As the big summer movie season is winding down and soon it will be Oscar season, it’s that time of the year to figure out what my top ten movies of the year, as we just passed the halfway point of the year. At this point I have seen 54 new movies, and once again, this includes any new or old movie that I have seen for the first time. And so the first cut, is the easiest, as I get rid of any movie that didn’t come out in 2014.
But as the final ten movies are locked it, a few just missed the cut, and those were Godzilla and Life Itself. I was one of the few people who enjoyed Godzilla, even with its issues, and Life Itself was a great look at Roger Ebert, a man who all of us who review movies want to be like.
But enough about the ones that didn’t make it, let’s get to My Top Ten Movies Of 2014 (So Far).
Veronica Mars Directed by Rob Thomas
Written by Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero
Starring: Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter, Tina Majorino, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Jerry O’Connell, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III
Running Time: 107 Minutes | PG-13
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Limited Theatrical Release, also available via iTunes and VOD
Partially Funded by Kickstarter
It’s been a long time coming, but my fellow marshmallows and I have finally gotten that Veronica Mars movie we have wanted, ever since the television series got cancelled. And if you are even familiar with Kickstarter, perhaps this was the reason you heard about, it wouldn’t have happened without all the fans who donated their money to make this happen. The project broke numerous records as they pulled their forces (91,585 people) and raised $5,702,153.
It started off as a small project, but word quickly spread and the rest is history, leading to this day, when we can walk into a theater and see Veronica Mars on the big screen. As of now, it is showing in limited theaters, for me, my local AMC theaters, but I know it’s expanding into another theater in a few weeks. I am guessing how many more will depend on how well the movie does at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, it earned just over a million on late Thursday and Friday screenings.
But was it worth the wait? Was it worth my donation? Let’s talk about that more later.
On Friday, we brought you coverage of the panel at San Diego Comic-Con for the Veronica Mars movie.
During the panel, a sneak peek was shown of the very first footage from the upcoming movie. The video has been released online, so you can watch it now in full here below.
Video begins with a tease of footage from the film, which is a continuation of the cancelled television series starring Kristen Bell (the show aired from 2004-2007). It then segues into how the movie was funded through a Kickstarter campaign. It goes on to give a behind-the-scenes look at the filming, as well as cast and crew interviews and video diaries, before diving back into scenes from the new movie, which finds Veronica Mars (Bell) 10 years after we last saw her in high school. She’s older and more mature, yet still witty and quick, though she’s left her PI days behind her and works as a lawyer, no longer interested in sleuthing. But after going to her high school reunion and seeing all the old gang, her old investigative instincts kick in.
A year ago, no one would have expected to see a Veronica Mars panel at San Diego Comic-Con. However, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the show is back in movie form and is in the middle of production. The cast along with producer/director Rob Thomas were on hand to discuss what was going on with the film as well as showing off footage that was hot off the presses. The cast members who appeared on the panel today included Kristen Bell, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Diggs III, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, and Krysten Ritter.
Check out our photo gallery from today’s panel here below! And watch the video footage from the film here.
The panel was moderated by Jeff Jensen, and started off with a clip that showed plenty of footage from the TV show and a bit of background on the Kickstarter campaign. After that, we got the first look at the movie. The film catches up with everyone 10 years after their high school graduation. Veronica is working as a lawyer in New York, and is being interviewed by Jamie Lee Curtis. She hasn’t worked as a PI since the last time we saw her. She then goes back for her high school reunion and gets back with the old gang. All of the dialogue and the characters felt just like they did in the series.