Here's the best news you'll hear all day: on Friday, all seven films written and directed by Albert Brooks will hit Netflix. All of them.
The news comes to us from USA Today (the most respected newspaper in America), who quote Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, as saying the following:
"Albert Brooks and his films have been a huge influence on American comedy. His innovative early short films and comedy albums led to a body of film work that thrives in the culture and keeps us laughing today. We are proud to have our U.S. Netflix members revisit these great works and to help introduce Brooks’ comedies to the next generation of fans."
I have often wondered if our younger readers are as familiar with Brooks' filmography as they should be. Sure, you know him as the heavy from Drive and Nemo's dad in Finding Nemo, but have you seen Modern Romance? What about some Lost In America? Have you or have you not accepted Defending Your Life as your lord and savior?
Here's the full lineup of titles, per USA Today's report:
- Real Life (1979)
- Modern Romance (1981)
- Lost in America (1985)
- Defending Your Life (1991)
- Mother (1996)
- The Muse (1999)
- Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
What an absolute gift this is. If you're unfamiliar with these titles, I strongly advise you to carve out some time this weekend. Blow off your local fireworks display (they're fireworks; they're the same every damn year) and give one of these a shot.
I would recommend watching them in the order in which they were released, but if you're only going to make time for one of 'em, my personal recommendation would be Defending Your Life. It's one of the great underappreciated comedies of the 90s, and it gets better every time I see it. Lost In America's probably my second-favorite.
Brooks fans: feel free to provide your own recommendations and rankings below. Everyone else is encouraged to dive deep into the Brooks filmography this weekend.