The American Sniper movie is stirring up big controversy in some circles for supposedly glorifying war. But it’s also a monster hit, possibly on its way to becoming the most popular war movie ever. Film critic Ann Hornaday says that it’s an example of a new kind of war movie: the military procedural.
On television, police procedurals have become extremely popular, stories that concentrate on showing how police officers do their jobs. All of the shows about forensics specialists, physicians, lawyers, etc., are of the same type, showing professionals at work as they overcome obstacles and accomplish the tasks set before them. That is to say, all of these procedurals are about vocation! [Read more…]