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This week on Travis Bickle On The Riviera, the movie podcast for movie-type movies.
00:00 - 16:42 - Tucker watched Slayground (1983), directed by Terry Bedford, starring Peter Coyote, Mel Smith, Billie Whitelaw. Mentioned in this section - books by Sam Fuller and Don Simpson, the Big Red One, Dirty Work, Mel Smith in The Princess Bride, and the Parker novels.
16:43 - 31:28 - Tucker also watched Place Beyond The Pines (2013), directed by Derek Cianfrance, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta. Also mentioned in this section - Blue Valentine from the same director, Sidney Lumet, bad writing hallmarks, directors who started in live television.
31:29 - 39:50 - Sean watched Pain and Gain (2013), directed by Michael Bay, starring The Rock, Marky Mark, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rebel Wilson, Tony Shaloub, lots more people. Also mentioned here - Michael Bay's other films, The Coen Brothers and Fargo, The Departed, and Ethan Hawk's Hamlet.
39:51 - 47:41 - And Sean watched Lords of Salem (2013), directed by Rob Zombie, starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Judy Geeson, Dee Wallace, Meg Foster, Patricia Quinn, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Maria Conchita Alonso. Also mentioned in this section - Rob Zombie's other films, Lars Von Trier's Antichrist, Ken Russell, Roman Polanski, The Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties" and "Venus in Furs" (the latter of which the name escaped us at recording time), Cameron Crowe, the title cards in The Shining, and Air Force One.
47:42 - 1:05:16 - And finally Tucker went and saw a revival of Sorcerer (1977), directed by William Friedkin (who spoke afterwards), and starring Roy Schieder, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, and Amidou as Kassem. Also brought up in this section - Friedkin's new book The Friedkin Connection, The Wages of Fear, the release of Star Wars, the release of Big Trouble in Little China, Heaven's Gate, Friedkin's The Guardian, survival movies, and the term "pure cinema".This quote from Bud Smith, editor of Sorcerer, on wikipedia Tucker mentions - "When our trailer [for Sorcerer] faded to black, the curtains closed and opened again, and they kept opening and opening, and you started feeling this huge thing coming over your shoulder overwhelming you, and heard this noise, and you went right off into space. It made our film look like this little, amateurish piece of shit. I told Billy [Friedkin], ‘We're fucking being blown off the screen. You gotta go see this.’ "
NEXT TIME ON TRAVIS BICKLE ON THE RIVIERA - Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.
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00:00 - 10:07 - INTROS. This week on TRAVIS BICKLE ON THE RIVIERA, a movie podcast about movies and movies, Tucker read David Denby's Do The Movies Have A Future?, and we talk about Denby, his other book Snark, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Judd Apatow, and comic book movies. Sean tried to read The Evil Dead Companion by Bill Warren. But couldn't. Which leads to...
10:08 - 16:28 - Sean watched the Evil Dead remake (2013), directed by Fede Alvarez, starring the five available people nearest to the casting director at the time they went to shoot the movie. In this section we talk about how you can't copy someone else's fetishes.
16:29 - 23:15 - Tucker has been marathoning, and finished, the entire series of The Shield.
Also in this section we talk about Alan Sepinwall's The Revolution Was Televised, and Shawn Ryan's other shows, specifically Terriers.
23:16 - 29:11 - Tucker has also been catching up on Delocated, which Sean loves like crazy. In this section we talk about Todd Barry's twitter and PFFFR! tv shows.
29:12 - 38:56 - HOMEWORK - Tucker watched Cul De Sac (1966), directed by Roman Polanski, starring Francoise Dorleac, Donald Pleasance, Lionel Stander, and Jack Magowran. In this section we talk about Beckett, Polanski's other films, and his attempt to adapt Waiting For Godot, and Straw Dogs. We also talk about the Parker adaptations, including Slayground and The Split. Rare corrections - when Sean says "Brecht" he means "Beckett", and when Tucker says "The Apartment" he means "The Tenant".
38:57 - 46:36 - HOMEWORK (sorta) Sean watched The Small Back Room (1949), directed by Powell and Pressburger/ the Archers, starring David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, and Michael Gough. In this section we also talk The Hurt Locker, The Spy In Black, Fritz Lang, and then we detour in a great sidebar about how Tucker fucking loves Carl Theodore Dreyer.
