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  • Starring: Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton
  • Director: Ethan Hawke
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Music
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 127 min.

Blaze is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey), 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. [Sundance Selects]

"Hands down the best movie of its kind since Inside Llewyn Davis."
- Nick Allen,
"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."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"At its best, Blaze feels like a cinematic translation of not just Blaze Foley's life but his music, anchored by two incredibly likable, lived-in performances."
- Brian Tallerico,
"What Hawke has provided here, with plenty of grace and a minimum of fuss, is an elegy for a life that went missing, more smolder than blaze, and a chance to hear the songs of the unsung."
- Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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."
- David Ehrlich, indieWire
"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."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"The movie is Hawke's fourth and best feature as a director; it's immensely touching, and only deceptively shapeless."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The great singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt used to say there are two kinds of music: the blues and zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Both are on full, florid display in Blaze, an absorbing, illuminating film about the late musician Blaze Foley."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Every one of the relationships depicted crackles with history, tension and love. This a film about how we tell stories about the dead, and who gets to craft these legends."
- Oliver Jones, Observer
"Director Ethan Hawke turns the story of hard-livin' troubadour Blaze Foley into a tribute to artistic integrity - and the best music biopic of the year"
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone