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Aros
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Dear Veronica Mars,

I'm happy that your Kickstarter took off, becoming one of the biggest success stories in crowdfunding. Ever. I'm also delighted that people are watching your show. Yes, it was cancelled, but it's really experienced a rebirth on Netflix with sites like TV.com shouting your praise.

And now you have a movie. It comes out on Friday in theaters, but it'll also be available on demand. Sure people are nervous. A lot of eyes are on you, right? And why not!? 270 theaters around the country SOUNDS like a lot. And if I can't get in, I can always watch it Video On Demand. The reviews are great too. But everyone was paid up front, right, with the Kickstarter, so all earnings are just gravy.

It was a long time ago, but I didn't think you'd do me like this Veronica. So, I get on Fandango. Only one theater in Utah? Seriously? Okay, I don't mind driving to Layton. Clickety-click click. But there's no available seats this weekend? The one theater in Utah showing your movie is virtually sold out?!?! Veronica, do you think 270 theaters is enough? Really? You've already paid off your production costs. Why won't you take my money?

I wanted to support crowdfunding. I wanted to help, even if I am a little late to the Kickstarter party. But I guess I'm not cool enough. We USED to be friends. But I guess I'm just an acquaintance. Hopefully the torrents show up quick and we can still spend Friday night together (j/k -- I would NEVER torrent you Veronica).

Your former pal,

Aros

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Dear Joss Whedon,

I'm sure you've heard about the success Rob Thomas is having with Veronica Mars. I'm writing you about a little-known show called Firefly. Do you know about Kickstarter?

I have a cunning plan. . . .

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Dear Rob Thomas.

I had no idea you made television shows in addition to singing in the band Matchbox 20. You are even more talented than previously believed, and considering you got to work with Santana, that is saying something.

And don't worry about that time you released a song called Bent, and people in the U.K. got upset as it happens to be their slang term for gay and lyrics about how you need to be fixed were none too progressive in such light. Again, don't worry about that. I'm sure no one remembers at all.

-that guy who likes some of your stuff
Achilles

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Aros
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Dear Achilles,

Please stop being a troll. That's a different Rob Thomas. They've all been cancelled, and he can't seem to get a job. [Frown]

An annoyed Matchbox 20 hater,

Aros

[ March 12, 2014, 05:35 PM: Message edited by: Aros ]

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Dear Thread,

You seemed funny, then the bickering started.

Oh well.

-scifibum

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Aros
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Dear Me,

You're not skilled at sarcastic humor, and you're just bitter that no one named Rob Thomas can be successful.

Stop being a jerk,

Aros

PS: I actually kind of did like Matchbox 20. But that was just the 90s. And the dream of the 90s is only (currently) alive in Portland.

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And apparently one theater in Utah.
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Dear Kristen Bell,

Were you shot digitally? I hope you're ok.

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Dear Portland movie theaters,

Why, in a metro area as artsy-fartsy and heavily-populated as Portland, are you not showing Veronica Mars? I see that it is showing in Vancouver, Washinton (across the river from us).

This boggles my mind. I will likely drive to Vancouver, since it isn't very far from my house, but I don't understand how a city this 'hip' can fail to show this fine feature film. The theme song is from a local band even!

Grrr.

Dustin

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I guess the dream of the 90s ISN'T alive in Portland.

Sad face.

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---- DEAR READER: FIREFLY SPOILERS BELOW -----

Dear Joss Whedon,

WHY DID YOU KILL WASH YOU SICK BASTARD??

- vineyarddawg

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Dear Bryan Fuller,

Pushing Daisies. Big screen. Musical.

That is all.

- Bel

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Dear DirecTV -

If you have Veronica Mars available on demand when I get home tonight, I will pay you to let me watch it. If you don't, then I hate you and will drive to Vancouver on a night my wife isn't working.

Me

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Dear Bay Area,

Thanks for being big and hip enough that there were so many local showings I could find one relatively close and not even uncomfortably packed. It pays off to live in you sometimes.

Dear Veronica Mars movie,

We're still friends. Thanks for making the copious fan service fit reasonably well into the structure of your film. Thanks for hitting all the notes. You tried to be Serenity without taking as many risks, and it worked for you.

And I'll even forgive the squealing teenage girls, because hell, I squealed along with them.

I'll be seeing you again soon,
-Dan

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quote:
Originally posted by DustinDopps:
Dear Portland movie theaters,

Why, in a metro area as artsy-fartsy and heavily-populated as Portland, are you not showing Veronica Mars? I see that it is showing in Vancouver, Washinton (across the river from us).

This boggles my mind. I will likely drive to Vancouver, since it isn't very far from my house, but I don't understand how a city this 'hip' can fail to show this fine feature film. The theme song is from a local band even!

Grrr.

Dustin

It's interesting to me that all the hippest theaters, in Berkeley for example, are NOT showing the movie. It's mostly the bigger chain theaters, particularly AMC, of which we have a couple.
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It's because film adaptations of older media are so mainstream.
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I just dug through my kickstarter updates and the movie is being shown almost exclusively at AMC theaters. Only a few cities, like Portland, Vancouver and Lubbock, TX have non-AMC theaters showing it (and Portland, btw, has two theaters showing it: Cinetopia in Beaverton and the Living Room).

I don't know if it was an exclusive agreement with AMC, but I'm also sure that plenty of theaters, especially smaller, independents, might be leery of showing the movie because of the same day video release. It'll be interesting to see how it does in theaters.

But to the point of this thread:

Dear VM movie:

I enjoyed you, although I'm not sure how much someone who didn't already love you would enjoy you.

You tidied things up nicely and appropriately and in that oh-so-Veronica way.

-Ris

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Dear Risuena -

Thank you for mentioning that the movie is showing at Living Room Theaters in Portland. The reason it did not show up in my Fandango search is because they labelled it "Veronica Mars - The Fan Experience" for some reason. And the run-time is 30 minutes longer than the regular film.

I am confused, but intrigued.

Sincerely,

DD

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The listed runtime everywhere I've seen (including the theater I went to) is 1 hr 8 minutes, but the version I saw definitely ran much longer than that. I didn't time it, but it was at minimum an hour and a half.

I wonder if the standard runtime lists are just mistaken? Or are there really two versions with that significant a runtime difference?

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The runtime on Fandango is 1 hour 48 minutes. The one at Living Room Theaters (the "fan experience") is 2 hours 17 minutes.
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Whaaaat, what's the difference???? Now I am jealous.
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