Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Posted By Matt Brennan @TheFilmgoerFrom its droll premise, Tulane University graduate Matt Ogens' documentary Meet the Hitlers follows the infamous moniker back into the past and out into the world, finding subjects in such far-flung locales as Salt Lake City, Utah, Ecuador and the Rhineland. What might have been merely a gimmick resolves into a strange and strangely powerful portrait of bloodlines and family ties, by turns funny, upsetting and affecting. "It's been a little journey, people asking me about my name," carpenter Hitler Gutierrez says, but Meet the Hitlers is nothing of the sort: it contains multitudes.
It screens twice at the New Orleans Film Festival. Ogens previously directed the documentary Confessions of a Superhero, about people who impersonate comic book heroes at Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Ogens also has directed projects for ESPN.
Marshalling a colorful band of Hitlers, Hittlers, Hitler parodists, Hitler imitators and Hitler researchers, from 16-year-old Emily to 80-year-old Gene, the film turns out to be as interested in the practice of naming as in the name itself. With artful, kitschy montages of family photos, drivers' licenses, household clutter and suburban streets, Ogens depicts the diverse fabrics from which identity is made, and the connection, however superficial, to history's most notorious villain elicits a similarly wide range of responses. Shame, humor, sorrow and pride all shadow the film, as if the very word "Hitler" is in the eye of the beholder. "It's sooo Hittler!" a friend exclaims as Emily twirls in a frilly, sparkly pink dress; "I'm a stranger," says German Romano Lukas Hitler, who claims to be Adolf Hitler's nephew. "I'm a stranger everywhere. The only person I have is God."
From these loose ends — a New Jersey neo-Nazi, an artist living in Oregon, a journalist searching for Adolf Hitler's last living relations in a Long Island, New York village — Meet the Hitlers weaves a remarkable narrative of disparate people linked as much by a craving for kinship as they are by the titular surname.
"I will never die as long as I have family," Gene says, before showing his daughters their ancestors' graves.
"This is the only place left for the Hitler family," Romano says, pointing to his own burial plot.
As the film's subjects pore over archives and heirlooms, we learn that Adolf Hitler's remaining descendants, brothers living under an assumed name in the United States, made a pact never to bear children.
What's in a name? Maybe everything, the surprisingly poignant Meet the Hitlers suggests, or maybe only what we decide to make of it.
Meet the Hitlers screens in the Documentary Feature competition at the New Orleans Film Festival:
- 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17; Theatres at Canal Place 9
- 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19; Contemporary Arts Center
Posted by Dr. Know-it-all at 10:43 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Read some of the hilarious conversations here:
Posted by Dr. Know-it-all at 6:03 AM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Saturday, October 11, 2014
New document proves Hitler did not commit suicide
Posted by Dr. Know-it-all at 9:12 AM
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Memorable Quotes and Moments
- Amy: “Loop the loop!”
- The Doctor: “Permission?” Rory: “Granted.”
- Rory’s been hiding for hours! And he’s not getting warm.
- Rory: “Hi Mels…” Mels: “Hi Rory…”
- Rory: “I’m not gay.” His future wife: “Yes, you are.”
- The robot duplicate taking off the Nazi’s glasses.
- Rory punches Hitler!
- Rory puts Hitler in a closet!
- Fifteen minutes into the episode, we forget about Hitler!
- Mel’s reaction to her River Song hair.
- The Doctor’s reaction to the reference to The Graduate.
- Sherlock-esque Banana scene. You know what I mean.
- The Ponds on a motorcycle!
- Amy: “Can you ride a motorbike?” Rory: “I expect so. It’s that sort of day.”
- Amelia Pond in her blue coat. My heart always breaks.
- Mels: “Take off your clothes.” With lots of guns.
Posted by Dr. Know-it-all at 11:47 AM
Sunday, October 5, 2014
“Hitler: Burns Cockroaches,” it reads, according to a translation provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
Posted by Dr. Know-it-all at 12:29 PM
Monday, September 29, 2014
'Since when was Hitler cool?' Outrage after 'jokey' comic strip book called Hipster Hitler turns murderous Nazi dictator into trendy geek
Hipster Hitler is riasing some ire:
‘Anti-Semitism has skyrocketed recently and we shouldn't be selling books like this.
‘We should boycott shops that sell it, we should protest outside their stores and do everything we can to make sure these aren't being sold.’
Ilana Katz, a fellow member of the group, said: ‘If we can't get shops to stop selling copies we'll buy and shred them all.
‘Since when was it okay to promote Hitler as a cool person?’
Posted by Dr. Know-it-all at 6:30 AM
Saturday, September 27, 2014
But maybe the single most remarkable example of 20th-century totalitarian invective against jazz that Skvorecky ever relayed was here in the intro to The Bass Saxophone, where he recalls -- faithfully, he assures us ("they had engraved themselves deeply on my mind") -- a set of regulations, issued by a Gauleiter -- a regional official for the Reich -- as binding on all local dance orchestras during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Get this:
1 Pieces in foxtrot rhythm (so-called swing) are not to exceed 20% of the repertoires of light orchestras and dance bands;
2 in this so-called jazz type repertoire, preference is to be given to compositions in a major key and to lyrics expressing joy in life rather than Jewishly gloomy lyrics;
3 As to tempo, preference is also to be given to brisk compositions over slow ones so-called blues); however, the pace must not exceed a certain degree of allegro, commensurate with the Aryan sense of discipline and moderation. On no account will Negroid excesses in tempo (so-called hot jazz) or in solo performances (so-called breaks) be tolerated;
4 so-called jazz compositions may contain at most 10% syncopation; the remainder must consist of a natural legato movement devoid of the hysterical rhythmic reverses characteristic of the barbarian races and conductive to dark instincts alien to the German people (so-called riffs);
5 strictly prohibited is the use of instruments alien to the German spirit (so-called cowbells, flexatone, brushes, etc.) as well as all mutes which turn the noble sound of wind and brass instruments into a Jewish-Freemasonic yowl (so-called wa-wa, hat, etc.);
6 also prohibited are so-called drum breaks longer than half a bar in four-quarter beat (except in stylized military marches);
7 the double bass must be played solely with the bow in so-called jazz compositions;
8 plucking of the strings is prohibited, since it is damaging to the instrument and detrimental to Aryan musicality; if a so-called pizzicato effect is absolutely desirable for the character of the composition, strict care must be taken lest the string be allowed to patter on the sordine, which is henceforth forbidden;
9 musicians are likewise forbidden to make vocal improvisations (so-called scat);
10 all light orchestras and dance bands are advised to restrict the use of saxophones of all keys and to substitute for them the violin-cello, the viola or possibly a suitable folk instrument.
Posted by Dr. Know-it-all at 9:07 AM
Friday, September 26, 2014
The dismissed charge stemmed from Novak-Garcia allegedly stabbing a man in the head and shoulder who was trying to get her to stop her honking her car horn at about 1 a.m. on June 23.
During the same episode, Novak-Garcia allegedly stabbed another man in the arm, for which she was charged with the third-degree felony aggravated assault.
Posted by Dr. Know-it-all at 2:47 PM