46:37 - 55:44 - Sean has been watching every single Brian De Palma movie (and slapping screencaps on tumblr because going outside is for suckers), because of reasons, he's about halfway done with it and we kind of briefly talk about it without going full geek. Don't worry, this will probably happen the next time. Also in this section we talk about Die Hard 4, Ghost Protocol, Kirk Douglas, Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians, the 6 hour cut of All the Pretty Horses, and how every movie would be better with Dune voiceovers.
Our homework movies this week are Mean Streets and Moonraker, and our outro music is Norma Jean's "Sorcerer".
NEXT WEEK: A PEOPLE TALKING SOUND THING
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0:00:00 - 0:01:10 - INTROS - This week we have itinerant (and first returnings?) panel guest Jared Lewis. The audio on this one is a pretty rough at the beginning, our apologies for that. Recording without Skype is difficult and we're still figuring it out. This was actually recorded the day following Delocated's cancellation and I've been messing around with editing and levels since, and it's still very rough. Deal with it.
0:01:11 - 0:13:35 - To start off this week we both watched Out Of Sight (1998), directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames, Michael Keaton, Albert Brooks, Steve Zahn, and Dennis Farina. We spend a lot of time in this section discussing Soderbergh's career.
0:13:36 - 0:21:31 - Jared watched Django Unchained (2012), directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring all the people we listed the last time we talked about this movie on here.
0:21:32 - 0:30:33 - Both of us watched No More Excuses (1968), directed by Robert Downey Sr. We also talk about Louie and this video of Paul Thomas Anderson / Downey Sr talking about No More Excuses.
0:30:34 - 0:42:14 - Jared watched Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), directed by Colin Trevorow, starring Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Karan Sorni, Jeff Garlin, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. In this section we also discuss Mark Duplass on WTF, The Puffy Chair, and Mystery Team.
0:42:15 - 46:25 - Sean watched Murder A La Mod (1968) directed by Brian De Palma, starring William Finley, Andra Akers, Margo Norton, Jared Martin. In this section we talk about young De Palma, Wes Anderson, and Takeshi Koike.
0:46:26 - 1:12:29 - We spend the longest amount of time this episode talking about Delocated, a tv show created, written by and starring Jon Glaser, which we were both very big fans of. Like the way Tucker loves The Shield, I love Delocated. The show recently had it's standalone finale and went kind of unheralded, so we felt the need to spend the time and actually memorialize it.
I do have to correct myself that 30 Rock is a rare recent sitcom that had an amazing final episode, and if I was forced, East Bound And Down did too (though I think it's finale was weak compared to season 2's), but I think Delocated would stack up pound for pound better than both of those finales.
And this week our intro and outro clips are from Delocated, and are stupid in-jokes that will likely turn people off who don't already love the series. Sorryz, had to be done.
NEXT WEEK: SOME OTHER THING SOMEPLACE.
0:00:00 - 0:04:31 - INTROS - This week on Travis Bickle on the Riviera we start off by talking about knitting, plastic cups and Brooklyn.
0:04:32 - 0:11:18 - HOMEWORK - Sean was assigned Andrei Rublev (1966), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring some Russian people. Also in this section we talk about other Tarkovsky movies, again, and translation.
0:11:19 - 0:22:27 - HOMEWORK - Tucker was assigned Sisters (1973), directed by Brian De Palma, starring Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Jennifer Salt, William Finley. Also discussed in this section - Hitchcock (specifically later Hitchcock), Robert Deniro, Al Pacino working with David Mamet, and Charles Durning's life and career.
0:22:28 - 0:29:25 - Sean watched GI JOE Retaliation (2013) directed by John M Chu, starring Walton Goggins, Channing Tatum, The Rock, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Bruce Willy, Tyra from Friday Night Lights, and bunch of white stuntmen with rags over their heads to pretend like a warehouse in California is Iran. Also discussed in this section - The Shield, Olympus Has Fallen, and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
0:29:26 - 0:37:06 - Tucker watched Dirty Work (1998) directed by Bob Saget, starring Norm McDonald, Artie Lang, Traylor Howard, Chris McDonald, Chevy Chase, David Koechner, and Chris Farley. Also discussed in this section Monk, Major League, Hot Shots, Police Academy 2, Airplane 2, and rape jokes in The Mighty Boosh and The Long Kiss Goodnight.
