Self-declared aspiring writer Hank Chinaski has neither qualifications, ambition nor ethics. Any dead-end job he lands is soon lost through laziness or mischief. His relationship with fellow deadbeat Jan gets strained to crisis through her insecurity, so he even gives up betting on horses…
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Though Dillon does play a better Chinaski than Rourke, the writing could be so much better. The movie it's okay for Bukowski fans who just want to see the good old Hank again in a motion picture, but over all it's pretty dull and forgettable.
Dillon smacked Bukowski dead on the nose; I wish he could have lived to see his influence. I think this film would have finally sent that message home to him. It seems influential people are limited in their awareness of their influence, as if it is a human impossibility to know one's own worth. I think that saying Bukowski only wrote about the affairs of taverns is like saying Jack London only wrote about dogs.
Quite memorable for even the most casual reader of Bukowski, but falls so short of its potential. Factotum is a great novel that could very well be made into a Palme d’Or winning film - but this isn’t it.
A drama/dark comedy about Charles Bukowskis alter egos casual adventures among women and booze. Undoubtly divides opinions but moralistic views towards the main characters alcohol abuse and antipathy against paid work definitely misses the point. The directing, shooting and the rhythm of the film are also incredible. Not to mention the story, from which one should not even try to find any seemable "plot".
I think that Hamer did a great job! Movie budget was only 1$ million!!! First, you should think about how hard it was to adapt Bukowski for a movie. I noticed a lot of amazing stuff in this film, even if there's no some good parts of novel. Also, i love what Jon Rosenlund did with photography. Good lightnings, and a couple of great set designs! Could be better, but they did a fantastic job with kinda funny budget!4/5