All the Albert Brooks, Courtesy of Netflix

07/1/2016

Albert Brooks is an iconic comedian, and a Jewish talent on the level of our finest film artists. Think Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, or Billy Crystal. He's that good, really.

And you don't know enough about his filmography. Sure, you're enjoying his voice chops in Finding Dory (the sequel to Pixar's classic Finding Nemo), which has movie theater cash registers ca-ching-ing across America. Yeah, you may even recall his decidedly non-comedic role in the Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive. But you don't know enough about the entire Brooks ouevre. Trust us.

Thankfully, Netflix is here to help change that. As of today – Friday, July 1, 2016 – they've got all seven films he wrote and directed for your binging pleasure (at least for U.S. subscribers).

That's right. You may now partake of these films, all penned and helmed by the incomparable Albert Brooks:

  • 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)

Your holiday weekend plans are now taken care of, and you may expect a quiz when you return to work post July 4th.

You're welcome.