American Sniper

Camden Wulf

Last weekend a film about Lake Oswego’s own Chris Kyle hit the box offices with record gross earnings and several Academy and Oscar award nominations. The film centers around Kyle, whom is reported to be the most prolific sniper in American history.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, “American Sniper” which was released on Jan. 16 set records in the box office. The movie which was originally predicted to make around $40 million grossed $90.2 million last weekend. Previously the highest grossing release on MLK day weekend grossed $48.6 million, “American Sniper” did not just break records, it destroyed them.

Like many big hits “American Sniper” also managed to stir up a little controversy. On Jan. 18 actor Seth Rogen, tweeted  “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglourious Basterds.”

Essentially, Rogen compared “American Sniper” to a piece of fictional Nazi propaganda which was also about a sniper. Perhaps Rogen was referencing a common filming style that the two films shared, or perhaps he was insinuating that “American Sniper” was a piece of propaganda film not unlike those produced in Nazi-era Germany. Either way, the Tweet was picked up various entertainment news networks who brought the Tweet into mainstream media.

“I’m looking forward to seeing American Sniper this weekend, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.” said junior Chase McCann.

Kyle is the late husband to Taya Kyle, the daughter of Lake Oswego mayor Kent Studebaker.