"To entertain, inspire, frighten, teach, and entice as many readers as possible." - Keith Helinski
Wastin' Away Press features Keith Helinski's writings, ranging from short stories online to movie reviews over the years. Also features an assortment of Keith's interests. If you like what you see, check out Wastin' Away Press's official Facebook.
”The news reporters would show Nick Dunne, husband of the missing woman, standing metallically next to his father-in-law, arms crossed, eyes glazed, looking almost bored as Amy’s parents wept. And then worse. My longtime response, the need to remind people I wasn’t a dick, I was a nice guy despite the affectless stare, the haughty, douchebag face. So there it came, out of nowhere, as Rand begged for his daughter’s return: a killer smile.”— Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl.
As far as a finale goes - it was good. Wasn’t awesome or epic like ‘Six Feet Under’ or ‘Breaking Bad.’ Wasn’t terrible or disappointing like ‘The X-Files’ or ‘Dexter.’ It was much like the show had been, more of the same. Nothing wrong with that at all.
I won’t miss it as it overstayed its welcome four seasons ago, but it’s nice to see a show find a decent enough closure (which is rare). Wish Alan Ball wrote/directed the finale. That would have been more fitting.
I wrote this piece (a review/paper) for a film class I took at my local community college (Macomb) exactly ten years ago. 2004 was the year I wrote A LOT. With the stuff I wrote for MovieFreak (which I am proud to share), I was also writing a lot for classes (which I am more selective in sharing). This particular piece here, I am not proud of. The writing is bad. I didn’t proof-read the draft I handed to the teacher. I don’t even remember what grade I earned.
However, I HAVE to share this piece now, in honor of…
It’s interesting to look at some of Robin Williams’ films. As funny as he was, he sure picked some profound movies with dark themes: suicide.
What Dreams May Come, Patch Adams, and Dead Poets Society includes a significant character that commits suicide at some point in the film; and all three films focus on Robin Williams’ reaction to that suicide. Another film of his that strongly focuses on suicide is World Greatest Dad (which I’ve never seen).
Morbid doesn’t even come close to describe how bizarre Robin Williams passing is when you look at these films of his.
I recommend Dead Poets Society to anyone that has not seen it. Robin Williams has gone on record many times throughout the years, saying it was one of his favorite film experiences. So many inspiring lessons to learn from it. Robin Williams character in the film even says: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Pains me to admit it, but the new ‘Ninja Turtles’ isn’t half-shell bad. Despite it being a Michael Bay production, and like a Michael Bay production, blending a bunch of movies together unoriginally (this time around, mixing ‘The Amazing Spiderman,’ ‘Batman Begins,’ and the original ‘Ninja Turtles’ film). Still, it wasn’t the train-wreck I expected (and my expectations was quite low). Much better than anything ‘Transformers’ related (and less head-ache inducing). And also a better movie than the second ‘Spiderman 2.’
From a nostalgic level of being a kid brought up by the Ninja Turtles, the film was enjoyably dumb, which is fitting since it is about Ninja Turtles. Certainly wasn’t as bad as Ninja Turtles 3! Now that was a bad movie!
This was a very short piece I wrote summer of 2003. It was written in-between the days/weeks/months AFTER The Vanguard days and BEFORE MovieFreak, while I was writing very heavily on my (regretfully) deleted Live Journal account I had then.
This is not a GREAT review by any means. And it isn’t edited. This was my style then.
I bought the Terminator Blu Ray box set last year, and watched the third film for the first time in years. I don’t have the same feelings toward RISE OF THE MACHINES film as I did then. Perhaps I was just a little to harsh. I still think it was a disappointment, but hardly as bad as I made it out to be. Shit, you compare it to films like TRANSFORMERS (and its sequels), Terminator 3 is a masterpiece.
The fourth film is also pretty good. Not great. Not T2. But pretty good. I am slightly curious with the new Terminator film next year. It’s either going to be great, bad, or T3!
“I thought we’d prevented Judgment Day. But now…it’s all starting again,” Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton in the Universal Studios attraction, said. That’s exactly what the tone is for T3 (technically T4 if you don’t disregard the attraction as a sequel). And later in the movie, Arnold states that mommy and Johnny boy didn’t stop Judgment Day just postponed it. T3 hits where Matrix Reloaded tried and failed to bring out a sequel with lots of effects and no bore. But what T3 fails in is the comparison of T1/T2. T1 became a cult classic with its effects, direction, while allowing a follow up to take place. T2 became timeless when the direction of CIG started affecting movie magic. I remember the first time I saw T2, I was amazed in disbelief. Robert Patrick’s performance as the ruthless villain scared the shit out of me (similar to what the T-Rex’s and Raptors did in Jurassic Park). I was hoping T3 would dazzle me in that same direction.
What made T2 even better than T1 were the drama, the plot, and the darkness that it portrayed. T3 is nothing more than a reproduction of both flicks. Nothing new; just the same plot one twice. I see now what the writers were trying to do. They weren’t trying to work a new cult classic or make a breakthrough film but simply a summer box office flick that will be forgotten years from now (will anyone remember it 2013?)
Aside from the crane scene, I did not enjoy T3 one bit. Just let it die, already! At least let it die in dignity!
I want to share this video, not because it’s a good song (it really isn’t - Weird Al’s FOIL is better).
I watched this video a few times, and was blown away with the brilliance of how well it was filmed. Notice the camera doesn’t cut away? It’s one single take - without an edit/cut. That is very difficult to choreograph, whether in movies/tv shows/or even music videos. Not a lot of film-makers attempt it (with the exception of Tarantino), because of how difficult it is. There really isn’t much action to direct in this video. It’s a simple idea, actors dancing in front of the camera, and moving along as the camera follows them on a rehearsed path. But even that is difficult to perfect just right without mistakes.
A bazillion cuts/edits spliced together doesn’t impress me. One single shot, done in one take impresses the shit out of me. Bravo, Weird Al. 8-)