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manfromuncle

It seems like the perfect combination: take the guy who directed Snatch, Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey Jr. versions), and RocknRolla, and let him make a spy movie that stars Superman and The Lone Ranger.  Oh, and set it in the 1960s, where men were men and you had to rely on your wits and your talent instead of letting technology do your dirty work.  Sounds pretty badass, right?  Well, movie-goer, you’re in luck – because The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an amazingly-cool movie that’s fun to watch and easy to enjoy.

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Alan Moore‘s had some harsh words lately about DC Comics and their utilization (or exploitation) of the writer’s Watchmen in a series of prequel graphic novels. Well, it may surprise you to learn that this is not the first time that Moore’s had harsh words for someone.

In 1983, Moore wrote an essay about Marvel Comics godfather Stan Lee called, “Blinded By The Hype: An Affectionate Character Assassination.” In it, Moore discussed the positives Lee brought to the comic book industry while he built the Marvel Age back in the 60s, but he also criticized some of the problems Lee’s tenure and influence created. Overall, I think it’s a rather fair appraisal, and let’s be honest, I don’t think there’s any move lost between Moore and the big companies.

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