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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Bad Grandpa: Interview with Designer Lindsey Kear

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It’s the number one movie this week, and it had no script.  I’m shaking my head, trying to make sense of how a cohesive narrative came together from this, and how they pulled it off.  Actor Johnny Knoxville goes undercover as an old man for some Candid Camera-style hijinks on an unsuspecting public… and ends up weaving a sweet (albeit raunchy) narrative about family in the process. I don’t want to spoil the spontaneity of the moments for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, so I’ll just cut right to the chase with designer Lindsey Kear.

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Comic Con 2010 — TRON: the Alternate Reality Game

Sorry for the bit of bad language in the beginning there. This is an interesting story – it’s like The Amazing Race for Tron fans. Check it out!

– KMB

Inception

Review Date: 7-18-10

Release Date: 7-16-10

Runtime: 148 mins.

Period: Contemporary-ish

Costume Designer: Jeffrey Kurland

Okay, so I had a moment to see a movie recently, and I chose Inception. I haven’t seen a movie this good or this thought provoking in a long time. I was trying to take notes as I usually do, but I became lost in the story. I can’t recommend it highly enough – it is a magnificent piece of filmmaking, and you need to see it right away. That’s my endorsement. Spoilers follow. DO NOT READ this if you want to experience the movie from a fresh and uninformed perspective. STOP READING NOW. I am not kidding.

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Julie Robar and Kelly Chambers: America’s Best Costume Crew!

Costume Supervisor Julie Robar (L), and Kelly Chambers

ABDC's Costume Supervisor Julie Robar (L), Lizette Kilmer and Kelly Chambers

By Anthony Tran, special correspondent to Frocktalk.com

America’s Best Dance Crew (also known as ABDC) is a dance competition show that airs Thursday nights on MTV. Produced by Randy Jackson, the show pits dance crews from across the nation against each other. The teams battle for the eventual title of “America’s Best Dance Crew”, and a $100,000 grand prize. It’s kind of like American Idol for dance groups. 2010 marks the fifth season of the show, and we caught up with costume supervisor Julie Robar and costumer Kelly Chambers to tell us all about it.

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