0:37:07 - 0:44:51 - Sean watched Fudoh: A New Generation (1997), directed by Takashi Miike. Also discussed in this section the Iron Man 3 trailer, the Death Note film series, The Dark Knight, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Gere, World War Z, and White House Down.
0:44:52 -0:55:27 - Stealing the TRIPLE BANGER LIGHTNING ROUND from Cashing in With TJ MILLER, Tucker watched Insignificance (1985) directed by Nic Roeg; Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975) directed by Peter Weir; and Le Doulos (1962) directed by Jean Pierre Melville. Also discussed in this section - Watchmen, NBC's Smash (because it is hilarious to call it NBC possesive apostrophe s Smash), The Hit, The Virgin Suicides (Josh Hartnett and not Ashton Kutcher but who the fuck cares), THE TWO MARILYNS, Mad Max.
We kind of use Room 237 to talk about the nature of criticism, obsession, close reading, textual analysis,modern non-talking head documentaries, Tucker on a Gary Groth editorial in The Comics Journal #100, Blow Out, online video essays, Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, A Life In Pictures, Alien, Going Clear, journalism, entertainment, genre for genre's sake, the corporate co-opting of the idea of genre for genre's sake, and self-justification.
Our outro music this week is David McCallum and David Axelrod's "Smile".
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00:00 - 01:34 - INTROS - Hey this week on Travis Bickle on the Riviera we have another Stunt Casting edition, this time with special guest multi-hyphenate (writer / artist / colorist / games designer / astronaut / chainsaw juggler) and all around best person, Sloane Leong. Sloane's pick of theme for the week is foreign science fiction.We covered way too many damn movies.
01:34 - 08:19 - Both Sean and Sloane watched The Hole (1998), directed by Tsai Ming-Liang, starring Kuei-Mei Yang and Kang-sheng Lee. Also discussed in this section: Ming-Liang's Goodbye Dragon Inn, and Brazil.
08:20 - 14:14 - both of us watched World On A Wire (1973), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Klaus Lowitsch. Also discussed in this section I Heart Huckabees, Inception, The Matrix, Thief, and Solaris.
14:15 - 20:25 - Sloane watched Ikarie XB-1 (1963) directed by Jindrich Polak and X: the Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963) directed by Roger Corman. In this section we talk about 2001 a Space Odyssey, Death Race 2000, and the brilliance of the CARNOSAUR franchise.
20:26 - 27:55 - Both of us watched Black Moon (1975), directed by Louis Malle , starring Cathryn Harrison, Therese Geihse, Alexandra Stewart, and Joe Dallesandro. Also discussed in this section - Jan Svankemyer's Alice In Wonderland, Bergman, Woody Allen, David Lynch, Zardoz, and Zazie Dans Le Metro.
27:56 - 31:32 - We both watched Fata Morgana (1969), direceted by Werner Herzog. Also discussed in this section - Star Wars, Herzog's Lessons of Darkness and Heart of Glass.
31:33 - 37:10 - Sloane watched La Jetee (1962), directed by Chris Marker. Also discussed in this section Chafed Elbows, the new re-edited trailer for the film from Cinefamily, the Hero's Journey, Vertigo, 12 Monkeys, and Terry Gilliam at Help magazine.
37:11 - 44:37 - Both of us watched Je T'aime Je T'aime (1968), directed by Alain Resnais, starring Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac. In this section we also talk about Hiroshima Mon Amour, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bad Timing, Muriel, and Magritte's Empire of Light.
44:38 - 49:35 - Both of us also watched Kin Dza Dza (1986), directed by Georgiy Daneliy, starring Stanislav Lyubshin, Levan Gabriadze, Anatoli Serenko, and Yury Yakovlev. Also mentioned in this section - Mad Max.
49:36 - 55: 27 - Sloane watched a documentary about Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Parajanov called Islands, and we use this as an excuse to talk about a large chunk of their work. We also talk about their friendship, Jodorowsky and Otomo's friendship.
