We've been courting Martyn Pedler to come on the show for a long time, employing all manner of tactics from flowers and chocolates to Wile E Coyote-style holes in the ground that drop into a recording booth to sneaking recording dates into iTunes terms and conditions.
Okay, Martyn was actually happy to do the show. But even though we invited him a long time ago, we all decided to wait a while for a reason that we'll explain below. But first, some Martyn Pedler bio.
Martyn has had a fascinating career as a writer, including comedy on Australian TV, a mostly-completed PhD on superhero stories, and the amazing Tumblr series And the Man Next To You, an astonishing series of tragic backstories for every character who dies in Under Siege. He's worked for years as a film critic, writing for Triple J Magazine, Time Out Melbourne and others. He is also the screenwriter behind the brilliant indie arthouse feature EXIT, which premiered at Montreal's Fantasia Festival. Seriously, go watch it now. It's amazing.
So which filmmaker has Martyn chosen to talk about on the show?
Actually, it's filmmakes plural: Martyn's chosen the Coen Brothers!
Yes, we haven't actually covered Joel and Ethan Coen on the show yet, so we're pretty jazzed to be getting to them. And we decided it would be fun to hold off until the release of Hail, Caesar!, because how could we resist?
The Coens need little introduction, so we will keep it little: films like Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)â€¦ okay, we were planning to just mention their classics, and here we are just listing all of their films. (And, yes, we cunningly stopped before the early 2000s. But there's time for that later.)
So what is it about the Coens that so appeals to Martyn? We'll all find out when the episode is released on March 31.