WORTH A MENTION
BOX: It took a couple of episodes to warm up, but channel Four’s New Girl has turned out to be a real crack-up. The world certainly didn’t need another sitcom about roommates in New York but Zooey Deschanel’s kook factor and Max Greenfield’s ‘‘Schmidt-isms’’ have ensured it rivals 30 Rock as the funniest thing on tele. TRAILER PARK: Got my first look at Rhian Johnson’s ( Brick) timetravel thriller Looper last week and liked what I saw: Joseph Gordon-levitt as an assassin from criminal organisations who send him victims from the future. It gets complicated when they employ him to whack himself (Bruce Willis). Let the mind-melting begin. Arrives in cinemas in October. SOUNDS: Chicago singersongwriter Joe Pug drops his second long player this week, The Great Despiser. The 24-year-old doesn’t have much of a profile in New Zealand but fans of early Dylan, Springsteen and Steve Earle should search him out. BOOK: It’s all about picture books in my house at the moment and I’ve finally remembered the name of my favourite kids’ book from when I was little; A Fly Went By by Mike Mcclintock. First published in 1958, it features beautiful pictures by Fritz Siebel and has a fun ‘‘old woman swallowed the spider to catch the fly’’ vibe to it. Pleased to see it’s still in print by Random House as a Cat In The Hat Beginner Book.