Book Review: Seagalogy

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Seagalogy © Titan Books 2012

In 2008, readers were introduced to a new branch of science: Seagalogy (se-gal-uh-jee).  This field of study, which was created by the movie critic Vern, is a modified version of the French auteur theory of film.  Instead of connecting works by a director’s personal stamp, Vern analyzes movies through the scope of his “badass auteur theory.”  According to him, “The badass auteur theory is the idea that in some types of action or badass pictures, it is the badass (or star) who carries through themes from one picture to the next.”

It’s not difficult to figure out exactly which badass Vern discusses in his book based on the title, Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal.  This month, he released a new edition that can best be described as Seagalogy 2.0, updated and expanded to include Steven Seagal’s work from 2009 through present day.  The latest version also features a hilarious introduction penned by Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green, explaining the filmmaker’s personal appreciation for Seagal.

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