Once upon a time, critics ooohed and aaahed over actor Mickey Rourke’s gifted portrayals of lowlifes. Turns out he was a gifted lowlife portraying an actor. “Barfly” was made in 1987 when the critics were still fooled. It helps that the film includes Faye Dunaway, another darling of the elite scribes. It’s an ugly movie about an ugly topic. Rourke’s a drunk – who may also be a writer – but is mostly a drunken loser surrounded by like kind. The film would try to convince you there’s some poetry in the ugliness. In some ways, it’s a metaphor for Rourke himself.

 

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