Saw Factotum for the first time on Saturday night. Interesting how much of the same ground it covered as Barfly, but the acting was a thousand times better. Rourke and Dunaway look like hammy regional dinner theater actors compared to Dillon, Taylor and Tomei. They played much more convincing drunks, which made the whole thing more believable, and - for me anyway - harder to watch (real drunks are generally very, very boring to sit and look at). Maybe Barfly is so solidly wedged into Bukowski lore because it was first, and because he wrote the screenplay. But as a film, when you watch it objectively, there's really not much there. But that could be said for all the films based on his work, including Factotum. I'm not sure why that is. An interesting movie could be made using Bukowski's work. It just hasn't been done yet. Oh, and I barely noticed the smokey, haunting songs of Kristin Asbjornsen.