Reviewed: The Beastie Boys, Harry Connick, Jr., Eddie & the Hot Rods, David Gray, Manassas, Monsters of Folk, Pearl Jam.
Scott Neustadter: There's no such thing as villains in real relationship stories, just two people who don't feel the same. It sucks but it's nobody's fault.
Woody Allen redefined the connection between movies and fashion with the iconic Annie Hall . (500) Days of Summer,'s female lead is just as quirky as Allen's.
(500) Days of Summer is not the smartest, funniest or sleekest movie to which Fox didn't invite me this year -- but in its pretentious mope-rock way it is ambitious, thoughtful and fulfilling.
(500) Days of Summer shows that sometimes relationships fail regardless of how much you love someone, but going through that experience can make you a better person.
You can feel strained sometimes but ultimately, like a persistent movie suitor, this film charms through sheer force of effort.
Tom, the central character in Webb's directorial debut, isn't just hit by the love hammer - he's pounded into the ground like a tent peg.
My conversation with Webb uncovered, amongst other things, a bit of the secret history of L.A. architecture, and how easy it is to stir the chemistry between Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel.
Marc Webb's film is pleasingly offbeat, if inconsistently quirky, as it bounces through time, forward and backward, in the life of this doomed relationship.