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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Bombs, Spies, Torture and Violence: Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall

Two films are out for your holiday viewing: both feature mind-numbing violence, explosions, espionage, gun battles, torture and death. One is based on actual events, and the other is based on a well-known set of novels. The stories are so outrageous; it’s hard to tell which one is standing in front of the mirror and which one is the reflection.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Frocktalkers, I am wishing you and your friends/family a very happy Thanksgiving. In this difficult time when we have all experienced the economic meltdown, absence of work, pay cuts and/or lack of qualifying union hours, let’s look at what we have, shall we? We have our filmmaking/costume community. We have our art form. We have the freedom to walk casually down Santa Monica Boulevard wearing nothing but strategically placed feathers, if that’s what we want to do. By gum, we have unlimited creative liberty in this country, and even if Good Morning America drops Adam Lambert as their guest, he can still do his thing on The Early Show. That is what Thanksgiving is all about! This year, I give thanks for the creative freedoms we have (at least, in LA) that we so often take for granted. Now pass the cranberry sauce!!  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!


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