I’ve been using this site as a mirror for my tumblr for the past year or so, and keep forgetting to update it. I am pretty sure no one is reading this anymore but just in case — if you want to keep up with me and writing/podcasts I’ve done in various places, I’m on tumblr and twitter.

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Travis Bickle on the Riviera #102 – Anything Goes: Spielberg ’79-’84

Here’s a story about a time when the world’s most prominent filmmaker fails for the first time, goes to war with the DGA, forces the hand of the MPAA, builds a franchise, makes the biggest film on the planet, reinvents the action movie, and quits writing for decades.

I did an episode of Travis Bickle on the Riviera about the most interesting 5 years in Stephen Spielberg’s life, it’s called Anything Goes: Spielberg ‘79-‘84check it out. I promise to never do a solo episode ever again.

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Travis Bickle on the Riviera 101 – A Joe McCulloch Tour of Indian Film 2014

This week on Travis Bickle on the Riviera, the only movie podcast in the world: Do you know anything about the massive Indian film industry? Well Joe McCulloch ( snubpollard on tumblr) does, and he’s here to tell you about it. This episode was originally intended to be a segment on last week’s year end special, but Joe went above and beyond on the episode and in the incredibly in depth show notes over @ TFO. CHECK IT OUT.

You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss. For a quick look at who has been on the show before and what movies have been discussed in each episode, look at our one-page episode guide. You can follow the show on twittertumblr, and facebook. If you like this show, check out Tucker’s other podcast with Joe McCulloch, Chris Mautner, and Matt Seneca, Comic Books Are Burning In Hell (located at this very website and here); and Sarah Horrocks and Katie Skelly’s Trash Twins (located here and here).

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Travis Bickle on the Riviera ONE HUNDRED

Tucker Stone and Sean Witzke talking movies. There’s 100 episodes of this shit. We’re up for syndication. Travis Bickle on the Riviera, the only movie podcast in the world, turns 100 today. It’s a celebration of life, film, friendship, and Morgan Jeske*. We talk about our favorite films of 2014, and so much more. Check it out, won’t you?

*As seen in the bottom image. I will keep posting this picture until he asks me to stop.

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Michael Mann

Chris Ryan and I wrote about Michael Mann and his movies from Heat to Public Enemies over at Grantland. Check it out. 

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Starred Up / ’71 Jack O’Connell’s 2014

I wrote about Jack O’Connell and his brutal double feature in 2014: the prison film Starred Up and the survival film ‘71, over at Grantland. Check it out.

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Public Catalog of Shame: Movies watched December 2014.

2014: IT’S OVER, IT’S ALL OVER.  Final tally was 465. Gross. No more of these posts in 2015. No one needs any more performative nerd bullshit after this endless toilet of a year. Let’s finish it up as close to raw data as possible. Here are the movies I watched in December 2014.

Travis Bickle On The Riviera hits episode 100 with the next show, and when we post that I might do a year end round up thing. Maybe not. Who cares. Back to work.

Fav movies that weren’t new in 2014:

New old movies: Torso (Sergio Martino), City on Fire (Ringo Lam) ~ first time in a decade, The Black Windmill (Don Siegel), Rabid Dogs (Mario Bava),Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato), Chung Kuo Cina (Michelangelo Antonioni), Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Elio Petri), Subway(Luc Besson), and Detention (Joseph Kahn).

Went to church: Suspiria, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Escape From New York, Days of Thunder, Get Carter, Last House on the Left, Robocop, and Scanners. And all the time spent with Father Schwarzenegger.

Most watched movie of the year: Suspiria.

DECEMBER MOVIES

  1. Quantum of Solace (2008), dir. Marc Foster
  2. For Your Consideration(2006), dir. Christopher Guest
  3. Best in Show(2000), dir. Christopher Guest
  4. Valley of the Dolls (1967), dir. Mark Robson.
  5. Days of Thunder (1990), dir. Tony Scott
  6. Drive Hard (2014), dir. Brian Trenchard-Smith
  7. Edge of Tomorrow (2014), dir. Doug Liman
  8. Firestorm (2014), dir. Alan Yuen
  9. Nightcrawler (2014), dir. Dan Gilroy – They studied all these groups, schools of fish, hockey teams. They say that the most important thing is communication.
  10. Tusk (2014), dir. Kevin Smith
  11. Enemy (2014), dir. Denis Villeneuve
  12. Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (2014), dir. Takashi Miike
  13. Neighbors (2014), dir. Nicholas Stoller
  14. The Grand Budapest Hotel(2014), dir. Wes Anderson
  15. Calvary (2014), dir. John Michael McDonagh
  16. Locke (2014), dir. Steven Knight
  17. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), dir. Olivier Assayas
  18. Cheap Thrills (2014), dir. E.L. Katz
  19. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle movie (2000), dir. Des McAnuff
  20. Stretch (2014), dir. Joe Carnahan
  21. Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out (1989), dir. Monte Hellman
  22. Desperate Living (1977), dir. Jon Waters
  23. Flesh and Blood (1985), dir. Paul Verhoeven.
  24. The Guest (2014), dir. Adam Wingard
  25. Skeleton Twins (2014), dir. Craig Johnson
  26. Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), dir. Kazuki Omori
  27. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), dir. Michael Bay
  28. They Came Together (2014), dir. David Wain
  29. Why Don’t You Play in Hell (2014), dir. Sion Sono
  30. ’71 (2014), dir. Yann Demange
  31. The Street Fighter (1974), dir Shigehiro Ozawa
  32. Return of the Street Fighter (1974), dir. Shigehiro Ozawa
  33. Night Moves (2014), dir. Kelly Reichardt
  34. The Gambler (2014), dir. Rupert Wyatt
  35. Die Hard (1988), dir. John McTiernan
  36. The Interview (2014), dir. Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg – In the theater, wasn’t good or bad enough to really have feelings about, let’s be honest. I hope Randall Park gets a ton of work.
  37. Up In Smoke (1978), dir. Lou Adler
  38. The Double (2014), dir. Richard Ayoade
  39. Starred Up (2014),   dir. David Mackenzie
  40. Noah (2014), dir. Darren Aronofsky
  41. Used Cars (1980), dir. Robert Zemeckis
  42. Gone Girl (2014), dir. David Fincher
  43. The Three Musketeers (1973), dir. Richard Lester
  44. The Four Musketeers (1974), dir. Richard Lester
  45. Non-Stop (2014), dir. Juame Collet-Serra

DECEMBER BOOKS

  1. On Set with John Carpenter: The Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker
  2. Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
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