This afternoon, Sony previewed new footage from the you're-anticipating-it-more-than-you-think-you-are reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, "The Amazing Spider-Man." The event was simulcast in four cities -- New York, Los Angeles, London and Rio de Janiero -- but only the post-Super Bowl crowd in the Big Apple was treated to an in-person visit by star Andrew Garfield.
When "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" first premiered on May 19, 1999, it had been 16 years since the last new Star Wars movie. So, yes, there was a lot of anticipation and speculation. That's a stark contrast to this week, which finds "The Phantom Menace" being re-released in 3D to a collective shrug amongst even the most die hard "Star Wars" fans. That's a far cry from the lead up to its original release, which caused a very young Internet to explode with crazy rumors about the new film; rumors that were, for the most part, not true.
Today, as you're reading this, a new "found footage" film titled "Chronicle" is playing at your local theater. But there's something that makes "Chronicle" slightly more interesting than past entries in this genre: It's not a horror movie. "Chronicle" is the tale of three high school students -- Andrew, the shy loner; Matt, Andrew's slightly more outgoing cousin; and Steve, the popular star athlete -- who develop mysterious powers after an encounter with an unexplained, underground orb-like object. "Chronicle" is an interesting movie. So interesting, in fact, that Jordan Hoffman (from Next Movie, /Film and formerly UGO's movies editor) and myself decided that an Obsessive Chat was necessary. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)