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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!

Jun 16, 2014

  • 0:00:00 - 0:18:08 - This week, Tucker Stone and Sean Witzke we're doing a special on the Saga of Tucker's recent movie viewing. Normally we're all over the place, this week, we're telling a story. It's like a Neil Diamond song. Just stay with us. We'll take care of you...

    We start off with Edge of Tomorrow (2014), directed by Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton. Also discussed in this section: Go, Jumper, Groundhog Day, Top Gun, Django Unchained, Old Boy, The Bourne Identity, Amazing Spider-Man, Swingers, Mr. and Ms. Smith, Aliens, and found footage movies. 

  • 0:18:09 - 0:22:59 - Next up Tucker saw, for the first time, Conan the Barbarian (1982), directed by John Milius, script by Milius and Oliver Stone, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandhal Bergman, James Earl Jones, Mako, Max Von Sydow, giant bodybuilder dudes, and a surfer dude. Also discussed in this section: Conan the Destroyer, Red Sonja, that new X-Men movie, and the differences between special effects between 1982 and now. 
  • 0:23:00 - 0:41:22 - After that, Tucker watched Lincoln Lawyer (2011), directed by Brad Furman, starring Matthew McConnaughey, Ryan Phillipe, Marisa Tomei, Josh Lucas, William H Macy, Bryan Cranston, Michael Pena. Also discussed in this section: Runaway Jury, Devil's Advocate, Ashley Judd movies, The Rainmaker, Wild Things, Hero, Kalifornia, Swordfish, Law & Order, True Detective, Land Boogie Nights. The one great ambulancer chaser movie we forgot is Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie, but technically that's a con man movie. Or at least that's our excuse for forgetting it. 
  • 0:41:23 - 0:48:42 - Tucker then made the decision to salve this movie onto his eyeballs: Knight and Day (2010), directed by James Mangold, starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgard, probably somone else. Also discussed in this section: the Charlie's Angels movies, Bad Teacher, Being John Malkovich, and Gangs of New York. 
  • 0:48:42 - 0:55:05 - Then, Tucker went to see a movie in a theater. It was Goodbye Dragon Inn (2003), directed by Tsai Ming-Liang, starring Lee-Kang Sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, and Mitamura Kiyonobu. Also discussed in this section: Tarkovsky, King Hu, The White Ribbon, Cannes, Only God Forgives
  • 0:55:06 - 1:09:32 - Finally, Tucker went and saw a 2014 movie that very same night! It was The Rover (2014), directed by David Michod, starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, and Scott McNairy. Also discussed in this section: Animal Kingdom and Snowtown. And in the middle of this discussion, just to to close out right, we talk briefly about the trailers for Olvier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, as well as Karina Longworth's fantastic new movie podcast You Must Remember This, all of which you should check out immediately if you haven't already. Wait, there's another movie podcast? 
  • NEXT WEEK: Two Guys, A Girl, and a Movie Podcast?
  • OUR OUTRO MUSIC THIS WEEK: Phil Collins & Sting - "Long Way To Go" from MIAMI VICE.
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