55:28 - 58:08 - Sloane watched Letters From a Dead Man (1986) directed by Konstantin Lopushansky, starring Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin, Vikto Mikhaylov. Also talked about in this section: Stalker, the movie Sean is talking about is Yeleen, a Malian film directed by Souleymane Cisse.
58:09 - 1:02:39 - Sloane watched Pumzi (2013) directed by Wanrui Kahiu and can be seen on youtube here. We also talk about District 9 (2009) and Neil Blompkamp's other short films Tetra Vaal and Alive in Joburg. And in this section we also discuss Avatar, Starship Troopers, Pocahantas, and colonization plots in science fiction.
1:02:40 - 1:10:20 - Sean wanted to talk about AI: Artificial Intelligence (2000) directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, William Hurt, Brendan Gleeson, and a robot head protoype designed by Chris Cunningham. Blah blah feelings. Also we briefly touch on Dead or Alive: Final, Battle Angel Alita, Pluto, Shozin Fukui's 964 Pinocchio, Tetsuo the Iron Man, Eraserhead, and Kenneth Anger.
1:10:21 - 1:14:58 - Sloane watched Alphaville (1965) directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Anna Karina and Eddie Constantine. Also in this section we also talk about 2 or 3 Thing I Know About Her.
1:114:59 - 1:23:54 - And finally, Sloane watched The Host (2013), directed by Andrew Niccol, starring Saorise Roanan and Diane Kruger, and we also talk about the Twilight franchise, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Near Dark, Gattaca, Hanna, and In Time.
NEXT WEEK - OTHER PEOPLE TALKING OTHER THINGS (probably at least one movie with The Rock).
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00:00 - 09:32 - This week on Travis Bickle on the Riviera, we start by talking about what it means to be a man in America. Also the first season of The Shield, which is supremely important to understanding being a man in America. Also clothing gives you powers, and Alan Sepinwall's The Revolution Was Televised. America.
09:33 - 21:45 - Tucker watched Life Without Principle (2012), directed by Johnnie To, starring Lao Ching Wan, Richie Ren, Denise Ho, and Myoli Wu. Also mentioned in this section: other Johnnie To movies, Pulp Fiction, Amores Perros, Glenngarry Glen Ross, The Insider, Spy Game, To's collaborative movie Triangle, and this scene from Pam Grier's autobiography. We also talk about Andrei Tarkovsky and the previous conversation had about him on the guest episode with Joe McCulloch.
21:46 - 26:34 - Tucker watched Destry Rides Again (1939), directed by George Marshall, starring Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Deitrich. This is pretty much the only movie we don't rave about this week. Also discussed in this section - The Blue Angel, The Young Mr Lincoln, Vertigo, and Jim Carrey reading Jimmy Stewart's poetry.
26:35 - 34:30 - Sean watched Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000), directed by Takashi Miike, starring Show Aikawa and Riki Takeuchi. Also mentioned in this section - Miike's other Dead or Alive movies, Ben Sachs' Miike pieces at MUBI, Terminator 2, Blues Brothers 2000, Ichi the Killer, MPD Psycho, James Gunn's Super, Shinya Tsukamoto, a little more about Life Without Principle, and Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai.
34:31 - 39:52 - Tucker watched Forbidden Games (1952), directed by Rene Clement, starring Georges Poujoly and Brigette Fossey. Also mentioned in this section: Saving Private Ryan.
39:53 - 49:57 - And finally Tucker watched Small Back Room (1949), directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger/ The Archers, starring David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, and Michael Gough. Yeah, this one sounds soooooo goddamn good. Also mentioned in this section: The Conversation, other Archers films, The Hurt Locker, Scorsese on three strip technicolor in Colonel Blimp, the Salvador Dali sequence in Spellbound, the BFI, the Criterion Collection, the production history of Dr. Who and Monty Python's Flying Circus, and our disgust at the failure of socialism.
NEXT WEEK - ANOTHER ONE OF THESE THINGS ABOUT MOVIES WITH TWO PEOPLE TALKING.
Homework assignments for next time: Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev and De Palma's Sisters.
