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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Evan Crean

Hello! My name is Evan Crean. By day I work for a marketing agency, but by night, I’m a film critic based in Boston, MA who has been at it since 2009. I have written hundreds of movie reviews and celebrity interviews for I have also contributed pieces to In addition to publishing short form work, I am a co-author of the book Your ’80s Movie Guide to Better Living, which is available on CreateSpace and Amazon. On top of writing, I co-host and edit the weekly film podcast Spoilerpiece Theatre with two other Boston film critics. I’m a founding member and the current treasurer for the Boston Online Film Critics Association as well. Lastly, I’m the marketing director and a contributor to Boston Reel, a site dedicated to Boston’s independent film culture. Have any questions or comments about my work? Please feel free to email me (Evan Crean) at: ecrean AT reelrecon DOT COM .