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USA 2018
produced by
Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke, Jake Seal, John Sloss, Louis Black (executive), Sandy K. Boone (executive), Gurpreet Chandhoke (executive), Stephen Shea (executive) for Ansgar Media, Cinetic Media, Village Studios
directed by Ethan Hawke
starring Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Charlie Sexton, Josh Hamilton, Kris Kristofferson, Gurf Morlix, Ethan Hawke, Alynda Lee Segarra, Sybil Rosen, Nancy Roppolo, David Hinson, Aaron Augustus, Brittany Price, Richard Linklater, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Jean Carlot, Charles Adams, Edgar Arreola, Charles Barber, Brett Beoubay, Martin Bats Bradford, Adam Brazy, Jeff Caperton, Robert Casiello, Didi Costine, Laura Costine, Penelope Costopoulos, Martin Covert, Mitch Craft, Glinda David, Elliott Estelle, Jen Guitreau, James Hardin, David Kallaway, Rick Lecompte, D. Taylor Loeb, Jenn Lyon, Allison McDaniel, Ritchie Montgomery, Maureen Tully
screenplay by Ethan Hawke, Sybil Rosen, based on Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley by Sybil Rosen, music by Blaze Foley

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey) is an incredibly talented country and western musician and songwriter - but he usually lets his temperament get the better of him, even on stage, and he's also a heavy drinker, which often leads to him losing his perspective, and eventually a major record deal. Plus, constantly being in the company of others like fellow musician Townes Van Zandt (Charlie Sexton) who like the musician lifestyle more than the actual work makes him lose himself in drugs and parties - and thus, what could have been a fine career is no more than a tour through half empty two-bit honky tonks. And while he's happily married to Sybil (Alia Shawkat), even that relationship breaks under the strain of his more and more derailed behaviour - until disaster is inavoidable ...

 

Blaze is a movie that's very atmospheric, that looks slick and feels rounded out and is well cast and well played, and even the music is good (for someone who's not into country and western) - but it's just too damned long, so it seems to make the same point over and over and over again, especially since the film's central character has no development - his self destructive behaviour is established in the first scene, and from there on things become repetitive. It's not that this is an at all "bad" movie - but at over 2 hours it's just way too long.

 

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