of a Teenage
Our outro music this week: "How Do You Talk To
An Angel" by The Heights from 90210. 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
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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.