Michael Moore's newest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, opens soon...but you can see it before (just about) anyone else! Just be among the first 20 people to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and get a free pass good for two for the September 28 screening.
In what may be a perfect storm of political hysteria, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story opens next month at a time when debate over America's economic future has never been more intense. It's been screamed at us repeatedly that government "socialism" is a Bad Thing (especially when taxes are used to pay for something we don't approve of), but is the alternative really that much better? These folks certainly think so.
5. Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara) -- Road House (1989)
I'm still feeling the sting of Patrick Swayze's loss, which may have guided my hand here. Still, Brad Wesley somehow managed to finance a massive criminal empire (and frequent exotic hunting trips) with the proceeds gained from shaking down one bar, one hardware store, and one car dealership. That's some savvy investing.
4. Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) -- There Will Be Blood (2007)
Upton Sinclair -- whose Oil! serves as the basis for the Paul Thomas Anderson film -- was always fond of examining the effects of unfettered capitalism, and Plainview brings this theme to vivid life. Even if, as we see here, his unhingedness has occasionally comic results.
3. Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) -- Batman Returns (1992)
Any businessman worth his salt has to be prepared to get his hands a little dirty in order to protect his investments. And really, this is all Selena's fault: what did she think would happen if she went to work with a guy who looked like Christopher freaking Walken?
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2. Tony Montana (Al Pacino) -- Scarface (1983)
The "[IF money THEN power THEN women]" formula described by Tony is merely Conan the Barbarian's theorem ("Crush your enemies, etc") distilled into a version 20th-century folks can easily understand.
1. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) -- Wall Street (1987)
Well, duh. I like the perception that some kind of victory for the forces of good has been won after Bud wears a wire and helps bust his boss, but we all know Gekko will be out in a year and a half and secure a seven-figure book deal. Greed really does work (see also Michael Milken).