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! **

Tag Archive for 'screening'

An Open Letter to Awards Screenings Audience Members

I have just come from a screening of a very interesting movie. It was an awards screening, meaning the only people in the audience were film industry employees. The guy sitting next to me was the rudest buffoon it has ever been my misfortune to encounter. He and his date talked in normal voice throughout the entire movie, mostly talking back to the screen about what may or may not happen, and what the protagonists should do. In order to escape what was surely going to become an assault with a deadly weapons charge on my part, I moved to another seat. However, this incident prompted me to write an open letter to awards screening audience members. Read on –

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Review Date: 5-29-12

Release Date: 6-1-12

Runtime: 127 minutes

Period: Vaguely Medieval

Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood

Some stories are so good that they just need to be reinterpreted every once in a while. It is therefore no surprise that Snow White has had countless incarnations over the years. The flavor of the latest go-round, Snow White and the Huntsman, is distinctly dark and scary – miles away from the sweet, frothy cartoons and singing birds that have come before. This film is fertile ground for social commentary, and if you are a university-level Women’s Studies major needing material for a thesis, look no further. This is a post-feminist, apocalyptic Snow White, complete with a villain oozing misandry. Sound intriguing?

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Shameless Self-Promotion: Dark and Stormy Night!

Daniel Roebuck, Jennifer Blaire, Faye Masterson and Dan Conroy in Dark and Stormy Night

Ladies and gentlemen, Frocktalkers of all ages!  Please come and see the fabulous film called Dark and Stormy Night!  Directed by the world-renowned genius, Larry Blamire!  Starring a cast of aces!  It’s a riot!  It’s hilarious!  Fabulous costumes (wink, wink)!!! Appropriate for human beings 7 years and older!!!  In beautiful black and white!  And screening in Los Angeles at the New Beverly Cinema!!!!

Showtimes:  Sunday, July 25 at 5:40PM and 9:20 PM; Monday, July 26 at 9:20 PM; Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 PM and Thursday, July 29 at 7:30

New Beverly Cinema:  7165 West Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (one block west of La Brea)  (323) 938-4038

— KMB



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