Way back in 2015, The Frankenstein Chronicles premiered in the U.K., but just last month it showed up on Netflix here in the states. At least now we get both seasons, the second having aired in 2017. As the title implies, this is a riff on Mary Shelley’s story, but rather obliquely so. Set in... Read more →
We’ve mentioned a few times that Patreon supporters and those who send individual donations are welcome to request historical costume movie reviews, and we’ll put those at the top of our list. There’s no guarantee, of course, since some films and TV shows are hard to find or simply don’t qualify as a frock flick.... Read more →
Today we celebrate French actress Dominique Blanc, who has been a staple in period flicks since the early-’90s. I first remember seeing her as Isabelle Adjani‘s saucy sidekick in Queen Margot (1994), and from then on, it seemed like she was everywhere in period films. Most recently, she had a cameo in the first season of Versailles... Read more →
The Death of Louis XIV (2016) has been on my watch-list for a while now, and I recently scored a DVD of it. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this film, and I knew going in that it probably would be less of a period piece and more of a conceptual exploration of the decline and... Read more →
You may (or may not) have noticed some website wonkiness over the past few days — that’s because we’re moving frockflicks.com to new servers that should be able to better handle all our snarky goodness! As a result, we need a little time off from blogging to make sure everything works behind the scenes. Thanks... Read more →
Our standing joke-not-a-joke is that we don’t review historical costume movies set when I was alive, since I’m the oldest staff member. That means the movie or TV show has to take place before the 1960s. But I’m going to break my own rules here, because every now and then, I kinda sorta do enjoy... Read more →
We bitch about remakes here at Frock Flicks, and I know there are big fans of the 1934 Scarlet Pimpernel out there. But I’m going to sing the praises of the 1982 Scarlet Pimpernel today. Because when you have 48 years between a substantial remake (which is almost as long as I’ve been alive), it... Read more →
Whatever happened to Justine Waddell? She had tons of ingenue roles in the 1990s, from Tess of the d’Urbervilles to Great Expectations to Wives & Daughters. And then, kaput. She hasn’t even acted since 2011. Anyone know why? Because I miss her! Do you miss Justine Waddell too?
Controversial opinion ahead: No, I don’t always care if an actor looks exactly like the historical figure she or he is portraying in a frock flick. That’s what the costume is for. I don’t need the actor to be X feet tall or have the same shape of nose or the exact color of hair.... Read more →
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James Keast isn’t a name you hear regularly mentioned, but he’s got a lengthy body of work that’s really quite impressive. He seems to emphasize historical accuracy, which makes me happy, and some of his work are real standouts (Aristocrats, Mr Selfridge, The Scandalous Lady W). Let’s take a tour through this fabulous costume designer’s work, with... Read more →
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