EPISODE 328: MENTAL ILLNESS IN FILM by · Published July 2, 2013 · Updated August 7, 2015 In this episode, Tyler is joined by comedian Paul Gilmartin to discuss the depictions of mental illness in film.Related Posts:Episode 838: Cutting Quasi with Frank McGrathMovie Meltdown: Ant-Man: The Kang Era BeginsEpisode 843: Best Needle Drops Ever w/ Rico Gagliano &…Tyler Takes On the Oscars and Other Stuff You Might Have…Episode 835: Oscars 2023 (Tyler's Take)Episode 834: Oscars 2023Episode 836: West's Top Five Angelo Badalamenti TracksEpisode 842: Summer Movie Preview 2023 Share
Spectacular episode. I really enjoyed this thoughtful discussion.
Autism isn’t exactly illness, but it’s portrayed strangely too. Abed from Community is like, the one respectful spot-on version I think… most of the time, it’s like, oracular, like magical retards in a trance with super powers like counting falling toothpicks in mid-air instantly, or solving mad encryption security with very little formal knowledge of mathematics, like the kid in Mercury Rising. Also often having some mystical empathic connection to livestock, when in reality horses are very scary and anxiety inducing =P
I guess the main overreach is just making autistic “powers” too impressive and useful, don’t get me wrong, knowing train routes or dinosaur phylogenetic trees is super cool, but movie autistics are like Voldemort level and the reality is more like Gandalf the Grey
Nice! Love that pic 🙂
Excellent episode. I totally feel the same about The Beaver.
Speaking of alcoholism I want to recommend Werner Herzog’s Stroszek, which perfectly hits what you were talking about! It’s also a great film in general.
A great movie in my opinion was Young Adult with Carlize Theron. Her character was pretty despicable mostly due to her narcissism and depression.