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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!

Nov 25, 2014

On this episode, Tucker and Sean get together to talk about THE REAL.

  • :00:00 - 0:19:51 - Both Tucker and Sean saw Interstellar (2014), directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, John Lithgow (IN THE SAME MOVIE, IN THE SAME FUCKING SCENE), Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, David Oyelowo, Collette Wolfe, Topher Grace, and William Devane.   Also discussed in this section: Ranking the Nolans, Black Hole, Event Horizon, Gravity, Mission to Mars, Terrence Malick, George Washington, Kill Bill, Public Enemies, The Prestige, Michael Bay, Brett Ratner, The Talented Mr. Ripley, the Lincoln commercial, Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, The Lovely Bones, The Fifth Element, David Denby, Iron Man 3, and Paths of Glory.
  • 0:19:52 - 0:33:02 - Tucker watched Hunger Games 2 (2013), directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the kid from Detention, Donald Sutherland, Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Jena Malone, and Stanley Tucci. 

    Also discussed in this section: the other Hunger Gameses, Escape From New York, American Hustle, Winter's Bone, Mission Impossible 3, Orphan, Inherent Vice, True Lies, Transformers 4, Jaws, and Steven Soderbergh.

  • 0:33:03 - 0:37:26 - Sean watched Blue Steel (1989), directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancey Brown, Louise Fletcher, Elizabeth Pena, Richard Jenkins, and Tom Sizemore. 

    Also discussed in this section: K-19: The Widowmaker, Timecop, Michael Haneke, Beat Takeshi, Halloween 2

  • 0:37:26 - 52:03 - Tucker saw Whiplash (2014), directed by Damien Chazelle, starring Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser, and April Grace. 

    Also discussed in this section: Dumb & Dumber To, Magnolia, Easy Riders Raging Bulls, 30 for 30: Bad Boys, Listen Up Phillip, Impolex, The Comedy, Adam Wigard, Joe Swanberg, and Delocated

  • 0:52:04 - 1:05:50 - Tucker watched Fargo (1996), directed by Joel & Ethan Coen, starring Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Peter Stormare, and John Carrol Lynch 

    Also discussed in this section: Resevoir Dogs, This Is A True Story, Fury, Aliens, The Simpsons, Foxcatcher, Evan Almighty, Noah, Warrior, Daniel Day Lewis, Deerhunter, and Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats. 

  • Next Week: Fury Nightcrawler. 
  • Our outro music this week: "Under Your Spell" by Desire from Drive. And our intro, as always is from Escape From New York.