If you work in the arts, you probably know someone like Llewyn Davis… someone who has a boatload of talent, but can’t seem to stop self-sabotaging. The Coen Brothers make use of this archetype – the slacker who just can not, for the love of God, get on with it – in their tale of the early 1960s folk music scene in New York City. The movie is really interesting, though at times frustrating to watch, mostly because you just want to punch Llewyn in the face and tell him to get it together. The costumes (by designer Mary Zophres) are wonderful, and there is a very cute ginger kitty who steals just about every scene he’s in.
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I have a particular fondness for the “scary movie” genre, having designed many of these kinds of films in my career. When I heard that the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles was going to be putting up a production of perhaps one of the most famous (and scary) movies of all time – The Exorcist – I knew I had to see it. How do you translate the fear, horror, and especially special effects (head spinning, projectile vomiting, crab walking and defying gravity) of the original film to the stage? I was really curious.
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Fitting pictures: not just for work anymore!! In the case of John Travolta, fitting pictures from his new project Killing Season may shoot down any chance of Lawsuit #1 from ever seeing the light of day. Among other things, Lawsuit #1 alleges that Travolta was in Los Angeles on January 16, 2012. But thanks to some time-and-date-stamped fitting photos from the film, with additional backup witnesses of costume designer Denise Wingate and her crew, the allegation proves to be totally untrue. Costume department saves the day! Thanks, Denise, for showing these opportunistic bottom-feeders how beautiful fitting photos can be. See articles about the fitting photos HERE and HERE. Keep up the good work!
Hello, Frocktalkers! Now that we’ve all had a moment to breathe after the big awards season push, I have some new things for you! First, I have written another book – this time, a cookbook. It’s a benefit for my friend, production designer John Johnson, who is battling pancreatic cancer. He is on a vegan diet, and I cooked up a ton of food for him, and thought, hey wait a second! And a cookbook was born. If you are vegan, or want to try it, this is your book! Please spread the word – all proceeds go to John and his wife to defray medical costs. Thanks in advance for your support! It means a lot.
BUY THE BOOK HERE!
Review Date: 11-30-09
Release Date: 11-25-09
Runtime: 112 min.
Period: Future, post-apocalypse
Costume Designer: Margot Wilson
The Road is a film based on the 2006 novel by Cormac McCarthy. Set in post-apocalyptic America, it is the story of a father and son’s journey through a desolate wasteland, literally and figuratively. Thematically, the film deals with one’s purpose in life, the reason for living, and our interdependence – not only on our ecosystem, but also on each other. This movie is difficult to watch, but it is profoundly moving.
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This week, the big news is that the Fred Segal sale is on. At both locations (though they are not related) you will find merchandise on sale at about a 50% discount. The sale will run approximately two weeks, and at some point they may raise the ante, providing discounts of 75%.
For the uninitiated:
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Review Date: 8-6-09
Release Date: 12-16-77
Runtime: 118 min.
Period: Contemporary, 1977
Costume Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein
Tony Manero is a nineteen-year-old Brooklyn paint store clerk by day, living with his parents. At night, however, he rules the dance floor at the 2001: Odyssey dance club. Saturday Night Fever describes his existence, straddling these two worlds, and coming to terms with the expectations his family has for him and his siblings. Saturday Night Fever is, in the end, much more than great dancing and an iconic soundtrack; it is about growing up, being accountable for one’s actions, and taking responsibility for one’s own life and happiness.
** NB: This film is rated R, and the plot described herein may not be appropriate for kids. **
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Chris from the UK blog Clothes on Film gives his insight on this iconic film…
Sleazy sex, drugs, violence, foul language, rape, racism, homophobia, suicide – if you only remember Saturday Night Fever for its Bee Gees soundtrack and lurid fashions, you’re in for a serious shock. This is one of the bleakest, yet most compelling movies of the seventies.
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Chris from Clothes on Film and I sat down to discuss this iconic movie, the regional aspect of culture, Angel’s Flight pants and Gunne Sax. Read on…
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