Barfly is a journey into the seedy, semi-autobiographical world of Charles Bukowski, as played by Mickey Rourke and directed by Barbet Schroeder.
I had just moved into “Pete’s” house and I brought a case of Private Stock (“The Malt Liquor with the Imported Taste”) 40’s as a new roommate gift.
On the first Sunday morning, I woke up “Pete” to show him the malt liquor-filled fridge. After a couple or three seconds, we reached for our first 40 oz. of the morning, some necessary head medicine to help with the after effects of our Saturday night at the bar.
In a uniform of boxers and t-shirts, we settled in the living room to watch Barfly. After a while, the 40 became an 80, then a 120.
Towards the end of the movie, we heard somebody banging on the front door. I figured it was “Pete’s” brother, as the door opened and somebody let themselves in. “Pete” jumped up and blurted, “Hi, Mom!”
It was my first time meeting her, as I sat there in my underwear, drunk at 11 in the morning.
I think she always looked at me funny after that.
Barfly is available on Amazon in Blu-Ray and DVD.