In addition to managing his own mental health issues and transforming his band from indie favorites to stadium fillers, Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos has still found time to take in this year’s Oscar baiting movies. While it’s unclear as to whether he found objection with Lincoln’s historical inaccuracies, the liberal use of the N-word in Django Unchained, or thought Zero Dark Thirty’s torture scenes were pretty tame compared to anything that Riggs endured in Lethal Weapon 1,2,3, or 4, we do know that Angelakos took exception to manner in which mental illness was used as the primary dramatic device in Silver Linings Playbook.
“Cheap use of mental health as legs for plot. … It’s very much in right now — in Hollywood, mind you — to use mental illness as a way to bring added or almost entirely all drama to piece … Be it TV or film, it’s lazy and usually, perhaps inadvertently, regressive. That being said, it has to exist in some capacity for discussion … Let’s allow Hollywood to dramatize so there can be backlash/discussion. See, insurance companies barely recognize mental illness as health.”
Fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath for further film criticism from the Passion Pit frontman as he appears to have spent the entire day explaining/defending his stance on Twitter. You can check out all the hullabaloo here.
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