I wrote a long post, connecting a TV show and a movie, that no one asked for:
Unemployment Day 129: I write a long post, connecting a TV show and a movie, that no one asked for:
After the death of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, his faithful servant, and former war buddy, John is left without work. Things have changed in England. There is not much call for footmen. Months pass and John is still out of work.
Thankfully an American businessman, who had visited Downton Abbey, offers to hire John. John accepts and moves to Arizona with his wife Anna. Initially things go well. They have a child, a daughter. Anna finds work running a small hotel.
Sadly John’s war injury comes back to haunt him. A small piece of shrapnel, that was missed during his surgery, dislodges and causes internal bleeding. Anna is left to raise their child alone.
Far from home, without her true love, she turns to a mixture of the bottle and the bible. In this environment her daughter grows up tightly wound and highly religious. To the outside world Anna’s daughter is a model child: studious and moral.
One day a handsome young hitchhiker stays in the hotel. When Anna’s daughter meets him she is smitten and over come. Against everything she believes she sleeps with the man. In the morning he is gone.
Months pass and Anna’s scion’s stomach starts to swell. It becomes obvious that she is pregnant. Anna furious and drunk yells at her. A few days later Anna dies from an “accident” on the stairway.
Anna’s daughter, Norma, realizes she’ll have to raise her child alone. She takes the life insurance, and inheritance, and purchases a small motel on the main highway out of Phoenix. Norma is very good at running the motel. Her mother taught her well.
When Norman is born the future looks bright. Yes, being a single mother, at the time, is tough. For help Norma turns to the church. He will not make the same mistake she made. He will be a good boy. Norman Bates will not fall victim to sins of the flesh.
“But I don’t think the women on True Detective are mere virgins and whores. Far from it. I think that it’s through them we are made to see the very obvious problems with Marty’s view of women as virgins and whores.”—And just like that Molly Lambert says exactly what I was saying this morning about True Detective. (via likeapairofbottlerockets)