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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Upd Exp edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857687220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857687227
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Equal parts Hell's Angels and Pauline Kael, Vern is a National Treasure!!!" - Guillermo Del Toro 

"Film criticism genuinely gets no better than this. I would be jealous if I didn't enjoy reading him so damn much" - Ain't It Cool News 

"We can't believe this actually exists, but the world is certainly a better place for it." - New York Magazine 

"Uproariously funny... the film book I never knew I always wanted to read." - nerve.com 

"Seagalogy is a raucous, thigh-slapping and informative read that can murder spare time as easily as Steven Seagal can break peoples' necks. In short Vern's Seagalogy is an unexpected gem." - mania.com 

"With the obsession of a fan and the authoritative tone of a professor, Vern takes us through every film with attention to plot, themes, dialogue, influences and even politics... " - denofgeek.com 

"Seagalogy not only made me laugh my ass off, but sent me to Amazon to buy some of the early Seagal DVDs I didn't already own. This book is an instant cult classic." - Bookgasm 

About the Author

The writer known only as Vern is loved for his unorthodox reviewing style and his expertise in "the films of Badass Cinema." His review of the slasher movie Chaos earned him a wrestling challenge from its director; his explosive essay on the PG-13 rating of Live Free or Die Hard prompted Bruce Willis himself to walk barefoot across the broken glass of movie message boards to respond. 

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I got this for my boyfriend for Christmas and he LOVED it.
Meredith McGlynn
Vern's writing, like Seagal's performances, is either so bad it's good or so good it's awesome.
Rob Kroese
For anyone who’s a fan of these movies, I can’t recommend this book enough.
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Trying to review something as singular and entertaining as Vern's "Seagalogy" is a task that's almost beyond me, which is why I've idled this task even though I've owned the previous edition of the book for a couple of years. Reviewing books isn't my forte to begin with, and the idea of trying to justify the five-star rating I felt it deserved was tricky - I mean, how many times can I just say "it's great" in a review? By a turn of events, this updated and expanded version allows me to even things out with some criticism; it's still the definitive edition of Vern's work and definitely the one you should buy, but there are some definite disappointments here. Nevertheless, any literate fan of Steven Seagal would be amiss not to own this - an in-depth, intelligent look at his films and how they connect with eachother and their star's ideals.

Vern's agenda is to prove his theory of Seagal being an auteur - a filmmaker whose body of work retains a personal imprint and distinct style. Seagal has only ever personally directed one film throughout his career, but Vern points out the reoccurring themes and motifs that keep popping up throughout his movies: some of them are superficial features like bar fights and returning actors, but the more important (and more expounded upon) ones include the consistency of political foregrounds and recurring storyline/character traits. Vern points out Seagal's uniqueness for this persistence of personal style, claiming it would have been impossible to write such a book for Van Damme or Chuck Norris. This takes the criticism that many detractors have leveled against Seagal ("All his movies are the same") and turns it on its head.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kroese on April 28, 2013
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It's hard to explain Seagal's appeal to those who don't intuitively grasp it. Even when Seagal was at the peak of his career, a lot of people couldn't figure out what his appeal was. He's too tall and lanky, for starters: your typical action star is between 5′ 7″ and 5′ 10″; Seagal is 6′ 4. Seagal is reasonably good looking but has a sort of pinched, constipated look about him. He often dresses strangely, and even in 1988 his pony tail wasn't exactly the height of fashion. He looks like a complete dork when he runs, and frankly he often comes across as something of an a**hole on screen. And then there's his offscreen persona, which could safely be described as "colorful."

I think Seagal's appeal has to do with the sheer force of his personality. It's hard to be neutral about Steven Seagal. When I watch a Tom Cruise movie, the fact that Tom Cruise is kind of an a**hole is always there in the back of my head, along with the fact that Tom Cruise is actually only four feet tall. But if Cruise is playing a nice guy and standing on a box, I can still enjoy the movie. With Seagal, on the other hand, it's all up there on the screen. You can see his a**holishness. You sit there watching this guy with a ponytail wearing some kind of silk robe with dragons on it beating the s*** out of some random hoodlum on the street whose biggest crime was probably selling stolen stereos on a street corner, and you think, wow, this guy is an a**hole.

There's a scene in Marked for Death where Seagal tells a doctor who is treating his injured friend to treat her "like the President of the United States." The doctor protests that all of his patients receive the same excellent care, but Seagal is having none of it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Desperado on April 5, 2012
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This book nails it. This book made me go back and watch all my Steven Seagal movies, I even went out and bought some of the direct to dvd ones as well. Anybody who loves or hates Seagal should at least read this book. Let's hope Vern makes more books on other action stars like Van Damme or Stallone.
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The manner in which this chronicle of Seagal was written, was very refreshing, proper, and befitting of the man, the myth, the master chief. Thank you Vern, for this excellent book.
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