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.Written by
Ethan Hawke and Josh Hamilton worked together in the film Alive. See more »
During a montage scene when Blaze is writing postcards from the road, Sybil is shown counting a handful of redesigned $20 bills. Foley was killed in 1989, but the redesigned $20 was not available to the public until 1998. See more »
I mean it's a little slow, you can pause this and have dinner, come back and finish it up, but I don't think it's a bad thing.
You don't rush through a beautiful poem and then toss it aside!
And this is a beautiful film. The songs are very well crafted and Ben Dickey and Alia Shawkat give compelling performances.
Hawke is an adept film maker, his use of imagery was interesting and I felt he captured the laconic atmosphere of singer songwriter movement in the south during the seventies and eighties.
I bet Hawke could make a decent western, no problem.
If you have the time to invest and a interest in music this movie will reward you.
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