Just saw "Public Enemies" and "Paranormal Activity" <NO SPOILERS>
Public Enemies: Wow, Critico was right - this movie is BORING. It ended strong, but the first 1:45 were dull and uninteresting. A few shootouts perhaps, but almost no character development whatsoever. All of Dillinger's goons looked the same; their deaths meant nothing to me. Also, I didn't buy how and why Dillinger (Johnny Depp, dopier than usual here) and Billie Frenchette (Marion Cotillard) got together or what they saw in each other (except for maybe one instance, he always put her as second fiddle to his life of crime; and she was a bit of a wallflower). Johnny Depp is normally terrific in everything, but I can't say that I agreed with Dan in Cincinnati's assessment of his performance in this one - he just seemed half asleep. Christian Bale, well, he's played the boring hero in how many consecutive movies in a row now? Snoozers. Cotillard was given little to do. Giovanni Ribisi was in here but I have no idea who he played. The one bright spot was Billy Crudup as J. Edgar Hoover, portrayed here as a PR guy without actual field experience. Michael Mann, you really let me down with this one. HEAT this ain't. D+.
Paranormal Activity: Surprisingly effective low-budget chiller made in much the same style as The Blair Witch Project - a single hand-held camera, oft-annoying, constantly-bickering boyfriend and girlfriend (this can grow tedious), slow-building suspense, and a terrific ending. The DVD also includes the alternate ending, but the theatrical ending is better. Everything that made Blair Witch work makes this one work, and likewise, everything that worked against Blair Witch works against Paranormal Activity also (mostly that the characters ALWAYS have video camera in hand, no matter what). Check it out; at just 86 minutes, it's over in a snap. B+.