You slack off for a few days, and suddenly tons of new movie trailers pop up:
The Notorious Bettie Page (April 14) The long-awaited biopic of the pinup and fetish photo queen looks fab, thanks to picture-perfect Gretchen Mol (left), poster girl for next-big-things-who-never-were. If she’d appeared as Bettie on that notorious Vanity Fair cover, she’d have graduated from ingenue status years ago. Love the tagline: ”Show some restraint."
Madea’s Family Reunion (Feb. 24) If you loved Diary of a Mad Black Woman, here comes what looks like more of exactly the same. Maya Angelou has joined Cicely Tyson among the elder African-American stateswomen in the cast, perhaps to help administer the film’s tough-love bromides with more moral authority than filmmaker/star Tyler Perry can muster in his patented Big Momma’s House drag act. It ‘ll probably be an enormous hit, but I’ll pass, thanks.
Idlewild (Early 2006) It’s kind of funny to watch this very different slice of African-Americana after the Madea clip; both make use of the iconic Cicely Tyson, but here, ”church” is a 1930s juke joint, run by Andre 3000 and Big Boi of OutKast. The invaluable Terrence Howard also shows up, as a gangster. Call me a sinner, but this one looks and sounds a lot more fun.
Duck Season (March 10) Alfonso Cuaron (Little Princess, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) seems to specialize in movies about what kids do when they’re left without adult supervision. He produced this Mexican coming-of-age comedy about three city kids with not much to do on a lazy Sunday (alas, Chronicles of Narnia must not be playing in their neighborhood). Not sure why this trailer is rated ”restricted”; maybe it’s because one kid shoots a rifle at a duck (not a real duck) out of boredom. Clip looks deceptively innocuous and light, though.