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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The Exorcist – Live at the Geffen Playhouse

I have a particular fondness for the “scary movie” genre, having designed many of these kinds of films in my career. When I heard that the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles was going to be putting up a production of perhaps one of the most famous (and scary) movies of all time – The Exorcist – I knew I had to see it. How do you translate the fear, horror, and especially special effects (head spinning, projectile vomiting, crab walking and defying gravity) of the original film to the stage? I was really curious.

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The Road

Review Date: 11-30-09

Release Date: 11-25-09

Runtime: 112 min.

Period: Future, post-apocalypse

Costume Designer: Margot Wilson

The Road is a film based on the 2006 novel by Cormac McCarthy. Set in post-apocalyptic America, it is the story of a father and son’s journey through a desolate wasteland, literally and figuratively. Thematically, the film deals with one’s purpose in life, the reason for living, and our interdependence – not only on our ecosystem, but also on each other. This movie is difficult to watch, but it is profoundly moving.

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