Based on a true story, Persepolis is this weirdly animated foreign film about a girl in Pakistan trying to deal with things during a crazy islamic revolution, where women have to start covering up, alcohol is banned, etc. It is mostly black and white, and there are voice-overs in English. The beginning when she is a little girl is interesting and well done, but when she grows up, her great "liberation" from islamic orthodoxy involves sleeping around, drugs, marriaga and divorce, death metal, and being completely lost, which wasn't all that interesting. If I wanted to watch a movie about someone who is lost like that, I could think of dozens of far better movies. I was pretty bored.
The Kite Runner is about two boys, one from the upper class and one from the lower class, in Afghanistan. They form a very close friendship as boys, but it is odd, because the poorer boy's role is questionably one of mere servitude. Anyway, the friendship goes wrong in one very disturbing scene, and the rich boy spends the rest of his life trying to deal with this event. Its pretty interesting I suppose, but slow, and not exactly my type of film.
The Chosen is about two Jewish teenagers in New York during World War II, one a normal Jew and the other a Hasid (the guys in black and white with the hats and long sideburn curls). They form an unlikely friendship, and struggle against the differences in the way they approach religion, and against their father's stances on the war and the establishment of a Jewish nation. I watched this because the book was pretty good, and it was interesting to see certain scenes acted out, but overall this movie was quite dull and not really worth my time.
Rescue Dawn is about a pilot (Christian Bale) who crashes in Vietnam at the beginning of the Vietnam War, and is taken prisoner. There, he meets some other American prisoners, who he tries to convince that they can escape. It moves kind of slowly, but seems to keep up a level of intensity throughout the whole movie. Bale's acting is top notch, as always. I don't even like war movies, but found this one to be excellent. Its all very well done.
On their second adventure, Harold and Kumar get on a plane for Amsterdam, but are mistaken for terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. This has to be one of the worst movies I've seen in a while. Not only is the script completely unoriginal (again, we get Doogie Houser, the daydream with the giant-bag-of-pot-as-a-wife, and various reoccuring themes and jokes that are old the second time around), but the level of humor has dipped down to a completely idiotic level (one of the first "hilarious" scenes is Kumar taking a giant dump). When the writers can't seem to think of what to write that would be funny, their stand-by idea in this one is "just make the character do the opposite of what you might think they would do," so we see rednecks with a trailer full of technology (flatscreen, hi-speed internet, etc.), KKK members throwing an awesome party, giant buff soldiers are all gay, and George Bush getting high, and on and on. Its just, none of it is funny. This would get an even lower score, except Kumar's math poem is actually pretty awesome.