Once again, it’s a weekend battle of head-to-head stars. In this corner, we have champion of the left and reigning king of "creative" political messages, Michael Moore. And in this corner we have the baddest cop to ever drop a terrorist in his tracks (and yes, that includes Jack Bauer), John McClane himself, Bruce Willis. This week someone's gonna get their clock cleaned. Let’s drop the cage. Two men enter! One man leaves!
In the box office this weekend: Winner = Willis
Please. A Die Hard movie versus a heartfelt political piece on the problems of America's ailing medical industry. Unless Moore manages to blow a whole lotta stuff up in a very short amount of time, my guess is that Live Free or Die Hard will pistol-whip Moore's Sicko and shout Yippie-Ki-Yay MoFo from the roofs of the Nakatomi building this weekend. Moore's already heavily pirated film (especially by the press who have insisted upon eschewing all ethical standards by reviewing the bootleg) is being seen by pretty much everyone that was planning to pay opening weekend.
In the critical arena: Winner = Willis
While Moore will no doubt get credit from liberal-minded folk and even-handed Republican pundits, Moore's antics have turned off a whole segment of the population who are looking to tear this limb from limb. Even if the fourth installment of Die Hard isn't that good, it still doesn't have legions of folks going in with a mind to destroy it. Point to Willis for being more mainstream.
In their careers: Winner = Willis
One of the biggest stars in the world. A long career of much beloved films. And let's face it, this is the guy who made the bald look COOL, forever allowing male pattern baldness to be chic. But most importantly, not many people actually hate Bruce.
In a fight: Winner = Willis
Sorry Mike. Come to the coast. Have a few laughs. Get your ass pummeled. In fact, with everyone that dislikes Moore right now, you wouldn't just want to charge admission to this slaughter, you could set up Pay Per View. My guess is that it'd show up in a lot of houses, especially one big white one.
Winner – Willis. Yippie-Ki-Yay.
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Austin-based Cargill, who not only loves but owns The Cutting Edge, writes on movies and DVD five times a week.