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As lyrical and bittersweet as the music its subject left behind, Blaze takes a decidedly unconventional -- yet richly rewarding -- approach to the musical biopic.



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BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze's past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact of his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze's profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey.


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  • Dickey looks like a big, shaggy dog with a wounded paw who's been left out in the rain overnight. And he's a real revelation.

    Dec 26, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Hawke is more fascinated with passion than profile. And here, that's more than enough.

    Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Dickey would have made a strong impression regardless. But it turns out he can act, and sing, and has a genuine magnetism that combines with an endearing quality to create a highly appealing screen presence.

    Oct 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Hawke argues movingly that creative success has nothing to do with fame and everything to do with how an artist grows as a person and impacts the people around him.

    Oct 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Hawke tells Foley's story with heart and style, and that's going to make Blaze Foley even more of a legend, and deservedly so.

    Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Hawke's fascinated by the tug of war between artistic freedom and domestic responsibility, and he's found clever ways to deal with that theme while zigzagging through Foley's life of music, alcohol, cocaine and women.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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