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! **

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Comic Con: Day Three

This is Saturday, traditionally the most packed day of the convention.  The above photo is from when I tried to board the trolley at Old Town at 9:15 AM. It was like Tokyo rush hour… no one could even get ON the train; it was already full to capacity. In any case, I started my day at 8:30 AM and I am just now getting home at 12:37 AM to post.  I have so many pictures, so many good stories, and so many crazy things to tell.  I will tell you one story now, and post the others when I get back to LA on Sunday night/Monday.  The story I am going to tell you involves Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
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The Princess Bride: Dueling Banjos Review – Synopsis!!

Review Date: 6-23-09
Release Date: 9-25-87
Runtime: 98 min.
Period: period-non-period, vaguely 14th – 16th century
Costume Designer: Phyllis Dalton

Hi Frocktalk readers!!  Welcome to the DUELING BANJOS review of The Princess Bride with Maggie from THE COSTUMER’S GUIDE!!  To start things off, I am posting the synopsis of the film by itself.  Enjoy!!!

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The Princess Bride: Maggie’s Review!

The Princess Bride has long been a favorite movie of mine. I even remember seeing it in the theater when it first came out! (And I was about Fred Savage’s character’s age back then!) Of course, that was long before I was into costuming, but this movie has a very charming look. In some ways it’s very fairytale, but I actually don’t think it’s as dated and 80s as some other things from the period. Buttercup’s hair isn’t teased up and hair sprayed, she doesn’t have bizarre makeup or shoulder pads, etc. 🙂
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The Princess Bride: KB’s Review

Review Date: 6-23-09
Release Date: 9-25-87
Runtime: 98 min.
Period: period-non-period, vaguely 14th – 16th century
Costume Designer: Phyllis Dalton

So, when Maggie and I were talking about the next review we might do together, we went back and forth about which film we should choose.  My taste in film is different (darker, bloodier and more violent) than Maggie’s, but certainly there are some common denominators.  When Maggie suggested The Princess Bride, I quickly accepted.  Because, like Inigo Montoya says to Westley during their swordfight, “I know something you don’t know – I am not left-handed!”

What Maggie doesn’t know is that I wrote my college thesis on The Princess Bride.
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The Princess Bride: CHAT!!

After watching and reviewing The Princess Bride, Maggie and I sat down to chat about its many virtues.  And along the way, we detoured into DragonCon, auctions, Monty Python, Lord of the Rings, and Mandy Patinkin’s drunken Spaniard hotness.  Read on!

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