Mean Dreams – Film Review

Mean Dreams

Mean Dreams is a film about lost innocence amongst two teenagers who come from different backgrounds, but are struggling to maintain an existence in the countryside of the Northern territory of North America.

When new neighbours move into the small country house, it consists of single father Wayne Caraway (Bill Paxton), who is a police officer and rather violent, which is vented-out on his daughter Casey Caraway (Sophie Nélisse).

Youth has a curosity attached to it and this often leads to trouble, especially in the case of country boy Jonas Ford (Josh Wiggins).

When Jonas sees Casey he makes contact and slowly a rather innocent relationship ensues, but her father isn’t happy with this connection and later-on ends in a fight between her father and Jonas.

Mean Dreams – Official Trailer

Unfortunately Jonas isn’t going to listen to Casey’s father and finds-out why her father seems menacingly uptight – he’s a corrupt police officer.

Not only finding-out that Wayne is involved with crime, Jonas then finds a bag full of money and complicates his life by stealing it.

Jonas convinces Casey to runaway with him, and he has an idealistic notion of surviving on this money, as he falls in love with Casey.

Well, not only witnessing a police officer committing a criminal act and then profiteering; but stealing these ill-gotten gains isn’t the wisest of decisions and Casey knows all to well what her father is capable of.

The people that are left behind and not running is Jonas’ farming family who are put under-pressure for Jonas to return, with the cash.

But this thriller is well worth the watch as the cat-and-mouse game between Jonas and Wayne ensues.

Sadly, this was one of the last films Bill Paxton made before his death in 2017.

But, this is probably one of his best roles and played Wayne Caraway in a very harrowing way. Often you think he’s in the same room as you, and wait for his hand to rest on your shoulder – giving you goosebumps.

Mean Dreams is available on Amazon PrimeVideo

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Sylvia G – Interview

Sylvia G

Clown Magazine:

You’ve changed your artist name from Milow the Girl to Sylvia G, why is that?

Sylvia G:

It did not translate into who I was anymore. I think I grew out of that name. Musically and personally.

The transition happened when I left the label I was signed to in the United States.

There was no more connection to my present nor my future.

So I decided to turn the page, change to Sylvia G and follow a different road.

Response from Clown Magazine:

That makes sense to do, but you’ll have to start to promote your new artist name and build a new presence.

Clown Magazine:

Are you changing your style of music?

Sylvia G:

I felt I had to improve and challenge myself.

Explore my potential in another musicial direction that translates who I am today.

I was not growing musically and professionally.

When you perform and create music it reflects what goes on on your life, I was unhappy professionally and it showed in my music.

Response from Clown Magazine:

So, hopefully more ‘happy’ songs from you in future releases.

Clown Magazine:

What project are you working on, now?

Sylvia G:

I am writing a novel for Young Adults.

Response from Clown Magazine:

Well, from music to novels, at least you’re doing something creative.

Clown Magazine:

Have you got a new release?

Sylvia G:

Yes, my new album SOS, that was released on the 22nd March 2019.

Response from Clown Magazine:

Great! Now you can promote the ‘new’ songs and new ‘artist’ name for your audience.

Clown Magazine:

What do you have planned?

Sylvia G:

Raising awareness of environmental issues and fighting against animal cruelty.

It must become part of daily life and the way we live.

There is no more time left.

Response from Clown Magazine:

These are noble causes, you’re engaged with.

Clown Magazine:

You are on a yacht and the mask breaks, would you continue for 800km through stormy weather or would you turn back and return to port, which is 200km, but is in shark infested waters?

Sylvia G:

Sharks generally do not attack humans.

I would be more afraid if the sea was infested with people!

Response from Clown Magazine:

We think you could-be the shark whisperer!

So, no fear in those shark infested waters!

Clown Magazine:

Anything else you want to talk about, say or announce to the world?

Sylvia G:

Our planet is beautiful and majestic, but we are killing it.

We have replaced our oceans with plastic.

More than 9 million tons of plastic end-up every year in our oceans. This number is expected to double in the coming years!

We are burning our forests – rainforests, which are the ‘green’ lungs of our planet and destroying what is left of wildlife.

What will it take for you to change?

What will happen when there is nothing left on our planet.

The only way to stop this, is to change our behaviour towards our planet and to change it now.

Not only for us, but for future generations.

Everything in this world is connected.

Every action you take has an impact on another life in your community, in your village, your city or on the otherside of the world.

We should all be inspired by Greta Thunberg, this young 16 year old climate activist;

“Politicians are not mature enough to tell it as it is, we cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis… politicians have run-out of excuses while we run-out of time…”

“Our house is burning!”

Response from Clown Magazine:

You seem very dedicated to the environmental movement, causes and issues.

Clown Magazine:

We would like to thank Sylvia G for this interview and wish you well – in your creative and activism endeavours.

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Hell and High Water – Film Review

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You will burst into laughter within the first thirty seconds of watching Hell and High Water, which is supposed to be a drama rather than a comedy.

To really get to the point of Hell and High Water, this line sums it up – delivered by a Texas farmer sitting in the town’s diner amongst his fellow farmers.

Long enough to watch the banks robbing-me for over thirty years

The Texas attitude and dry heat is finely depicted, together with the Texas drolling accent.

Hell and High Water Trailer

Hell and High Water is a good old fashion bank robbery film, which has the payback attitude that actually stems-back to The Great Depression era of the 1920s and 30s Amercia; when many people including the weathly lost everything and suffered miserably, which is what banks have been doing ever since – being protected by the government to steal from the masses!

The bank robbers are two brothers Tanner (Ben Foster), who is the eldest and has just got out of prison and Toby Howard (Chris Pine), who has been struggling in the dusty fields they call home.

Everything that is on the otherside of the tracks comes to an end, and justice becomes only an inch away, with lead Texas Ranger investigator Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges), who takes his job seriously, but at the pace of an exhausted rattlesnake.

The end of the film is rather poignant and without spoiling it, you just have to watch Hell and High Water.

You will not be disappointed with Hell and High Water, as it has been well-crafted and perfectly delivered by all that star in this film.