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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!

Sep 28, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:16:07 - Tucker watched War (2007), directed by Phillip Atwell, starring Jason Statham, Jet Li, Sung Kang, Terry Chen, John Lone, Nadine Velasquez, and Devon Aoki. 

Also discussed in this section: Art of War, Rising Sun, Black Mask, Bronson, Only God Forgives, the Pusher trilogy, Paul WS Anderson's Three Musketeers, Wolfgang Petersen, Gerald McRainey, In the Heart of the Sea, Willow, Val Kilmer, Hal Holbrook, George Lucas, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Ghost and the Darkness, Mark Twain, Johnny Depp, perfume ads, Matchstick Men, Blade, Robert Downey Sr., Lethal Weapon 4, The Bank Job, Fast & The Furious, The Replacement Killers, Casino Royale, Conan O'Brien, and The Big Hit

  • 0:16:08 - 0:27:42 - Sean watched Cross of Iron (1977), directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring James Coburn, David Warner, Maximillian Schell, James Mason, Santa Berger, and Klaus Lowitch. 

Also discussed in this section: Convoy, The Osterman Weekend, Slow Fade, Enzo G. Castellari, Any Gun Can Play, Come and See, The Great Escape, The Omen, Garth Ennis, Quentin Tarantino, Shigeru Mizuki, The Wild Bunch, Richard Burton, The Inglorious Bastards, the sequel Breakthrough, Blackadder Goes Forth, Peter Sellers, The Black Hole, The Martian, Event Horizon, and Hellraiser. 

  • 0:27:43 - 0:48:09 - Tucker watched Coriolanus (2011), directed by Ralph Feinnes, starring Feinnes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, and Jessica Chastain. 

Also discussed in this section: The Invisible Woman, 10 Things I Hate About You, Throne of Blood, Ran, The Bad Sleep Well, Richard the 3rd (both the Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellan versions), Lord of the Rings, the X-Men movies, Roman Polanski's Macbeth, the Ethan Hawke version of Hamlet, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Titus, Anthony Hopkins, Much Ado About Nothing, the 13th Floor, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Swans, the upcoming Macbeth, Ridley Scott, Looking For Richard, David Oyelowo, The Keep, Patrick Stewart, American Dad, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Star Trek, David Lynch's Dune, William Hurt, Once Upon A Time in America, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dolph Lundgren, Daniel Craig, Rihanna, Clickhole, and 30 Rock.

  • 0:48:10 - 1:06:16 - Sean watched Down Terrace (2009), directed by Ben Wheatley, starring Robert and Robin Hill, Julia Deakin, David Schaal, Tony Way, and Michael Smiley. 

Also discussed in this section: Kill List, The Professional, Road To Perdition, Jude Law, A.I., Tombstone, Posse, Ben Affleck, Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Walton Goggins, The Apostle, Leap Of Faith (it's not Theresa Russell in Leap of Faith, as said on the show, it's Lolita Davidovich), Spider, Braveheart, Apocalypto, Fury Road, Angst, The Raid, Collateral, Booty Call, Edmond, Stuart Gordon, The Last Castle, David Mamet, Ronin, Redbelt, Frank Oz, Rod Lurie, the Straw Dogs remake, Rod Taylor, Rip Taylor, Jackass 2, Richard Scarry, Tony Little, The Player, Strikeback, The Knick, Blind Spot, Rhona Mitra, Soderbergh's edit of Blow Up, Lindsay Anderson, and Richard Simmons.