By mistake I rented A Single Man. Sent it back immediately. Listen to this:
Set during the height of the Cuban missle crisis, it depicts a day in the life of gay college professor George Falconer (Colin Firth). Falconer is still coming to terms with the untimely death of lover Jim (Matthew Goode).
This just makes me run away screaming.
One of my favorite authors, Tim Powers, said it well when he talked about why he writes fantasy, stories on a bigger canvas: "I don't want to write about 'the human heart in conflict with itself'."
To me, stories where all the conflict is emotional and never resolved, are self-indulgent and myopic. One has to have a bigger perspective on life.
... I apologize to fans of such movies, this was just how I feel/felt. If somebody gets a lot out of it, who am I to naysay that. Now I'm waffling, sure, but we can all learn and change. :-)
* It was William Faulkner who said that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about.