CATEGORIES Comedy, Documentary, Foreign Language, Independent, New on DVD, Cinematical Indie, DVDs, CinematicalPickings are scarce this week if you're looking for more serious fare. Maybe with the British comedy Hot Fuzz ready to drive rentals and sales, DVD distributors felt comedy was the way to go. Everything's Gone Green is an award-winning Canadian comedy based on an original screenplay by Douglas Coupland (Generation X) that met with mixed reaction during its limited release -- only 57 out of 100 at Metacritic, based on 17 reviews. Edward Havens at FilmJerk called it "decent if unspectacular," which just about sums up the tone of many critical views. I haven't seen it, but it's still my blind pick of the week -- there are enough positives to suggest a rental is worthwhile. Kim Voynar posted a clip that gives a taste of its favor.
Starter for Ten has a surprisingly strong 91% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It didn't sound that intriguing to me -- a British romantic comedy starring Last King of Scotland's James McAvoy -- and the reviews I read were not enthusiastic (Nick Schager called it "scrawny and superfluous"). Still, it might be just the thing for you romantics out there. On the other hand, a consumer warning should probably be issued for would-be romantic comedy The Darwin Awards, according to the reviews I read, so don't be misled by the stars on the box. Scott Weinberg was particularly disappointed: "Deadly dull ... dry and uninvolving."
Here's one doc that sounds good: Los Zafiros: Music from the Edge of Time examines a musical group that was called the Beatles of 1960s Cuba. Jason Anderson at Eye Weekly said: "Best of all are the clips of the group in its heyday, performing a seamless blend of American doo-wop and Afro-Cuban rhythms." It may be a slow week, but that doesn't mean you can't tap your toes at the movies.