Saturday, June 21, 2008

Seagalogy - A Study Of The Ass-Kicking Films Of Steven Seagal

I've expressed my, well, appreciation for the DTV epics of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Seagal before, but Vern from the Ain't It Cool site takes it a step further and has crafted the definitive book on Mr. Seagal's ouvre. But even if your interest in Seagal begins and ends with "who?" and you wouldn't be caught dead spooling up one of his epics, this book is still worth reading, because it's flat out hilarious.

Vern approaches the movies with genuine appreciation, but he also can see them for what they are. In the case of (most of) Seagal's later works, that's crazy, cynical, cranked out madness. What am I saying, that's actually the case for most of his movies! Take On Deadly Ground, for instance, a big budget feature co-starring Michael Caine. It's as berserk as any low budget thriller. Caine insults a reindeer while doing a TV commercial (!), then Seagal goes terrorist and destroys Caine's oil refinery. But rather than landing on the FBI's Most Wanted list, the movie ends with Seagal lecturing Congress (!!) on the environmental perils of... well, not blowing up oil refineries, but something.

Skip a DVD this week and pick this up, it rates five out of five kicks to the groin!

Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal