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Runco Staff Review - No Country for Old Men

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

by Thomas Aquino

Directors, producers, and screenwriters, Joel and Ethan Coen, created a great visual interpretation of the 2005 Cormac McCarthy novel, No Country for Old Men. The plot follows that of the novel with the addition of capturing the visual aspect of the open Texas landscape, which is beyond spectacular on the new Runco Q-750d LED projector because of its ability to dial colors and add dimensionality and depth to every image. Combine that with the building tension through silent scenes and deliberate sound effects and the cinematography easily allows the audience to feel the calm pace and simple world of a small town.

The cast portrays each character accurately to their surrounding and assumed upbringing.  Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) has clearly upheld the law in the small Texas town through community relationships rather than brute force. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) has worked hard for the life he leads and when presented with what seems to be an easy bonus, he takes it on the grounds of providing for his family.

This movie left me wanting to see more of a glimpse into Anton Chigurh’s (Javier Bardem) life and how his psychopathic thoughts lead him to that small Texas town.

Runco Staff Review - Just Keep Swimming

Thursday, May 20, 2010

By Duane Castillo, Runco Inside Sales

There’s a scene in Finding Nemo where Dory and Marlin are in a whale and Marlin says to Dory:

"I promised I wouldn’t let anything happen to him"

To which Dory responds:

"That’s a funny thing to promise. If nothing ever happens to him, then nothing will EVER happen to him and that’s no fun for little Harpo."

This movie is a classic because its message is timeless - let the people you love, live life. You may think you are protecting them because you love them and that is the right thing to do, but if you do not loosen the grip sometimes neither of you will ever experience all the wonderful things out there. I know the world is not perfect and is not always safe. However, it is the world we live in and there are so many amazing things to see and do that once in a while it is worth the risk of stepping outside the safety of your fortress.

Finding Nemo has taught me that LIFE is out there and happening and if you are not living it then what is the point? If you are not living, then you are dead and for that reason I think everyone should see this movie at least once because by the end of it you may just decide to keep swimming.

With its ability to display the largest color gamut the Runco LED Q-750d would be my projector of choice for watching Finding Nemo. The Q-750d can display colors like never before - finally, a projector that can do justice for animated masterpieces.

Runco Staff Review - The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

By Matt Christensen, Runco Sales

“They formed an alliance of hate to steal a fortune in dead man’s gold.” Actual movie tagline.

It’s hard to imagine a cold Sunday afternoon in February without catching some glimpse of this movie on TV. It’s the quintessential epic spaghetti western film that starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach in their respective title roles. This film is the final in the “Dollars Trilogy” that also included classics A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). Although it is often seen as a “Classic” movie, the initial critical reviews were very harsh due to the high degree of violence (very tame for today’s standards) and because it was a spaghetti western, which was widely seen as inferior movie making and not real “art”. What did they know??

Because the movie is so long (2h, 45m) the multi-layered plot takes a while to completely unfold. The bottom line is the two main characters create an Survivor-like alliance to scam bounty hunting rewards and end up in a race against a third to find a jackpot of gold buried in a war-time cemetery. What I find interesting about this film is the way the director, Sergio Leone, makes the setting of Civil War era America seem very gritty and harsh. The audience is left with a feeling that living in this part of the country, during these times, would be anything but attractive, which only adds to the toughness of each of the characters in the film.

This is not a date-night movie nor one to start at midnight after a few beers. But, if you’re looking for a good way to work off the extra bowls of chili and waste away a sub-zero degree day watching some good man-movies, then The Good, Bad and the Ugly is a must-see. You will never forget the opening score, nor where the money is hidden!

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