Originally Posted by Get Smart
I don't see referencing those bands as a sign of "indie filmmaking". I'd surmise that whoever wrote the script based it on something that happened to him and those bands were probably a part of his life so he put all that into the story. God forbid you ever reference JATMC in a film and get painted with the indie-brush.
Fair point, but compare this film to "Mysterious Skin", another Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie (and one in which he lives up to his reputation/potential). That film used Ride and Slowdive in the soundtrack, but it felt more natural to the characters, rather than being used as a signifier to help define a character (in lieu of better character development, which was my impression of "500 Days"). Perhaps the writer of "500 Days" does like Brit indie bands too, but perhaps he's also more shallow a writer than the one responsible for "Mysterious Skin."
As I said, I did like the second half of "500 Days" better than the first half, there were some nice moments in depicting the male character post-breakup.