1. Hey you, there’s a new movie podcast by Tucker Stone and I up over at the Factual Opinion. This week on Travis Bickle on the Riviera: we discuss the new Captain America: A Winter’s Tale movie that people won”t shut up about, the Schindler’s List jokes in Grand Budapest Hotel, one of us saw The Raid 2, what Russ Meyer was doing during the Normandy Invasion, and go hard-sell on why we love Noah.

    Tell your friends, force it on your enemies, review the fucking thing on itunes, CHECK THAT SHIT OUT.

    You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss.

    A N G E L W A R Z F O R E V E R Z

  2. Over at The Factual Opinion, there is a new episode of the world’s only movie podcast, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. This week, guest Nate Patrin joins to talk about Bill Murray in Quick Change, Across 110th St, that Save the Cat asshole, Deliverance, Dario Argento’s The Five Days, Primer, and Two Lane Blacktop. Check it out. 

    You can also download episodes directly from itunes and rss.

  3. Over at the Factual Opinion, Tucker Stone and I have recorded a brand new Travis Bickle on the Riviera episode for you. This week the only movie podcast in the world covers: John Boorman’s Exorcist 2: The Heretic & Zardoz, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, Eraser, Return to Paradise, the new season of Hannibal, how insane Noah sounds, and a detour into the idea of “shocking character deaths”.

    Check it out, telll somebody, Paul Reiser Lives.

    You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss.


  4. Public Catalog of Shame - Movies watched in March 2014

    In order this time, doing research for a thing, never sleeping, this is it for this month. See also - Tucker’s, Morgan’s, David’s, and mine from last month.


    1. Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), dir. Fritz Lang
    2. Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), dir. Fritz Lang
    3. Blood For Dracula/Andy Warhol’s Dracula (1974), dir. Paul Morrisey
    4. True Detective ep 7, 8 (2014), dir. Cary Fukunaga
    5. Revolver - UK theatrical cut (2005), dir. Guy Ritchie
    6. Kill List (2011), dir. Ben Wheatley
    7. Prison on Fire (1987), dir. Ringo Lam
    8. 30 for 30 - The Birth of Big Air (2010), dir. Jeff Tremaine
    9. 30 for 30 - Muhammad & Larry (2009), dir. Bradley Kaplan & Albert Maysles
    10. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), dir. Elio Petri
    11. Full Contact (1992), dir. Ringo Lam
    12. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), dir. Robert Weine
    13. The Black Cat (1981), dir. Lucio Fulci
    14. Culloden (1964), dir. Peter Watkins
    15. The Five Days (1973), dir. Dario Argento
    16. M (1931), dir. Fritz Lang
    17. City on Fire (1987), dir. Ringo Lam
    18. "The Black Cat" section from Two Evil Eyes (1990), dir. Dario Argento
    19. Demons (1985), dir. Lamberto Bava
    20. Legally Blonde (2001), dir. Robert Luketic
    21. Rabid Dogs (1974), dir. Mario Bava
    22. Demons 2 (1986), dir. Lamberto Bava
    23. Suspiria (1977), dir. Dario Argento
    24. Cat o’Nine Tails (1971), dir. Dario Argento
    25. Need For Speed (2014), dir. Scott Waugh
    26. A Blade in the Dark (1983), dir. Lamberto Bava
    27. Shock (1977), dir. Mario Bava
    28. The Psychic (1977), dir. Lucio Fulci
    29. Rio Bravo w/John Carpenter commentary (1959), dir. Howard Hawks
    30. Kingdom of Heaven - director’s cut (2005), dir. Ridley Scott
    31. Across 110th Street (197 ), dir. Barry Shear
    32. Macabre (198 ), dif. Lamberto  Bava
    33. Not Quite Hollywood (2008), dir. Mark Hartley
    34. Quick Change (1990), dir. Howard Franklin & Bill Murray
    35. Psycho II (1983), dir. Richard Franklin
    36. Smokin’ Aces (2007), dir. Joe Carnahan
    37. Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000), dir. Leon Ferguson
    38. Trauma (1993), dir. Dario Argento.
    39. Wheels on Meals (1984), dir. Sammo Hung
    40. The Man From Hong Kong (1975), dir. Brian Trenchard-Smith
    41. Deliverance (1972), dir. John Boorman
    42. Zardoz (1974), dir. John Boorman
    43. Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), dir. John Boorman

