Thursday, April 23, 2015

True Detective



True Detective is just eight episodes long but my oh my is it good. I'm loving the authentic, existential realism/pessimism of Cohle Rust, the detective played by Matthew McConaughey. I don't buy all of what he's selling, but I sure ain't walking out of that store empty handed.

Don't read the below quotes if you plan to watch the series.

Cohle Rust Quotes

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Back then, the visions...most of the time I was convinced that I'd lost it. But there were other times, I thought I was main-lining the secret truth of the universe.

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I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight - brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.

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If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of s***. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What’s that say about your reality?

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Just observation and deduction. I see a propensity for obesity, poverty, a yen for fairy tales. Folks putting what few bucks they do have in a little wicker basket that's being passed around. I think it's safe to say no one here's gonna be splitting the atom, Marty.

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Nothing's ever fulfilled! Until the very end. And closure. No. No no. Nothing is ever over.

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To realize that all your life—you know, all your love, all your hate, all your memory, all your pain—it was all the same thing. It was all the same dream. A dream that you had inside a locked room. A dream about being a person.

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Rust Cohle: Transference of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel. It’s catharsis. He absorbs their dread with his narrative. Because of this, he’s effective in proportion to the amount of certainty he can project. Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain. Dulls critical thinking.
Marty Hart: Well, I don’t use ten dollar words as much as you, but for a guy who sees no point in existence, you sure fret about it an awful lot; and you still sound panicked.
Rust Cohle: At least I’m not racing to a red light.


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I contemplate the moment in the garden, the idea of allowing your own crucifixion. – Rust Cohle

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I see a propensity for obesity. Poverty. A yen for fairy tales. Folks puttin’ what few bucks they do have into a little wicker basket being passed around. I think it’s safe to say nobody here’s gonna be splitting the atom, Marty. – Rust Cohle

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Marty Hart: Your fucking attitude. Not everybody wants to sit alone in an empty room beating off to murder manuals. Some folks enjoy community. A common good.
Rust Cohle: Yeah, well if the common good’s gotta make up fairy tales then it’s not good for anybody.

1 If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What’s that say about your reality? – Rust Cohle 2 Rust Cohle: Transference of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel. It’s catharsis. He absorbs their dread with his narrative. Because of this, he’s effective in proportion to the amount of certainty he can project. Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain. Dulls critical thinking. Marty Hart: Well, I don’t use ten dollar words as much as you, but for a guy who sees no point in existence, you sure fret about it an awful lot; and you still sound panicked. Rust Cohle: At least I’m not racing to a red light. 3 I contemplate the moment in the garden, the idea of allowing your own crucifixion. – Rust Cohle 4 Been that way since one monkey looked at the sun and told the other monkey, “He said for you to give me your fucking share.” People… so god damn frail they’d rather put a coin in the wishing well than buy dinner. – Rust Cohle 5 I see a propensity for obesity. Poverty. A yen for fairy tales. Folks puttin’ what few bucks they do have into a little wicker basket being passed around. I think it’s safe to say nobody here’s gonna be splitting the atom, Marty. – Rust Cohle 6 Marty Hart: Your fucking attitude. Not everybody wants to sit alone in an empty room beating off to murder manuals. Some folks enjoy community. A common good. Rust Cohle: Yeah, well if the common good’s gotta make up fairy tales then it’s not good for anybody.

Source: http://rustcohle.com/6-rust-cohle-quotes-religion/
1 If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What’s that say about your reality? – Rust Cohle 2 Rust Cohle: Transference of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel. It’s catharsis. He absorbs their dread with his narrative. Because of this, he’s effective in proportion to the amount of certainty he can project. Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain. Dulls critical thinking. Marty Hart: Well, I don’t use ten dollar words as much as you, but for a guy who sees no point in existence, you sure fret about it an awful lot; and you still sound panicked. Rust Cohle: At least I’m not racing to a red light. 3 I contemplate the moment in the garden, the idea of allowing your own crucifixion. – Rust Cohle 4 Been that way since one monkey looked at the sun and told the other monkey, “He said for you to give me your fucking share.” People… so god damn frail they’d rather put a coin in the wishing well than buy dinner. – Rust Cohle 5 I see a propensity for obesity. Poverty. A yen for fairy tales. Folks puttin’ what few bucks they do have into a little wicker basket being passed around. I think it’s safe to say nobody here’s gonna be splitting the atom, Marty. – Rust Cohle 6 Marty Hart: Your fucking attitude. Not everybody wants to sit alone in an empty room beating off to murder manuals. Some folks enjoy community. A common good. Rust Cohle: Yeah, well if the common good’s gotta make up fairy tales then it’s not good for anybody.

Source: http://rustcohle.com/6-rust-cohle-quotes-religion/



The finale:

In an effort to connect, Marty reminds Rust that he used to make up stories about the stars when he grew up in Alaska.
Rust: It's just one story. The oldest.
Marty: What's that?
Rust: Light versus dark.
Marty: Well, I know we ain't in Alaska, but it appears to me that the dark has a lot more territory.
Rust asks Marty to carry him to his car, out of the hospital, leaving his things behind. There's that shot, of one man carrying the other. They've both saved each other's lives. And here's their final moment together:
Rust:You know, you're looking at it wrong, the sky thing.
Mary: How's that?
Rust: Well, once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light's winning.

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