From Riley on Film: “Blaze, 2018 – ★★★★”

Ethan Hawke directed this mighty pleasant bio music pic. It portrays the folk/country music career of Blaze Foley, a personal friend and contemporary of the folk hero Townes van Zandt. It has a slow pace and I recommend reading the Wiki article and listening to some of Blaze’s music. He was very talented and some of his songs, like “Cold Cold World” are nothing short of hypnotic. He reminds me of the guy at every party drinking whiskey and playing his songs in the corner. 

Alia Shawkat, Blaze’s lover, is fast becoming one of my favorite new actresses. She is stunning in this. I first noticed her in “Arrested Develppment.” Hawke’s oversight of this story makes for a dreamlike journey of emotions. It wears a bit long so it lost a star for that. Otherwise, I recommend.

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