One of the best movies I have seen in a long time (by gabenugent)
One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. This is such a touching and tragic story with a brilliant cast and performance. If you know of Blaze Foley or his music, watch the movie and revisit what you do know about this amazing man. Sybil Rosen, and Ethan Hawke especially, thank you for sharing this story and film with the world.
Brilliant Blaze (by deager)
I often wonder why artists of brilliance, be they in music, writing, painters, etc, seem to have such tortured, troubled short lives. In music we have seen many from, Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Janis Joplin, and hundreds of others. It is if they really do make some pack with some force for the great fleeting moment of brilliance or as Blaze Foley's estranged wife says at the end of the movie, "Well you became a legend." We can include Blaze Foley in this group too. A small number of recordings, but a treasure trove of songs that have been praised by other <more>
singer/songwriters, many of whom are in or destined to be in the Hall of Fame. Ethan Hawke has made poignant, beautiful movie of this country legend that many of have never heard of, but have heard his songs. Hawke's movie moves slowly, taking in details of the era and of Blaze Foley's life. Bringing us into Foley's world as he falls in love and falls slowly into madness fuled by alcohol, drugs, his past and his disjointed view of the dishonesty of the world around him. Hawke wisely lets Foley's songs guide the story and his lyrics act as the chorus to the script. Charley Sexton is terrific as the troubled Townes Van Zant, who acts as a guide that directs us to the small and large moments of Blaze Folye's Life. Hawke has taken his time, gathered a group of fine, focused actors and used the geography of Foley's world to craft one of the best music movies to come along in a long, long time. He obviously has a deep emotional tie to the subject matter and it shows but he does not shy away from the darkness that always hovered over his subject like a thunderstorm ready to burst. Highly recommended!
A Moving Portrait of an Authentic Music Legend (by smolen-91724)
I rarely write movie reviews, but this poignant film of the life, and music, of Blaze Foley compelled me to sit down and do so while the memory of it is still fresh in my mind. The movie evoked memories of lost simpler times in Austin, when one could buy a cheap pitcher of beer in some rustic venue and stay out all night listening to music performed by folks who would go on to become legends. Two of those legends, Blaze Foley, powerfully portrayed by Ben Dickey, and Townes Van Zandt, brought brilliantly to life by Charlie Sexton, are deeply interwoven into the tale of Austin's music <more>
scene, so if you need a reminder of what drew you to Austin in the first place, or are just the least bit curious about Austin's music heritage and beginnings, this is the movie for you. The music alone is worth the price of admission.
Blaze was not another story about a washed up country singer who just couldn't help himself, but more like a guy who very humanly did the best he could in a most authentic way. The supporting cast of characters were amazing and this story was about love, destiny, pain and acceptance. Ben wrapped the whole thing up with a bow when delivering the monologue at the end, where Blaze allowed himself just a second to acknowledge his father's effect and his own regrets before putting on the armour and standing up for right. Being lucky enough to attend a Q&A after makes me ready to see it <more>
again. Why is Alia Shawkat not listed in cast & crew?
I too had the pleasure of appreciating a Q&A with Ethan, Sybil and the actors playing Blaze and Townes. What a treat. Thank you Sybil for sharing your story and thank you Ethan for creating this sweet and sad small movie and introducing me to music and this story that I was unaware of. So glad to be introduced to Blaze's story and most imporrtantly his musci. Amazing that this was Ben's acting debut - he was great too!