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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Spotlight On: Costume Illustrator Phillip Boutte!

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Phillip Boutte is one of the hottest costume illustrators in town.  With a resume that includes box-office behemoths like Inception, Man of Steel, Twilight/Breaking Dawn, and Star Trek, his rise has been meteoric. We sat down to breakfast and ended up talking about everything from new rendering programs to racism in the media.  I really adore Phillip and am so excited to share this interview with you.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?

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Twilight/New Moon Fans – Get your jewelry here for less!

OK. So I liked the movie(s), but I am by no means a “Twi-Hard”.  I was nonetheless impressed by what I saw yesterday at Nordstrom Rack at the Bridge/Howard Hughes:  Twilight/New Moon jewelry, fully licensed, on sale for under $8. They had earrings, necklaces, keychains… and what was interesting is that every piece was stamped with the production company’s info:  Summit Entertainment.  It’s a remarkable tie-in, really!  None of this has to do with costume design, per se, but I thought it was interesting, using jewelry and accessories to market the film – what do you think?


Fans of Glittery-Skinned Blood-Suckers Invade Westwood!

Okay, so I am all for being a movie fan. But this? This is nuts!! Since last Wednesday, 11-11-09, people have started to line up on the streets of Westwood for the Twilight: New Moon premiere. The premiere is tonight, Monday 11-16-09. These people are not waiting in line for tickets. No, they are waiting in line just to get a glimpse of their favorite actors as they walk the red carpet. Some might call this folly; others might call it devotion. I call it amazing, so I took some pictures to share with you.

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Comic Con: Preview Day!

OK, so today was the “preview” day/night of Comic Con.  Let me tell you, it was overrun with people, already.  The line just to pick up passes was a quarter-mile long, no joke.  But the best thing happened when I was walking up to the convention center.  That’s when I saw THIS GUY:

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Review Date: 3-28-09
Release Date:  11-21-08
Runtime:  122 min.
Period: contemporary, 2008, plus fantasy
Costume Designer: Wendy Chuck

I have decided to make these reviews a little shorter, when I can, to keep me from procrastinating.  My first effort at this is Twilight.  Based on the wildly popular series of books by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight is the first in what will surely also become a series of films, aimed squarely at teenaged girls.
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