"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.
"Science fiction loves to warn. Remember, science fiction has always been a kind of first-level alert to think about things to come. It’s easier fro an audience to heed warnings from sci-fi without feeling that we’re preaching to them."
"From a historical perspective, the Second World War seems really cut and dried, or black and white. But inside a war, and inside combat, it’s technically chaotic and personally very chaotic and personally very contradictory. When we look back from the standpoint of history, we can say, ‘Oh yeah, World War II clearly set the good and the bad apart from one another.’ But inside combat, the issue is never that clear. To the soldiers fighting the war, it can be very confusing."
"I didn’t make it [Jurassic Park] to change the way people saw the world. I made the movie because it was entertaining and it was the kind of movie I wanted to see, which is my motivation for making a lot of my movies…I’d always wanted to do a dinosaur movie. So this in a sense was my hobby movie."
"For me E.T. was both the quintessential story of my childhood and at the same time the end of my childhood, and it gave me the courage, based on its success, to start to tackle more adult subjects. E.T. gave me a kind of free pass to fail."
"I can make those bicycles lift off. We can do that. But John rewrites my movies musically. John Williams makes them truly airborne, because the audience lifts off the ground on John Williams’ violins. And the audience is carried across the moon or the sun with John’s string section and his horns later on when they land. I think the last 15 minutes of E.T. is close to an opera, because of John Williams’ contribution to that movie."
I think the greatest thing is when people at least make an effort to communicate, reaching out, focusing on the other person, making eye contact with the person they are trying to communicate with, and that person isn’t getting it, and when that person doesn’t get it, you have to try harder and be resourceful and inventive in trying different ways to get your message across.
The more people spend time in a locked room, forced to bridge a language barrier, the deeper those souls connect. Deep friendships are forged when people work hard because they care enough to express to you how they’re feeling about something. And that was the bonding of E.T. and Elliott - the two souls who absolutely require each other for a very short time, so they can both survive in a spiritual way.
"From behind them, on Newbury Street, came the unmistakable hollow bang-and-jingle of a car crash, followed by screams. The screams were followed by another explosion, this one louder, concussive, hammering the day. Behind the Mister Softee truck, another car swerved across three lanes of Boylston Street and into the courtyard of the Four Seasons, mowing down a couple of pedestrians and then plowing into the back of the previous car, which had finished with its nose crumpled into the revolving doors. This second crash shoved the first car farther into the revolving doors, bending them askew. Clay couldn’t see if anyone was trapped in there - clouds of steam were rising from the first car’s breached radiator - but the agonized shrieks from the shadows suggested bad things. Very bad."
"…a real artist knows the actual anatomy of the terrible or the physiology of fear - the exact sort of lines and proportions that connect up with latent instincts or hereditary memories of fright, and the proper colour contrasts and lighting effects to stir the dormant sense of strangeness."