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00:00 - 21:16 - INTROS - This week on Travis Bickle on the Riviera, we're crossing the streams, possibly endangering the entire Factual Opinion Podcast Universe by getting chocolate in the peanut butter of our interpersonal conversations. That's right, Joe McCulloch, of the Comic Books Are Held in Burundi podcast, is here for a special in-house Stunt Casting episode which will eventually devolve into some sort of Beat It-style gang/ dance/ knife fight in a comics warehouse behind a movie theater. HIT IT EDDIE.
This week our entire episode is heavily focused on the FAB press book House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography Of Female Neurosis In Horor And Exploitation Films by Kier-La Janisse from last year. Both of us read this recently and we thought it would be great to cover on this here old podcast. Different from the traditional Travis Bickle Book Club by-laws of "Tucker reads old school film criticism" and "Sean reads navel-gazing books written by directors" by being neither of those things. If you're interested in reading more Joe has already written about the book over in his Comics Journal column. Cinefamily recently put on a film festival based on this book, the very awesome trailer for which you can see here, edited by Kyle Reiter who has been directing some really smart and great-looking stuff on Channel 101 for a while now.
Also in this section we talk about Anne Frank, Joe's secret origin in horror criticism, Cinema Sewer and Sleazy Slice (the other cartoonist FAB publishes is Rick Trembles and his book Motion Picture Purgatory), Black Swan, Stephen Thrower and other FAB press books, Man Ray's The Mysteries of the Chateau du De, Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon, Multiple Maniacs, Moustapha Akkad's religious films (not the other Halloween producer Irwin Yablans, like I say on the podcast), If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? by Ron Ormond (Blood Freak was actually directed by Brad F. Grinter) , and Men Women and Chainsaws by Carol J Clover.
21:17 - 38:03 - HOMEWORK - This week Joe was asked to watched Antichrist (2009), directed by Lars Von Trier, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe. In this section we talk about other work by Von Trier (including his USA - Land of Opportunities trilogy), the direct influence on the film of Tarkovsky (specifically The Mirror), Dave Sim, Eric Clapton, Night of the Lepus, and Garth Marenghi's Dark Place. We were wrong about the fox having Von Trier's voice, which is Dafoe's voice not his. Oh and Joe compares Nymphomaniac to Twilight: Breaking Dawn, which is the best.
38:04 -50:38 - Sean watched The Brood (1979), directed by David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, and Cindy Hinds; and both of us watched Possession (1982), directed by Andrej Zulawski, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, with effects from Alien-suit builder Carlo Rambaldi. Also talked about in this section: Alan Moore, Zulawski's On the Silver Globe, Enki Bilal (and the interview about the two men meeting that I think is in this issue of the The Comics Journal - the only issue of the 80s old school Comics Journal that Sean ever read), Alphaville, the subway scene freakout scene in Possession, and Zulawski's Szamanka (which was not inspired by Zulawski's divorce, Possession was). And it turns out Zulawski's most recent film was La fidélité. It has been released on dvd, but in fairly small-run editions from various nations... apparently the only legit release in print right now is an Italian edition that lacks the original French audio.
50:39 - 1:00:11 - Joe watched Nightbirds (1970), directed by Andy Milligan, starring Julie Shaw, Berwick Kaler, Elaine Shore, and Bill Clancy. Milligan is a self-declared misogynist, which is an interesting position to take, and we talk about Jimmy McDonough's autobiography of Milligan's The Ghastly One, and Milligan's short film Vapors, and Birth of a Nation.
1:00:12 - 1:11:51 - HOMEWORK - This week Sean had to watch Living Dead Girl (1982), directed by Jean Rollin, starring Marina Pierro, Francoise Blanchard, Mike Marshall, and Carina Barone. In this section we also talk about Rollin's other films especially Requiem for the Vampire, the Rob Zombie song and video named after the film, and the Cabinet of Dr Caligari (directed by Robert Weine and found in its entirety on youtube here), The Hunger, Vampyros Lesbos, Heavenly Creatures, Louis Feuillade, and Cat O'Nine Tails.
Next week someone else will be here to discuss something with some other person, it's a crap shoot who knows who it'll be? I don't! So come back if you enjoy a lack of stability!
(Extra special thanks to Joe for his help with this week's show notes!)