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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Sound & Chaos – Documentary Review

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Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio

When the underground music scene was bubbling under the weight of commercial pop music Martin Bisi helped set-up a studio that encompassed his vision of a creative space where the sound was paramount rather than the visualisation of the increasing influence of the music video.

With the financial backing of Brian Eno who worked on his album On Land at this newly formed recording space called BC Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Another important person who helped to form BC Studio was music producer Bill Laswell.

If you think that BC Studio would-be something catering for the underground; strange noises of advant-garde sounds or loud brash punk-rock, you will be surprised that legendary keyboardist Hebbie Hancock recorded his hit Rockit at BC Studio.

Even Africa Bambaataa laid-down his roots through BC Studio.

Though other acts to record there under the direction of Martin Bisi and Bill Laswell were Sonic Youth, John Zorn, White Zombie, Boss Hog and countless others.

Something we forget in the modern digital age is the fact that BC Studio became the music studio in Brooklyn and afar to cut ones teeth, though this took many frustrating years. The outcome however was the making of Martin Bisi and Bill Laswell as well respected music producers, who were both to become quite simply ahead of their times.

Martin Bisi and Bill Laswell are musicians in their own right and continue to not only produce and record music of artists and bands, but actually record their own music and play live throughout the year.

Check out the official website for screenings [due to gathering interest globally their will be more].

Purchase or rent through Amazon – Google Play – VHX.