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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.
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.
I don't know that I've seen a film that better captures the tension between authenticity and ambition that bedevils modern rock music -- the sense that a mass audience is something to be desired and detested at one and the same time.
Through that mixture of luck and diligence that makes the best documentaries, Timoner offers a resonant, often painfully funny, drama about two good friends who become enemies against the backdrop of the pop-music business.
DIG! is part post-grunge version of A Star is Born, part Cain and Abel fable of split fraternal affinities, and part reiteration of the oldest story in rock music: the impossibility of reconciling success with integrity.
What emerges is a fascinating portrait of an artist as a self-destructive young man - Brian Jonestown's resident "mad genius," Anton Newcombe, whose drug and drink-fueled antics on and offstage make Jim Morrison look like Jim Nabors.
Beyond the lure of going intimately behind the scenes with two excellent indie outfits (one drastically underappreciated), DIG! offers fascinating insights into how some vivid personalities fare in the music industry.
Timoner followed Newombe's band, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and its archrival, the Dandy Warhols, for seven years and has put together some amazing footage of the rock life at its most exalted and most mundane.