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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!

Apr 29, 2014

  • 0:00:00 - 0:05:05 -INTROS. To start this week off Tucker Stone and Sean Witzke talk about Person of Interest, Inside Amy Schumer, and Joel McHale on Billy on the Street.
  • 0:05:06 - 0:23:02 - Sean finally saw THE RAID 2: BERENDAL (2014), directed by Gareth Evans, starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruihan, AND THE FACE OF GOD (we talk about the movie twice I use the stupid line twice). In this section we also discuss: Captain America 2: Jason Goes To Hell, Caddy Shack, Suspiria, Thor 2, Batman Begins, John Favreau, Kenneth Branagh, Joss Whedon, El Mariachi, the Bourne films, John Hyams, Neveldine/Taylor, They Live, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, Alien, and Aliens.
  • 0:23:03 - 0:33:41 - HOMEWORK - Tucker assigned Sean The Last Stand (2013), directed by Kim Jee Woon, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Forrest Whittaker, Harry Dean Stanton, Jaime Alexander, Luis Guzman, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, and Peter Stormare. Also discussed in this section: Robert Rodriguez, Bourne,The Good, The Bad, & The Weird, Ivan Reitman, James Cameron, Commando, and The Last King of Scotland.
  • 0:33:42  - 0:41:45 - Sean watched Cannibal Holocaust (1980), directed by Ruggero Deodato, starring Robert Kerman, Gabriel Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, and Luca Barbareschi. Also discussed in this section: Come and See,the Miami Vice inspired by it, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer, Ichi the Killer, Snowtown, the trailer for The Rover, Cosmopolis, Animal Kingdom, Memento, Hard to Kill, and Jim Lee in the 80s.
  • 0:41:46 - 0:54:06 - HOMEWORK - Sean assigned Tucker to watch The Duellists (1977), directed by Ridley Scott, starring Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Christina Raines, and Diana Quick. Also discussed in this section: Muppet Most Wanted, Unlawful Entry, Barrry Lyndon, Cannes, Alien, Predator, Unstoppable, Unbreakable, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Signs, The Happening, and The Village.
  • 0:54:07 - 0:59:59 - Sean watched Matchstick Men (2003), directed by Ridley Scott, starring Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Melora Waters, and Bruce McGill. Also discussed in this section: Paul Thomas Anderson, White Oleander, The Sting, con men movies, Orson Welles, Terror Train, The Insider, My Cousin Vinny, Austin Pendelton, and racist character actors on The Cosby Show.
  • 1:00:00 - 1:14:14 - And finally Sean watched both Hostel (2005) directed by Eli Roth, starring Jay Hernandez and one minute of Takashi Miike; and Hostel 2 (2007), also by Roth and starring Lauren German and about two minutes of Ruggero Deodato. Also discussed in this section: Seven, The Green Inferno, Cannibal Holocaust, Saw, Inside, Irreversible, Lucio Fulci, The Raid 2, Come and See, Ichi the Killer, Tarantino, Darius Khondji, Prime Suspect, Silence of the Lambs, Transendence, Christopher Doyle, Gamer, Denzel, Bridesmaids, Tilda Swinton, Glenn Close, and our ideas for Garfield 3.
  • HOMEWORK FOR NEXT WEEK:  Public Enemies and Coriolanus.