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Dig! Reviews

August 14, 2007
[An] unflinching look at the rock world.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 28, 2005
It's a classic music soap opera, but never told with a more raw scream for help at its center.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 28, 2005
I must admit that I came out of DiG! with a certain degree of admiration for Newcombe -- and for this documentary.
November 11, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2004
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 | Original Score: B+
November 5, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2004
Dig! strikes it rich by contrasting the stories of two bands going in different directions and the animosity that builds between them.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 22, 2004
Ultimately undermined by the fact that the two rock bands Timoner chose to focus on -- the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols -- simply don't matter as much as she thinks they do.
October 22, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 21, 2004
After watching your [Anton's] tantrums, abuse and addiction in DIG! I went straight to the record store to buy your music. And that's something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2004
A genuine rock mockumentary. Cautionary? Naw, but sometimes scary, often hilarious and always engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2004
The film ends up producing a sensation similar to the one that comes with discovering a good new band or album.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
The movie has become a kind of highway-safety film for the rock community.
October 8, 2004
Filmmaker Ondi Timoner followed the entangled rise of these two bands from the Pacific Northwest with an obsessive compulsive's eye for detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 6, 2004
It invites those of us who aren't alt-rock obsessives into the hive, yet it never feels like a dilettante's tour.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 1, 2004
An unusually insightful rockumentary, and filmmaker Ondi Timoner provides a comprehensively candid look at two hugely talented indie bands over the course of seven years.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 30, 2004
Timoner doesn't intrude on the events being filmed or impose editorial comment on what the audience is watching, and there's no need to.
September 30, 2004
The movie, which was seven years in the making, plays like a mid-'90s "Amadeus."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2004
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.
September 28, 2004
[A] kinetic tale of the love-hate relationship between the Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor and the Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe.
March 25, 2004
Dig! a new documentary by Ondi Timoner, gives a cinema verite spin to the endlessly fascinating pop-music soap opera formula of VH1's Behind the Music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2004
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.