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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 29, 2015

0:00:00 - 0:21:046 - This week, Sean is joined by returning champion David Brothers, the Ryan Seacrest of Image Comics, to discuss the following films: 

Police Story Lockdown (2013), directed by Ding Sheng, starring Jackie Chan, Liu Ye, Jiang Tian, and Yin Tao; and Police Story (1985), directed by Jackie Chan, starring Chan, Brigette Lin, Maggie Cheung, Chor Yuen, and Charlie Cho. 

Also discussed in this section: Jet Li, Legend of Drunken Master, Rumble in the Box, Drug War, Crime Story, Supercop, Universal Soldier films, Call of Duty, Brian De Palma, Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America, First Strike, Special I.D., Rashamon, Live Free or Die Hard, Die Hard With a Vengeance, The Girl Next Door, Taken, Sylvester Stallone, Rambo 4, Escape From L.A., Nonstop, Ringo Lam, Burn Hollywood Burn, Fist of Fury, Chinese Connection, Prison on Fire, In Hell, Shanghai Knights, Donnie Yen, Chris Ready's Jackie Chan In The 80s seriesDirty Harry, Thunderbolt, The Protector, The Exterminator, the Punisher, Brian Dennehy, and Death Wish

0:21:47 - 0:39:24 - Run All Night (2015), directed by Juame Collet-Serra, starring Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D'onofrio, Bruce McGill, Common, and Nick Nolte. 

Also discussed in this section: A Walk Among the Tombstones, Red Harvest, Vikings, Game of Thrones, Nas, the Robocop remake, Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling, The Drop, Jurassic Park, Killing Them Softly, Smokin Races, Lucky Number Slevin, Daniel Craig, Person of Interest, Attack the Block, Taxi Driver, The Warriors, Michael Ironsides, Revolver, Payback, this MUBI article on Neeson/SerraSucker Punch, and Method Man.

0:39:25 - 0:53:52 - The Long Riders (1980), directed by Walter Hill, starring James & Stacy Keach, Robert, Keith, & David Carradine, Randy & Dennis Quaid, and Christopher & Nicholas Guest, Pamela Reed, and James Remar. 

Also discussed in this section: The Wild Bunch, From Shane To Kill Bill by Patrick McGee, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Gone Baby Gone, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, Deadwood, Brewster's Millions, Supernova, the Wright Brothers, Kung Fu, Southern Comfort, Dead Presidents, Parks & Recreation, John Milius, Kindergarten Cop, Heaven's Gate, Fleetwood Mac, 3: 10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, Justified, Nashville, 52 Pickup, and The French Connection.

0:53:53 - 1:04:02 - The Getaway (1972), directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers, Al Littieri, Bo Hopkins, and Slim Pickins. 

Also discussed in this section: Bullit, John Milius, Point Blank, Akira Kurosawa, John Woo, Enzo G. Castellari, What's Up Doc?, Peter Bogdonavich, Polly Platt, Candice Bergen, Robert Mitchum, and Star Wars.

1:04:02 - 1:25:22 - Mortal Kombat (1995), directed by Paul WS Anderson, starring Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, and Talisa Soto. 

Also discussed in this section: Street Fighter, Event Horizon, the Resident Evil series, Russel Mulcahy, DOA, Dead or Alive, Subway, Highlander, Bloodsport, Steven Seagal, Sin City 1 & 2, Lila & Eve, Everly, Fast & The Furious 5, Samuel Fuller, Alien vs Predator, Kill Bill, Nymphomaniac, My Super Ex Girlfriend, Lucy, The Brave One, Takashi Miike, Eli Roth, Under The Skin, Akira, Powder, Charlize Theron, Neil Degrasse Tyson, The Devil's Advocate, and Hayao Miyazaki. 

Next Week: A podcast!