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"Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer! Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema, and Other Important Topics' is a 4.5 out of 5. Run out and pick this one up as soon as you can!" --Icon vs Icon

"Vern's enthusiasm will rekindle your love for movies" --Nerd Approved.com

"[Vern]'s book gives the reader a well-rounded look at what it means for a film to be badass. More importantly, though, he gives a refreshing take on film criticism for which many movie fans will be thankful." --Playback STL

"If, like me, you're a fan of low-budget cinema and the b-movie genre then I heartily recommend you pick up a copy of Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer: Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema and Other Important Topic, you won't regret it." --Blogmatic 3000

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As a frequent writer for Ain't It Cool News and the author of Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal, Vern has gained notoriety 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 nerd message boards to respond. Guillermo Del Toro, the director of Pan's Labyrinth, called Vern "a national treasure."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1st edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184856371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848563711
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pamela VINE VOICE on July 2, 2010
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Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer isn't so much a book about Bruce Willis as it is a collection of Vern's reviews from years past, but aside from the slightly misleading title (it does say "And Other Important Topics"), I really enjoyed the heck out of this book. Vern's reviews and rants are funny, irreverent at times, reverent at other times (or at the same time), and are often surprisingly insightful.

I love pop culture. Back in the ivory tower of academia, I tried my hardest to work in pop culture whenever I could, and I was lucky enough to have a department that was very openminded about that sort of thing. My film studies professor would grumble about my choices of films in his classes, but by god, I wanted to talk about Serenity and Sleepy Hollow and the first two X-Men movies.

So I read Vern's reviews with that unfortunately tendency of recent grad students to pick them apart. To my surprise, the vast majority of them passed my film geek litmus test. His rant about Michael Bay's Transformers was not only hilarious in its righteous indignation but also very, very true. Vern makes solid arguments about why Bay's quick-cut-can't-tell-what-you're-looking-at directing style is crap and why Hollywood shouldn't go down that path when it comes to action. I'll admit that I often enjoy movies that don't require any kind of brain-engagement, but Vern makes a damn good point. Summer blockbuster does not equal stupid movie with explosions, and it's time for moviegoers to stop buying into that idea. Let's get back to smart action films like Die Hard and Aliens.

If you're a stickler for proper grammar and spelling, you might need to take a valium before reading this book.
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I originally thought this was another SEAGALOLGY, just devoted to Bruce Willis instead of the world's puffiest martial artist (hey, you get older, you gain weight. He'd still kick the @$$e$ of a dozen of me). But he collects a bunch of his reviews, a couple of them about truly disturbing films, and gives you his honest opinion.
Most fun movie reviewer since JOE-BOB GOES TO THE DRIVE-IN...
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This book was my introduction to the Outlaw Vern, who for my money is the best film critic around. Vern is both incredibly funny and shockingly insightful as he reviews and discusses a wide gamut of films, from Cannon junk to the high art of Luis Bunuel. Vern loves movies and he approaches everything with humor and affection. Reading this book will make you want to watch films the way Vern does.
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Vern is one of the few writers out there who approaches popular movies with the same kind of enthusiasm and attention that highbrow critics lavish on "important" films. He makes reading about action films almost as much fun as watching them. I'm only halfway through Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer, and I can't wait to get down to my local (independently owned) video store so that I can catch up on some classics.
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Vern is the only writer I know of who does this: he writes solid criticism about violent action flicks and B-movies with lots of humor and that’s half fun of reading his books. Highly recommended to fans of genre cinema.
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Movie reviews with comical insight. short digestable sections make for ideal bathroom reading.

I was expecting more insightful analysis linking the films to pop culture or pop psychology, for example an analysis of "Die Hard" and society's perception of american vs. european masculinity but this book does not dig that deeply.
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