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 … More

Rating: R (for language and drug use)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Ondi Timoner
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On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Dig!

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (25)

[An] unflinching look at the rock world.

August 14, 2007
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

fulfills the function and promise of all great documentaries

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
Cinema Writer

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

Super Reviewer

Brian Jamestown Massacre guy is a fucking dipshit.

Tim Sigur

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.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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