American Ultra so easily could have been a terrible film. If the jokes had been played for easy laughs, if the actors had taken obvious choices, and if the violence had been bloodless, it would have been derivative tripe. Instead, it is one of the best films of this summer, and one of the few original ones.
The Memory Palace is not your average history podcast. If you approach it as one, you’ll be disappointed. You won’t get facts and figures, sources or statistics. Instead, you’ll hear about an event or a person as if their ending wasn’t already decided. You’ll be in the moment. You’ll hear just how much things have changed, or how little they have.
Sounds pretty good, right? (more…)