The Essential Steven Spielberg

… and incidentally why he’s so popular:

Spielberg is one of the greatest screen stylists in history, but he is a deeply conventional in his thinking. He has the imagination of a white suburban baby boomer who grew up wholly enamored of America’s civic mythology, where figures like Abraham Lincoln (like the citizen soldiers of the Second World War) loom like gods.

Read the rest of the review; it’s pretty good.


I have this thing here

But who cares. Here’s a photo:
rest stop hillside

I took that with my digital last Sunday when I went up to Winchester. I also took some film photos, but most of them didn’t come out that great. Either I need a new battery for the camera, or I need to not use the cheap UV filter I bought at Walmart. I don’t know, does modern print film now compensate for UV better than it did when the Canon AE-1 Program was new? Photos I’ve taken without a filter look great.

Fun With Film

I bought a cheap-o film converter for twenty bucks at CVS. Now I can do something with all those old negatives I have in a box. Here’s my first effort:

mac and cheese

(Click for bigger.) I took this about ten or eleven years ago when I was living in Central Florida. I think I had moved from my studio apartment to a one bedroom that was still pretty small, but not as small as the studio. The image quality isn’t the greatest, but what do you want for twenty bucks. Also, the negatives were in a box and had gone through several moves and storage in a variety of temperatures. These were at least in negative protectors. The converter also does slides and photos, but I don’t have any of the former (I haven’t gotten into slide film yet) and I have a regular scanner for photos. Though I wonder if just using this will be easier, at least to get quick copies up on the internet. Note: it only does 35mm film (again, what do you want for twenty bucks), but I’ve got a pile of that.