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DiG! (2004)

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90

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 7

So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star? Dig! compellingly chronicles the ups and downs of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, two ambitious bands whose love/hate relationship embodies many of the potential pratfalls of the music business.

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 2

So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star? Dig! compellingly chronicles the ups and downs of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, two ambitious bands whose love/hate relationship embodies many of the potential pratfalls of the music business.

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Tracks the tumultuous rise of two talented musicians, Anton Newcombe, leader of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Courtney Taylor, leader of the Dandy Warhols, and dissects their star-crossed friendship and bitter rivalry. Both are hell-bent on staging a self-proclaimed revolution of the music industry. Through their loves and obsessions, gigs and recordings, arrests and death threats, uppers and downers, and ultimately to their chance at a piece of the profit-driven music business. How each

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (7) | DVD (15)

[An] unflinching look at the rock world.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
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It's a classic music soap opera, but never told with a more raw scream for help at its center.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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I must admit that I came out of DiG! with a certain degree of admiration for Newcombe -- and for this documentary.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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In a year that has seen several fascinating documentaries on famous rock stars and their problems, Dig! stands out for being about musicians who only think they should be famous. And, man, do they have problems.

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Its power comes from Timoner sticking with the story over the long haul -- on the road, in hotel rooms, backstage -- getting in-your-face footage and telling a good tale with it.

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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There's nothing cautionary in DiG! that you couldn't learn by renting the 1986 Sex Pistols-related biopic Sid and Nancy -- or exploring the commercially still-born yet revered career of the Velvet Underground.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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fulfills the function and promise of all great documentaries

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

This remarkable first feature by Ondi Timoner transcends its subject matter by engaging our emotions and making us care about the likes of Anton Newcombe, even if we don't like him very much.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

DIG! is also brave enough to show the real, ugly warts of the music business, whereas more established bands would probably prefer a polished, PR-approved vision.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Newcombe is clearly as troubled as he is talented, maybe more.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

This amped-up rockumentary doubles as an essay on self-destruction.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Consistently funny and brutally honest, Dig! is a great addition to the rockumentary genre.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A vibrant and vivid documentary masterwork.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Erratic, tragic, and absolutely hilarious: Dig! is fantastic filmmaking.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Linked together by the deadpan, melancholy drawl of Taylor's narration, it's filled with parasites, charlatans and oddballs. Not to mention a succession of wonderful songs.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Utilizando imagens capturadas ao longo de sete anos, Timoner cria um autêntico (e fascinante) arco narrativo, estabelecendo brilhantemente a trajetória de seus anti-heróis.

April 30, 2005
Cinema em Cena

A messy home movie about the competition between two overindulged rock bands. Much angst. Little talent.

April 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comments (3)
Cinema Signals

Frequently jaw-dropping doc, which exposes rock for the hilarious and harrowing undertaking it is.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The film is so candid and real that it's like watching a friend slip into the morass of addiction, obsession, and pig-headed self-absorption.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

About the best sounding traffic accident I've ever seen...

December 14, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

An amazing documentary that should be required viewing for every garage band dreaming of hitting the big time.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Obsessed with two insignificant musical acts.

November 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Comments (2)
Arizona Daily Star

Here I am, no particular fan of either group, and I found the film immensely enjoyable, like watching an especially hilarious trainwreck as it happens.

November 20, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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Audience Reviews for DiG!

An extremely well done documentary on bands that I never really knew much about before. Sure I've listened to and own albums from each, but hearing and seeing the background of their inspiration only makes you see them in a different light. If anything, you can sure admire and at the same time hate the bizarre nature of Anton Newcombe. His thought process is like no one else, except for maybe a young Charles Manson. Courtney Taylor is pretty much who you'd expect him to be, but I don't think he's nearly as self centered as he was made out to be. The fact that he was the narrator made him out to be an all knowing prick, but he really is a hard working and brilliant person. It's got everything you can ask for in a Rockumentary; Drugs, gossip and music.
April 18, 2010
ythelastman89

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Brian Jamestown Massacre guy is a fucking dipshit.
August 8, 2007
tsigur

Super Reviewer

This document of a douchetard convention is either the worst music documentary ever made or the best comedy ever made. The battle between Newcombe and Taylor as far as who's more pretentious is easily won by Taylor, but Newcombe definitely takes the cake for being more fucked up. Dig is great if you're looking for laughs, but Taylor's "I'm so fucking cool" narration drags it down when Newcombe isn't acting like a total asswipe in the most entertaining of ways. Any interest I had in listening to Brian Jonestown Massacre is now completely out of my system and if I had any Dandy Warlhols albums to sell that would definitely make the top of my to-do list even though I don't mind the Warhols' music. But the more I think about this, the more I laugh. The BJM show at the communist headquarters, Newcombe's ramblings and impromptu fights, Taylor playing shirtless--it's all gold.
June 13, 2007
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

Oh gawd! Another band movie with a bunch of people that I can barely stand with a bunch of people that I can barely remember. Why are these things so damn important to people?
June 23, 2008
John Ballantine

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