If you’re only familiar with Albert Brooks from his numerous acting and voice acting roles, then you’re in for a real treat. Yes, Brooks may be the voice of Marlin in both Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, as well as voicing another animal in the upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Pets, but believe it or not, there’s a flesh-and-blood man behind all that movie magic.
Brooks has long been writing and directing his own movies, starting with the 1979 comedy Real Life and continuing up until 2005’s Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World; for my money, 1991’s Defending Your Life is his best work to date. (That movie might be coming to Blu-ray this fall, as Steve found out in an interview with Brooks for his upcoming films.) Starting July 1st, Netflix will make these films and more available to stream for the first time ever. And all it took was a little good-natured kidnapping to get the ball rolling.
Watch Brooks’ message to Netflix below:
The classic films of Albert Brooks are coming to Netflix on July 1 — and he only had to kidnap one kid to get them there!
(Disclaimer: Netflix cannot condone or guarantee the efficacy of Mr. Brooks’ methods)
Here’s a look at the Brooksian films available on Netflix starting tomorrow:
- Defending Your Life – A man who dies and arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to the next phase of existence; or be sent back to earth to do it again. The film stars Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep and Rip Torn.
- Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World – To improve its relations with Muslim countries, the United States government sends comedian Albert Brooks to south Asia to write a report on what makes followers of Islam laugh. The film stars Albert Brooks, Sheetal Sheth and John Carroll Lynch.
- Lost in America – A 30-something married couple, inspired by the film Easy Rider, decide to drop out, quit their jobs, sell their home and travel across America in a Winnebago. The film stars Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty.
- Modern Romance – A successful film editor with far too many issues affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend. The film stars Albert Brooks, Kathryn Harrold, Bruno Kirby and George Kennedy.
- Mother – A neurotic successful sci-fi writer is finalizing his second divorce, and is perplexed by the issues he has with women. He decides to initiate a project that will help him understand what went wrong in his relationships — he moves back in with his mother. The film stars Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds.
- The Muse – A Hollywood screenwriter seemingly has it all, but he’s hit an artistic dry patch, so his writer friend recommends the services of a woman he swears is a veritable muse. Steven takes her on and is suddenly more inspired to create. Her services, however, come at a very steep price and Steven becomes suspicious about who Sarah really is and what she wants. The film stars Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, Jeff Bridges and Andie MacDowell.
- Real Life – In his directorial debut, Albert Brooks stars in this spoof of the 1973 reality television program “An American Family” and portrays a documentary filmmaker who attempts to live with and film a dysfunctional family for one full year. The film stars Brooks, Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, J.A. Preston and Matthew Tobin.