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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!

Dec 15, 2014

Before we start this week, we're going to point you to another podcast. Former guest on this show (in the most recent Halloween special) Sarah Horrocks has joined up with Katie Skelly for The Trash Twins. In the first episode they discuss Valley of the Dolls, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and Helter Skelter. If you like Travis Bickle on the Riviera, you will enjoy theirs, in fact if you don't like this show and want to hear something smarter, you will love theirs. It's as far away from two nerdy dudes talking about the same stuff as every other podcast as you could get. Sean is doing some editing on the show, but don't let that stop you. Please check it out

  • 0:00:00 - 0:13:16 - Tucker saw Inherent Vice (2014), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring everyone you've ever liked in a movie. 

    Also discussed in this section: The Wire, The Shield, Person of Interest, Max Payne, Speed Racer, Exodus, Passion of the Christ, Hostel 2, Martyrs, Come and See, The Gambler, San Andreas, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Timothy Olyphant, Boogie Nights, The Royal Tenenbaums, Welcome to Mooseport, King of Queens, Men in Black 3, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, Workaholics, There Will Be Blood, The Master, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, and The Long Goodbye

  • 0:13:17 - 0:20:39 - Tucker saw Foxcatcher (2014), directed by Bennet Miller, starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffallo. 

    Also discussed in this section: Eddie Izzard, Up In the Air, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Moneyball.

  • 0:20:40 - 0:27:43 - Sean watched Tusk (2014), directed by Kevin Smith, starring Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Johnny Depp. 

    Also discussed in this section: Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Twin Peaks, Red State, Jan Michael Vincent, Dead Man, Crybaby, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Spoils of Babylon, Troll 2, Death Bed, Shocking Dark, and Passion Cove. 

  • 0:27:44 - 0:39:53 - Both Tucker and Sean saw Nightcrawler (2014), directed by Dan Gilroy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed. 

    Also discussed in this section: Spider-Man 2, Four Lions, Lethal Weapon 3, The Bourne Legacy, the Terminator 5 trailer, Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, Batwing, Pain & Gain, Taxi Driver, and Paul Schrader. 

  • 0:39:54 - 1:01:08 - And finally, both Tucker and Sean saw Fury (2014), directed by David Ayer, starring Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, and Shia Labouef. 

    Also discussed in this section: Sabotage, Nymphomaniac, Transformers 3, Bill Cosby, Holes, Doris Day, Barry Pepper, Event Horizon, Armageddon, Garth Ennis, John Woo, Kelly's Heroes, Zero Dark Thirty, Blackhawk Down, Brotherhood, Jackie Brown, The Eric Andre Show, and Eric Andre on The Soup

  • Next Week: Morgan Jeske and new Miike.
  • Our outro music this week: "He's Still Alive/Romero" by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth from Escape From New YorkAnd our intro, as always is from Escape From New York. Double up.