Written by boozehound poet Charles Bukowski, Barfly is that rare American independent film from the 80's that feels totally singular. It's hard to imagine who this film, which sees Mickey Rourke playing an alcoholic poet who shambles around LA causing trouble, was ever aimed at. However, for at least an hour, it's one of the most unique, impressively written films of its decade.
There are so many small details which are endlessly fascinating. The shaking old man who ties a scarf round his neck to help him drink, the bar patron who continues smoking while breaking up a fight, and this exchange between Rourke and Faye Dunaway:
"They were wheeling him out on a gurney. He got stabbed."