Monsters at Work

Monsters, Inc. is definitely a top-three Pixar movie for me. So, imagine my glee when I discovered that on July 2 Disney+ will release a new series, Monsters at Work.

John Goodman and Billy Crystal are back as Sully as Mike Wazowski for the 10-episode season.

Mindy Kaling, Aisha Tyler and Ben Feldman join the cast as does Henry Winkler (!). Of course, John Ratzenberger returns as the Yeti.

Can’t wait.

More Fran

Thanks to my local library I was able to watch Martin Scorsese’s first documentary about Fran Lebowitz, “Public Speaking.”

After watching his docu-series, “Pretend It’s a City“, on Netflix earlier this year (and loving it), I had to track it down.

Having seen them in reverse order, I liked “Public Speaking” a bit less than “Pretend It’s a City.” Taken in total, I loved them and will definitely watch them again.

Possible George Costanzas

For Christmas my wife bought me a “Seinfeld” calendar that features a fact a day about my favorite show.

Yesterday’s was a fun one. It listed some of the actors who auditioned for the role of George, such as:

  • Nathan Lane
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Danny DeVito (!)
  • Brad Hall
  • David Allen Grier
  • Anthony Edwards (?!)
  • Robert Schimmel
  • Larry Miller

It’s fun to think of Hall appearing alongside his wife, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in the role of George.

Batman

I’ve been a Batman fan since I was a kid and the Adam West/Burt Ward TV show was on after school.

Eventually I got into the comic books, but it wasn’t until Tim Burton’s 1989 film did I realize the dark story behind it.

Still, I love the campy 1966 TV show and especially the intro:

Today my son showed me this version, with “bat” removed throughout the clip …

… and this version with “man” removed.

Some people certainly do have a lot of time on their hands.

Ted Lasso

Ok, I finished watching the first season of “Ted Lasso” tonight and I can see why the series has received lots of recognition; it’s fun and heartwarming.

Still, I put this in the like-it-don’t-love-it category — but there’s room for an upgrade in my rating.

I look forward to watching Season 2 and maybe it’ll move up a notch into “love it” territory.