Review Date: 12-4-12
Release Date: 12-25-12 (USA)
Runtime: 157 minutes
Period: 1815 – 1832, France
Costume Designer: Paco Delgado
Most of us who work in the entertainment industry have seen at least one stage production of Les Misérables in our lives. To miss this musical theater opus would be like not seeing ET or Star Wars; it’s that big of a deal. Les Miz (as it is colloquially called) was first introduced to the stage in the form of a musical in the 1980s. It was a sensation. The music is haunting, the story is relatable, and it packs an emotional wallop. It is no surprise, then, that the current movie version of the musical does the same.
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Review Date: 12-3-12
Release Date: 10-26-12, USA
Runtime: 172 minutes
Period: 1849, 1936, 1973, 2012, 2144, and 106 A. F. (2321)
Costume Designers: Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud
I don’t even know where to begin with this movie. It is breathtaking in its scope, and is such an impressive piece of work. The film explores six different time periods, six different (but linked) storylines, and it manages to utilize the same troupe of actors in all of the different scenarios. Shooting all storylines simultaneously, with two costume designers and a crew of over fifty in the costume department, it is an astounding accomplishment. You won’t believe your eyes.
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Review Date: 11-20-12
Release Date: 11-21-12
Runtime: 122 minutes
Costume Designer: Mark Bridges
There is an expression we occasionally use in our business, and that is “Fight the hot”. What that means is that as costume designers, we have to make an attractive person look less so, so that their beauty doesn’t distract from the film. Such is the case with Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook. Voted 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, you have to fight the battle of your life against the hot when you work with Bradley Cooper.
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Review Date: 11-14-12
Release Date: 12-21-12
Runtime: 114 minutes
Period: 2004, contemporary
Costume Designers: Anna Bingemann, Sparka Lee Hall, Maria Reyes
I am a pretty analytical filmgoer. I watch movies like I watch dailies. Very rarely does a film grab me and suck me in. Rarer still do I find myself with tears in my eyes, watching a movie. Well, about twelve minutes in to The Impossible, rivers of tears were rolling down my face, into my mouth, down my neck, and I ceased taking notes.
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Review Date: 11-8-12
Release Date: 12-7-12
Runtime: 94 minutes
Costume Designer: Dinah Collin
Hyde Park on Hudson chronicles a time in American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s life when he becomes intimately involved with his distant cousin Daisy. War looms in Europe, and the British Crown seeks his help. With King George VI and Queen Elizabeth coming for a visit, what to do about the mistress? FDR and Daisy’s relationship seems unlikely at best, however the costumes help to tell the story about class, privilege, status, and wealth.
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Review Date: 10-26-12
Release Date: 11-9-12 (limited); wide on 11-16-12
Runtime: 150 min (approx, unofficial)
Costume Designer: Joanna Johnston
This film details the last four months of American President Abraham Lincoln’s life. Essentially, it covers Lincoln’s struggle to achieve passage of the thirteenth amendment to the US constitution, outlawing slavery. Along the way, it paints a loving picture of Lincoln as a doting, hands-on father, an involved, engaged husband, and a charismatic, determined leader.
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Review Date: 10-14-12
Release Date: 10-12-12
Runtime: 120 minutes
Period: 1979 – 1980
Costume Designer: Jacqueline West
In 1979, Americans working at the US Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage. Six of them escaped and sought refuge at the home of the Canadian Ambassador. One man helped them out of Iran. This is the premise of Argo. Based on the true-life story of CIA agent Tony Mendez, the film is gripping, absorbing, and kind of a nail biter. It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in some time, and the costumes and characterizations are top notch.
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Review Date: 9-16-12
Release Date: 9-21-12
Runtime: 137 minutes
Period: Post-WWII – 1950
Costume Designer: Mark Bridges
Paul Thomas Anderson is known for boundary-pushing films: Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood… and he doesn’t just push, but rather he shoves The Master into uncharted territory. This is a film so raw, it bleeds. The performances will make your heart skip a beat. The plot reveals itself in bursts, like a puzzle of sorts. In the press, cast and crew have denied that this film is about Scientology. However, after viewing the film, it appears to be a poem composed in elegiac vignettes related to L. Ron Hubbard, the religion he founded, and the people who were central to his purpose.
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