    Film Books

    1. Re-Agitator by Tom Mes
    2. Deep Focus: They Live by Jonathan Lethem (re-read)
    3. Men, Women & Chainsaws by Carol J Clover (still reading, currently in the section on class division in rape/revenge films)
  5. twiststreet:

    My first cartoon!  Lester!  McCullochMcMillan!  Stone!  Witzke!

    I made a 4+ minute long animated cartoon.  It’s the first time I ever tried to make an animated cartoon (or Japanimation as I prefer to call it), so: you know. I like comics more than cartoons so it took me a while to figure out that the drawings should move.  But still, technically speaking I made a cartoon, so mission accomplished…?  Featuring the (immense) vocal talents of Comic Criticism in North America! Holy shit, how great are the voices?  I could go on and on. For example, vowels?  They all knew how to pronounce vowels!  I underestimated them, and then who had egg on their face?  Me!  I was completely egg-faced by these dudes, and you will be, too or maybe you will not be— I don’t know you, we’re complete strangers.  

    Drawings and music by me, with the exception of a public domain recording of Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischutz - Act III. Entracte.  Which is my jaaaaaam.

    SPOILERS!  I made two cartoons— I made a second “episode”, and the second one will be completed and online in the future (maybe not in April, maybe not in May, but someday, and then for the rest of your short life!)

    Watch it on Youtube!  Because I’m too lazy to set up a Vimeo Account!



  6. Anonymous asked: Do you write essays/articles anywhere these days? I always enjoyed your stuff on your website/Grantland.


    Thanks, yeah, I’m not writing a lot of that type of thing these days.

    I do the podcast every week, and I know very few people listen to it, but that’s what I’m focusing on these days instead of short essays. Outside of the podcast, I’m writing other things that aren’t going online. After a long time writing for free, or almost for free (the Grantland articles being the exception because that was a capital letters Real Job but only one-offs), it gets really demeaning in relation to the effort involved and I’m not interested in doing it anymore. Also, I am 100% not interested in writing about comics and writing for people who only want to read about comics. I’m done, I’ve learned my lesson.

    I have had some interviews go up with comics artists - recently the one with Fiffe I was super happy with. And I wrote half of this Best Movies of 2013 list with Tucker a few months ago. Also the John Carpenter Halloween special episode of the show was a pretty heavy undertaking and it isn’t writing, but I don’t care because it was great and I am proud of it. There’s been a series of longrunning intricately stupid Gwyneth Paltrow jokes on twitter.

    I’m going to have some writing in the new Studygroup Magazine (I had one in the last issue as well) and I have a short that is going to be published in an upcoming issue of Prophet with Ian MacEwan and Sloane Leong part of which was put online last year, I am very excited about that. That is my favorite comic in the world. And I’m working on some longer form criticism that I have no idea when it’s going to see the light of day.

    I know none of this is regular essays but this is where I’m at right now, I appreciate you asking.

  7. Hey everybody, there’s a brand new episode of the world’s only podcast where people discuss movies. This week on Travis Bickle on the Riviera, Tucker Stone and I talk: Need For Speed, 3 Days to Kill, Takashi Miike’s Imprint, Mario Bava’s Rabid Dogs, Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, the Fargo tv show, recent episodes of Person of Interest, and finally the truly amazing Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. We also give each other the most shit we’ve ever given one another, come up with a name for our listeners (spoiler alert you will not like it), and talk about being a Kitty Kat.

    Check it out, tell your friends, and always remember — Paul Reiser lives.

    You can also download episodes directly from itunes or rss. Review the fucking thing on itunes if you feel so inclined.

