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Blaze (2018)

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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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Benjamin Dickey
as Blaze Foley
Alia Shawkat
as Sybil Rosen
Charlie Sexton
as Townes Van Zant
Jenn Lyon
as Cinnamon
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The film isn't a jigsaw puzzle, where every piece neatly fits into a greater whole; it's more like a drunken night of people sitting around and remembering their old friend, warts and all.

January 29, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Hands down the best movie of its kind since Inside Llewyn Davis.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Blaze is more affecting than most other live-hard/die-ugly music biopics.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The daring of Ethan Hawke as a filmmaker is that he shapes his scenes not in a conventional way but as randomly observed slivers of life that amble and glide along to Blaze's dawdling spirit.

January 22, 2018 | Full Review…

This is an interesting, frustrating man to focus on, all the way up to his muddled end. That Hawke's film will introduce a new audience to his music and soulful tenure feels like its own victory.

August 7, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's a tour de force of oversized charm and verve, a living ballad of song-writer-as-ramblin'-man (and almost compulsive screw-up).

March 22, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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