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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!

Feb 2, 2015

  • 0:00:00 - 0:33:27 - Tucker saw a 35mm screen of Manhunter with an interview with Tom Noonan (1986), dir. Michael Mann, starring William Petersen, Tom Noonan, Kim Griest, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Dennis Farina, and Stephen Lang. 

    Also discussed in this section: Heat, Thief, The Keep, Brett Ratner, Paul Thomas Anderson.

  • 0:33:28 - 0:35:36 - Sean watched Rogue (2007), directed by Greg McLean, starring Sam Worthington as a redneck and a cgi Allligator. Also thinks it's really funny to switch up crocodile and alligator.

    Also discussed in this section: Wolf Creek, Walton Goggins, Sabotage, and Crossfit. 

  • 0:35:37 - 0:56:01 - We finally caught up with Person of Interest season 4 1-12, created by Jonathan Nolan. 

    Also discussed in this section: Batman, Spider-Man, Punisher, Daredevil, Domino, the X-Men, Rhys Chatham, Mad Max, Person of Interest, The Wire, True Detective, Sarah Connor Chronicles, 24, The Lone Gunmen, End of Watch, and John Le Carre.

  • 0:56:02 - 1:29:29 - Both Sean and Tucker watched Blackhat (2014), dir. Michael Mann, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Ritchie Coster, Holt McAllany, Leehom Wang, John Ortiz, and WIlliam Mapother.

    Also discussed in this section: Boarding Gate, Tony Scott, Thief, Heat, Jericho Mile, Collateral, The Keep, David Cronenberg, Public Enemies, Hackers, Miami Vice, Thor, Cabin in the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Frank Darabont, Red Dawn, and Drug War

  • Next Week: Taken 3 maybe?
  • Our outro music this week: "Graham's Theme" by Michael Rubini from Manhunter. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York.
  • The Paul Will Reiser Again.