Dig! (2004)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 8, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

[An] unflinching look at the rock world.

Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

One of the things that the film also explores, quite consciously, is how the music industry is actually designed to work against artists.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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

Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

fulfills the function and promise of all great documentaries

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

I must admit that I came out of DiG! with a certain degree of admiration for Newcombe -- and for this documentary.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Urban Cinefile

This remarkable first feature by Ondi Timoner transcends its subject matter by engaging our emotions and making us care about the likes of Anton Newcombe, even if we don't like him very much.

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Conner Rainwater
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… More
John Ballantine
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… More
Tim Sigur
Brian Jamestown Massacre guy is a fucking dipshit.
Lesley N
Like watching Big Brother
Michael Gildea
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… More
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