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Josh Spiegel

Josh Spiegel contributes to Sound on Sight as a podcaster, its chief film critic, and editor of the Film section. (And that's just in his free time.) He started up the all-encompassing Disney film podcast Mousterpiece Cinema in June of 2011, and joined Sound on Sight officially in January of 2012. He joined the ranks of the Sound on Sight flagship podcast in early 2013. He's also a member of the Online Film Critics Society.

Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 146: ‘The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story’

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It’s a big week here on Mousterpiece Cinema, as Gabe and Josh take a look back at the shared and separate lives of Richard and Robert Sherman, the two men responsible for some of the most memorable pieces of music in the Walt Disney Company. If you’ve ever had “It’s ...

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‘Maleficent’ boasts a memorable lead performance and little else

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Maleficent Written by Linda Woolverton Directed by Robert Stromberg USA, 2014 Every year or so, apropos of very little, the Walt Disney Company will showcase a new series of ads courtesy of acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, in which a celebrity plays one of the company’s iconic human characters, whether it’s ...

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‘Palo Alto’ a fine debut feature for another talented member of the Coppola family

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Palo Alto Written and directed by Gia Coppola USA, 2013 The disaffection of youth is a familiar theme in modern American cinema, and one of its most recognizable creators is Sofia Coppola. It’s hard not to think of her films, from The Virgin Suicides to The Bling Ring, while watching ...

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‘Cold in July’ a mildly suspenseful revenge tale that remains too familiar

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Cold in July Written by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle Directed by Jim Mickle USA, 2013 In his last film, the horror remake We Are What We Are, co-writer and director Jim Mickle succeeded primarily because he took as long as possible to make explicit what was really going on ...

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 145: ‘Million Dollar Arm’

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There are few things more associated with summer in America than our national pastime of baseball. So there’s no better time for Walt Disney Pictures to release a baseball drama based on a true story, right? Well, while that may be true in theory, in execution, their latest film, Million ...

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ a decent return to form for director Bryan Singer

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Written by Simon Kinberg Directed by Bryan Singer USA, 2014 It may be a slightly ominous sign that the best scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past features a totally new character to the infinite universe of mutants, who then all but vanishes from the ...

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‘The Love Punch’ an unmemorable would-be jaunty caper for leads Brosnan and Thompson

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The Love Punch Written and directed by Joel Hopkins UK, 2013 The Love Punch is the latest entry in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel subgenre of modern British cinema, in which a group of elder-statesmen performers go to an even remotely exotic locale to partake in a series of hopefully ...

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 144: ‘Teacher’s Pet’

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Welcome, everyone, to a very important podcast-cum-intervention, wherein Josh finally gets Gabe to open up about why exactly he hates dogs. Sure, this episode is ostensibly about the 2004 Disney film Teacher’s Pet, but it’s all just a ruse to get Gabe to reveal his past childhood traumas. It turns ...

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‘Godzilla’ a genuinely exciting spectacle with incredible setpieces

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Godzilla Written by Max Borenstein Directed by Gareth Edwards USA, 2014 It’s been almost 16 years to the day since Roland Emmerich attempted and failed to bring Godzilla to a wider American audience, a mistake almost as gargantuan as the monster itself was an accident of nuclear radiation and mutation. ...

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‘Million Dollar Arm’ a decent, but not truly memorable, sports drama/showcase for Jon Hamm

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Million Dollar Arm Written by Tom McCarthy Directed by Craig Gillespie USA, 2014 There’s a scene roughly halfway through Million Dollar Arm that speaks to the film’s inherently generic nature. In it, our ostensible hero, workaholic agent/pitchman Don Draper—er, J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is brought in to talk with USC ...

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‘Chef’ a mildly enjoyable film that breaks from Jon Favreau’s recent workmanlike blockbusters

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Chef Written and directed by Jon Favreau USA, 2014 It’s been roughly 7 years since Pixar released their best film to date, Ratatouille, which manages to be both a celebration of food and of the creative spirit. A great artist, that film argues, can come from even the most unlikely ...

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‘God’s Pocket’ strands an immensely talented ensemble in a tonally unfocused drama

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God’s Pocket Written by John Slattery and Alex Metcalf Directed by John Slattery USA, 2014 Whatever its initial intentions were, it’s now impossible to watch John Slattery’s feature directorial debut God’s Pocket without feeling intensely depressed due to the presence of its leading actor, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s ...

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