Welcome to FrockTalk, the web’s only costume-based movie review site. The goal of Frocktalk is to shed light on the magnificent artistry of costume design in motion pictures. Reviews on this site are written by working costume designers in the entertainment industry – people who know, better than anyone, what it takes to make it all happen. The focus of FrockTalk is not to comment on the big flashy costume dramas, but to call attention to the seemingly ordinary costume design work in film that silently and persuasively moves the audience toward understanding the characters. Costume design for motion pictures is an art form that deserves more recognition than it usually gets. Fancy, pretty costumes do not always equal effective, appropriate costumes. The art of the costume is in letting the audience know who the character is, before the actor even has a chance to open his mouth. Read on, and enjoy. ** CAUTION: ALL REVIEWS CONTAIN SPOILERS! **

Adventures in Costuming: Falling Into the Vortex

Hello Frocktalkers. I am so sincerely sorry that it has taken me two weeks to get back with all of you. The good news is that my film job is now done, and I am winding down the teaching gig at UCLA. Both have been very good, but my time has been sucked into the vortex, and it has been hard to keep up with all of it.

I hope that Halloween was good for all of you – I saw some really cool costumes on my night out. I thought you might enjoy seeing this costume! It’s a great tribute to film costume design, and I mean, think about the design that went into it! Amazing!

This one is also particularly good, though I suspect you wouldn’t get a lot of phone numbers on your big night out.

I will have more reviews for you next week – we are getting into awards season, and the free screening invitations are starting to arrive. First invitations to come in have been The Hurt Locker and Bright Star. I then received a “for your consideration” screening letter from Universal. The films they are pumping this year for awards consideration are: Public Enemies, Funny People, and Brüno. ‘Nuff said.

So, stay tuned for more reviews. I sincerely apologize for the lack of activity here, but it won’t happen again. I look forward to sharing more films with you soon!! Thanks for your patience.

— KMB

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