I think the two are completely different kinds of films. Barfly, as played by Rourke, is a funny Hollywood film (as funny as Buk's Phila period can be), versus Tales which is a very challenging, raw film. I have to say I love both. I enjoy Barfly for its humour, but I also enjoy Tales for its, well, its madness. Maybe Tales could have used a touch more humor to make it play more like a Bukowski piece, but it's bizzare and twisted enough to feel like a bad hangover day, which I'm sure Buk had his share of. Pauline Kael, the New Yorker film critic (still untouched by any other critic, IMO) loved Tales for it brutalness and the sense that you've experienced something very genuine and out of the ordinary after watching it. I would think Buk would be proud of that accessment, although he didn't like the film.