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Dig! (2003)

Cast: The Dandy Warhols, The Dandy Warhols, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, more...
Director: Ondi Timoner, Ondi Timoner
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Studio: Palm Pictures
Genre: Documentary, Music, Biographies, Documentary, Music
Languages: English
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Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols provides the narration for Ondi Timoner's DIG!, which documents the divergent paths of two rock bands with similar influences. While the Warhols, self-described as the "most well-adjusted band in America," sold a lot of records in Europe before achieving commercial success in the U.S., the Brian Jonestown Massacre, led by the mercurial Anton Newcombe, self-destructed in an orgy of drug abuse and internal squabbling. Timoner followed the groups' fortunes for about seven years. In the late '90s, the groups met, and Taylor forged a friendship with Newcombe, whom he greatly admired. The bands often played together, and while BJM were being courted for a seemingly surefire major label deal, the Warhols signed with Capitol. As Timoner documents, the record deal and its attendant perks marked the beginning of a rift between the bands, as BJM members seemed to resent the Warhols' success, while the Warhols seemed all too willing to rely on their association with their out-of-control counterparts in BJM to gain a certain punk credibility. Timoner focuses more heavily on the antics of Newcombe and his band, capturing a spectacular meltdown at an industry showcase, a poorly planned tour that finds the band playing a ten-hour show for an audience of around ten people, and an embarrassing drug bust on the road. Eventually, the division between the former friends reaches the point where BJM puts out a record attacking the Warhols, and Newcombe, struggling with a life-threatening drug problem, begins stalking them at their shows, either in a misguided attempt to gain publicity or with sincere ill will. DIG! won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and was selected for the 2004 edition of New Directors/New Films. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

Dig! (2003)
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7.25 (125 votes)
Dig! (Bonus Disc) (2003)
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6.71 (21 votes)

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I don't "Dig" this -- by GGoodsell December 25, 2005 - 8:38 AM PST
0 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I hit the eject button on my DVD player 15 minutes into this feature when I realized that it would focus on a minimally talented egomaniac abusing everyone around him. I have explicit knowledge of people just like this in the indie rock world, and they're no fun to deal with and no fun to watch. For masochists only.

Icky Icky Rockstars by Xtian66 July 24, 2005 - 6:58 AM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
The dual protagonists of this high comedy project ego-mania like skunks shoot stink (or shall we call it self-esteem?) Courtney Taylor's and the rest of his Warhols have self-esteem in spades, according to this doc. Anton Newcomb and the BJM, however, are presented to the viewer behind a veneer of heroin ghosts and vicious backbiting, all the while appearing to be the addled pseudo-cult they wish they were. Their pal, Ondi, seems to have captured it all on film and has inflated the juicy bits into a fun blender of rage and smog coloured rainbows. This Ondi-person, did her job as director very well, but her superior attitude to her friends, Anton and BJM, who allowed her to chronicle their broken but hyper-talented lives (for the most part) for years does not pay much respect, except to the Warhols. Although initially almost as engaging if somewhat derivative, Courtney's smiley-face nihilists seemed to have earned it because they could be shaped into a mass-market friendly package, thus making lots of do-re-mi. Because Mr. Big Rockstar narates, and not the rival(?) band, they are supposed to be validated in the eyes of the viewer. And the "crazy Junkie" band is expected to be high tragedy for all their talent squandered. Hogwash! The music is great, too. I even dig the Dandy Warhols performances; esspessially the topless keyboardist. Yum!

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