Dig! (2004)



Critic Consensus: 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 handles his stab at "success" is where the relationship frays and burns.
R (for language and drug use)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Dig!

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (25)

[An] unflinching look at the rock world.

August 13, 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
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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2004
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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2004
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
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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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?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Brian Jamestown Massacre guy is a fucking dipshit.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

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