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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!

Jan 29, 2016

  • 0:00:00 - 0:42:58 - 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016), directed by Michael Bay, starring James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumasa, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, and Alexa Barlier. 
Also discussed in this section: Miami ViceTucker's original review of Miami Vice, Collateral, Black Hawk Down, Lords of Salem, Ridley Scott, Pain & Gain, Green Zone, Dirrty Harry, The Wire, Captain Phillips, Zero Dark Thirty,  Steven Soderbergh, Dion Beebe, Act of Valor, Need For Speed, Orange Is the New Black, Blackhat, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, American Sniper, Lone Survivor, Shooter, Armageddon, Assault on Precinct 13, Zulu, The Alamo, The Coen Brothers, Transformers 4, The Rock, Pearl Harbor, 1941, Twisted Metal, Malice, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, Glengarry Glen Ross, Sicario, Pacific Rim, Black Sails, You're Next, the Drive-By Truckers, Quantum of Solace, Heat, The Island, Kathryn Bigelow, Tony Scott, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Born on the Fourth of July, Rain Man, Total Recall, and Natural Born Killers. 
  • 0:42:59 - 0:49:56 - 7 Man Army (1976), directed by Chang Cheh, starring Ti Lung, David Chiang, Kau Tai Chen, and Sheng Fu. 
Wolf Warrior (2015), directed by Wu Jing, starring Wu Jing, Scott Adkins, Yu Nan, and Ni Dahong. 
Also discussed in this section: Red Cliff, John Woo, Andrei Tarkovsky, Vengeance, Johnnie To, Defiance, Jan Michael Vincent. 
  • 0:49:57 - 0:54:33 - Body & Soul (1925), directed by Oscar Micheaux, starring Paul Robeson, Mercedes Gilbert, Julia Theresa Russell. 
Also discussed in this section: Charles Burnett and Killer of Sheep
    0:54:34 - 1:16:52 - Coonskin (1975), directed by Ralph Bakshi, starring Scatman Crothers, Phillip Michael Thomas, Barry White, and Charles Gordone. 
Also discussed in this section: Taxi Driver, Heavy Traffic, Al Sharpton, The Godfather, Wizards, Fritz the Cat, George Herriman, Krazy Kat, Fukitor, Black Caesar, Let's Do It Again, Song of the South, Steven Spielberg, Vaughn Bode, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Mr. Freedom, Putney Swope, Charlie Brown, and Irreversible.

  • 1:16:53 - 1:41:39 - The Intern (2015), directed by Nancy Meyers, starring Robert Deniro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, and Zack Perlman. 
Also discussed in this section: The Parent Trap, The Devil Wears Prada, Avatar, Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Baxter, The Queen, Elizabeth, The Iron Lady, Julie & Julia, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, The Bridges of Madison County, Sam Elliot. Glen Close, Damages, Roadhouse, and Alice. 
  • 1:41:40 - 1:45:45 - We are extremely happy to feature another episode of Deacon's Corner with David Brothers, the world's longest running Blade fancast. We are proud to be re-running a month of episodes here on Travis Bickle. Only one episode left!
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  • Next Week: The Man Who Fell To Earth.
  •  Our outro music this week: "Bombers" by David Bowie. And our intro, as always, is from Escape From New York. This week combined with David Bowie's "All Saints". The interstitial music is "Delia's Dream" by Delia Derbyshire.