Thursday, July 16, 2009

High Museum launches new blog, doomsday in sight

Posted By on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Above: A trailer for Kiss Me Deadly. The 1995 film "channels post-war nuclear paranoia into a noir that is as uncompromising in its cynicism as in its artistic vision," according to Livia Bloom of the Nantucket Film Festival. Bloom is one of many film experts who contributed this week to Films at the High, the High Museum's entry into the ever-swelling ranks of Atlanta arts and culture blogs. As Curator of Films Linda Dubler writes in the film blog's inaugural post:

Films at the High wants to solidify our 'cool-kid' status, so we’re trying something new this summer. Using this WordPress space, we’ll treat your eyes to top ten lists, Curator’s film picks and even some YouTube Film Festivals.

The Films at the High blog is currently running a theme on apocalyptic movies, in honor of the High's current photography exhibition by Richard Misrach, On the Beach (on view through August 23). Of course, Misrach's photos aren't doomsday pictures. His artist statement merely points to 9/11 as the cultural milieu surrounding and informing his imagery. There's a sense of dread that viewers may or may not attribute to any particular disaster.

Fortunately, the blog's also an opportunity for staffers at the High to sport their low-brow credentials. Top picks include Shaun of the Dead and Resident Evil, as well as more sophisticated, artsy titles.

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