Michael Angelakos criticises film on his Twitter
Grace Carroll

10:00 25th February 2013

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Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos took to Twitter during the Oscars to criticise Silver Linings Playbook's portrayal of mental health.

Angelakos has spoken out in the past about his own struggle with bipolar disorder, and issues with mental health.

Writing on Twitter, he referred to the Oscar nominated movie as, "Cheap use of mental health as legs for plot."

He continued on, saying, "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.

Lets allow Hollywood to dramatize so there can be backlash/discussion. See, insurance companies barely recognize mental illness as health."

Michael Angelakos onstage with Passion Pit last year

Angelakos then responded, "Absolutely!" to the comment, " I suppose it's better than the media pretending it doesn't exist."

He also retweeted the comment, "Often being used as a providing authorial carte blanche, a license to write outlandish, larger-than-life characters."

The 'Carried Away' singer finished by saying, "Okay, really. The director, cast, and intention all great. Depiction of mental health questionable. That's it."

Bands on film: movie scores from great musicians

  • Yo La Tengo - Adventureland: Yo La Tengo's albums may fly under the radar for many people, but no where near as low as the fact that they did excellent the score for the Jesse Eisenberg/Kristen Stewert coming-of-age film Adventureland.

  • Karen O - Where The Wild Things Are: The soundtrack for this adaptation of a children's classic was written by Karen O with the help of some friends from her band, Deerhunter and The Raconteurs among others.

  • Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead) - There Will Be Blood: Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood recieved a large amount of praise for his score for There Will Be Blood, and many thought he should have won an Academy Award for it, but he was ruled inadmissible becaused he'd reworked material he'd originally used in his score for Bodysong.

  • Daft Punk - Tron Legacy: Daft Punk seemed like an obvious choice to make the soundtrack for the futuristic sequel the Tron. The spiralling collection of synth driven tracks suits the film perfectly.

  • Grizzly Bear - Blue Valentine: The low-budget Ryan Gosling film was written with music from composer Vangelis in mind, but when the director Derek Cianfrance was introduced to the music of Grizzly Bear he immediately decided that they should compose the score for the film.

  • Air - The Virgin Suicides: Although there was a separate soundtrack put together featuring songs from Heart and Todd Rundgren, the score for Sofia Coppola's film was put together by French duo Air.

  • Curtis Mayfield - Super Fly: The soundtrack for this flm was put together by soul/funk legend Curtis Mayfield. The soundtrack was an instant hit and provided two hit singles - the title track and 'Freddie's Dead'.

  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Road: Considering Cave's reputation for intrinsic darkness, The Road seems like a fitting choice for his first film score, created with bandmate Warren Ellis.

  • Neil Young - Dead Man: Neil Young apparently wrote the score for Dead Man for the most part while sat in a studio watching an edit of the film by himself.

  • Sound City Players - Sound City: For his documentary on the infamous Sound City Studios in california, Dave Grohl assembled an allstar roster of musicians who have recorded at the studio to provide the soundtrack.

  • Bob Dylan - Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid: This was Dylans 12th studio album, and his first soundtrack. It was largely an instrumental record, and gave the world the track 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'.

  • Eurythmics - 1984: Annie Lennox and David Stewart recorded the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Orwell's dystopic 1984 in complete isolation. The film's director Michael Radford claimed the band had been foisted upon him, and much of the duo's work is removed in the drectors cut.

  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Social Network: The Nine Inch Nails frontman has worked on several films, but his music for The Social Network won nine awards, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

  • Explosions In The Sky - Friday Night Lights: When producer Brian Reitzell wrote to Explosions In The Sky about working on this film, the band were already familiar with the book it is based on and were happy to get involved.

  • Nigel Godrich/Beck - Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: Nigel Godrich is best known for producing Radiohead albums and Beck is best known for being Beck. The two teamed up to produce the soundtrack for this recent cult favourite.

  • Simon & Garfunkel - The Graduate: This was the only film the duo scored together, and it gave us the enduring classics 'Mrs Robinson' and 'The Sound Of Silence'.

  • Stewart Copeland (The Police) - Rumble Fish: After the break up of The Police, drummer Stewart Copeland went on to make a name for himself producing music for films. his instrumental soundtrack for Rumble Fish earned him a Goldn Globe nomination.

  • Chemical Brothers - Hanna: Big beat duo The Chemical Brothers were drafted in to provide the music for Hanna, a film about a girl trained to be an assassin, with the score garnering positive responses.

  • Peter Gabriel - Last Temptation of Christ: Peter Gabriel probably could've had his pick of films to score after the success of Genesis, but he chose the controversial Last Temptation Of Christ, and was praised for his use of traditional music from around the world.

  • The Beatles - A Hard Days Night: At the height of Beatles mania the band gave us the film and the album A Hard Days Night.

  • Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock: A full album for this film was never released, but the five song EP Presley did provide is considered something of a masterpiece.

  • Isaac Hayes - Shaft: The opening music to Shaft is a truly iconic piece of music, and while the track might've been about Shaft, it seems clear that the answer to 'Who's the black private dick/That's a sex machine to all the chicks? was really Isaac Hayes.

  • AC/DC - Iron Man 2: The Iron Man 2 soundtrack might not contain any original AC/DC tunes, but the entire film is accompanied by the music of the Australian rock giants, with music spanning both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras of the band.

  • Prince - Purple Rain: It's hard to tell which came first, whether the album was written to go with the film or the film was inspired by the music, but either way Prince did it all.

  • Jonsi (Sigur Ros) - We Bought A Zoo: When Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi was announced as the composer of the films score, director cameron Crowe explained he was the 'natural choice' as he'd "been a part of We Bought A Zoo from the very beginning."

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