On this episode of Comic Books Are Burning In Hell, Joe, Chris and Tucker yak it up about Gengoroh Tagame, the latest from Michael Deforge, ABC Warriors and...so much more. Fatty Arbuckle's murderous liasons! A dog that climbs ladders! Free comics! It's a veritable thrill ride.
Here's some of what Joe and Tucker are talking about when they're talking about ABC Warriors
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 week, Sean and I did the movie podcast despite the fact that I had only watched one movie. But the next day I realized that wasn't true: I had watched The Last Emperor, which is a really long and expensive looking movie. It's fine, the same kind of bland majesty that all those sorts of award winning films seem to always have. I liked John Lone a little more in Cronenberg's M. Butterfly, and I loved him in that terrible 90's movie where he was a ninja and an old man killed a sword.
Over at The Comics Journal, Abhay Khosla wrote about the actual and comics news, while I dicked around about Batman Incorporated, Justice League and that Jupiter's Legacy comic.
I hung out and spotted a peenie man who was grabbing a full run of Freak Force. I didn't give him any shit, because I can understand the raw hankering for something specific and maybe not-so-good. Vic Bridges!
This week's crop of Burning Love episodes were excellent, but special mention has to go to Ken Marino, who is delivering an all-time best shithead-you-can't-help-pulling-for character. I'm already getting selfishly irritated that there aren't new episodes, and there still are new episodes.
THE BIG COMIC OF THE WEEK? Gilbert Hernandez's Marble Season. WE GOT IT
HERE. PLUS, the world-famous DECADENCE COMICS from the British Isles
and BEYOND. A PODCAST SO HOT IT BURNED DOWN ITS VERY MEDIUM OF
EXPRESSION. That means the recording just breaks at the end! WE DROPPED THE MIC.
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 Slaygroundand 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".
On this episode, Chris Mautner, Matt Seneca, Joe McCulloch and Tucker Stone talk about Hair Shirt by Patrick McEwon, the work of Kazuo Umezu, and Blutch's So Long Silver Screen. There's something else too, but I can't remember what it was right now.
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.
0:42:15 - 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.
Joe and Chris didn't go to this year's MoCCA Fest in New York, but Matt Seneca did! Not only that he was an exhibitor, selling his own darn comics at the show! So the Pennsylvania pair decide to use this opportunity to grill Matt like a swordfish and find out what it's like being on the other side of the table for once. Sadly, we had to cut this one a tad short, as we were having really awful technical difficulties. Truly it was redonkulous.