  8. Over at the Factual Opinion, there is a new episode of the only movie podcast recorded by people, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. This week, David Brothers joins me to talk about 2 movies by Ringo Lam and Chow Yun Fat (City on Fire & Full Contact), 2 movies by Fritz Lang (M & The Testament of Dr. Mabuse), Hayao Miyazaki’s latest art in the face of World War II parable The Wind Rises, Guy Ritchie & Luc Besson’s weirdo kabbalah-symbolist crime film Revolver, and the glorious first two seasons of 24. It’s the Fascism-cast.

    Check it out, spread the word, always be closing.

    You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss.

  9. Over at the Factual Opinion, there’s a new Travis Bickle on the Riveria. This week, the greatest movie podcast on the planet features me and Tucker Stone talking about: Vin Diesel’s facebook and Riddick, John Carter and Thor 2, Paul WS Anderson’s Pompeii, Ridley Scott’s Hannibal, Body of Lies, & Robin Hood, Johnny Mnemonic, Tom Mes’ book on Takashi Miike Re-Agitator, Polish prison drama Uklad Zamkniety, and the kind of writing that has sprung up around True Detective (though not really the show, which is great bc we don’t have to worry about staying current, we recorded it pre-last night’s finale so no spoilers you nerds who care about spoilers). CHECK IT OUT Y’ALL.

    You can also download episodes directly from itunes and rss.


  10. Movies watched February 2014 

    Tucker is doing this , after Morgan did it for the whole year last year, so I figured I should try and do it as well. I do a half-assed version of this for the podcast, but normally if I don’t have something interesting or funny to talk about I leave those movies off, so the chronology on this is a little shaky, some of these may be from January. Also - no sleep, researching for projects, I have no exterior life, etc. explains the scary number of these here (hopefully). .

    8 1/2 (1963), dir. Federico Fellini
    Amazing Spider-Man (2012), dir. Mac Webb
    American Gigolo (1980), dir. Paul Schrader
    Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), dir. John Carpenter

    Blood and Black Lace (1964), dir. Mario Bava
    Body of Lies (2008), dir. Ridley Scott
    The Devil’s Rejects - commentary (2005), dir. Rob Zombie
    Don’t Look Now (1973), dir. Nicolas Roeg
    Enemy (2013), dir. Dennis Villenuve
    Eyes Without A Face (1960), dir. Georges Franju
    FACE/OFF (1997), dir. John Woo
    Fellini Satyricon (1969), dir. Federico Fellini
    Halloween 2 - commentary (2009), dir. Rob Zombie
    Hannibal (2001), dir. Ridley Scott
    Hard Boiled (1992), dir. John Woo
    The Hills Have Eyes (1977), dir. Wes Craven
    Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), dir. Joel & Ethan Coen
    Kill Baby Kill (1966), dir. Mario Bava
    Killer Elite (1975), dir. Sam Peckinpah
    La Residencia / The House that Screamed (1969), dir. Narciso Ibanez Serrador
    The Night Stalker (1972), dir. John Llewlyn Moxey
    The Night Strangler (1973), dir. Dan Curtis
    The New York Ripper (1981), dir. Lucio Fulci
    Now You See Me (2013), dir. Louis Leterrier
    Person of Interest - 2 eps (2014),
    Pompeii (2014), dir. Paul WS Anderson
    Re-Animator (1985), dir. Stuart Gordon
    The Red Shoes (1948), dir. The Archers
    Riddick (2013), dir. David Twohy
    Robin Hood (2010), dir. Ridley Scott
    Robocop (1987), dir. Paul Verhoeven
    Robocop (2014), Jose Padihla
    Secret Beyond the Door (1947), dir. Fritz Lang
    Suspiria - at least 5 times (1977), dir. Dario Argento
    Thief (1981), dir. Michael Mann
    The Typewriter, The Rifle, The Movie Camera (1996), dir. Adam Simon
    Toby Dammit in Spirits of the Dead (1968), dir. Federico Fellini
    True Detective (2014), dir. Cary Joji Fukanaga
    Universal Soldier Regeneration - commentary (2009), dir. John Hyams
    Uptown Saturday Night (1973), dir. Sidney Poitier
    Vanishing Point (1971), dir. Richard C. Sarafian
    You’re Next (2013), dir. Adam Wingard