"(500) Days of Summer," July

The film, directed by Marc Webb, may well have offered, as Nathan Lee argued on NPR's website, a dose of Nora Ephron for the hipster set. But it was significant for marking on celluloid a new generation's discovery of downtown Los Angeles and its vintage architecture. Carefully edited to excise shots of Walt Disney Concert Hall or Thom Mayne's Caltrans District 7 Headquarters -- or any other new or newish buildings, for that matter -- the movie arranged its architecture to match, precisely, the anachronistic tastes of its characters.
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