|Starring:||The Dandy Warhols, Matt Hollywood, Joel Gion, Anton Newcombe|
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Nov 2005|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Director Ondi Timoner got more than she bargained for in her legendary rock documentary following sometime musical associates, sometime fierce rivals The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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Great rock and roll documentaryBy McClennan (424 reviews) from St Helens , 01 Mar 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]ilarious documentary about the rivalry between The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. I'd heard of both bands, but only heard music by the former and nothing about the latter. Exploring more the egomania of the Jonestown front singer to say that this is one of the most interesting rock documentaries I've seen is an understatement. I don't think everyone would enjoy the music, however in the opening half hour of the film, the scene is set on what the Jonestown Massacre believe in musically and it sat very well with me, both musically and artistically, to the extent that I was very interested to hear more of their music. Instead of the film being a promotion for the band it swung in a different direction as the ego of the Jonestown lead singer got worse and worse and out of control. At times it seemed contrived but when you watched the film you buy in to his ego and watch with humour and a bit of sadness at a talent that could be so much more than it is. Heartily recommended for any fans of rock and roll cliches done well.
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Doug? You there Doug?By zjwaller (13 reviews) , 23 Nov 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideIf you like either of these bands' music (I do) you probably shouldn't watch DiG! Both singers are massive dicks, particularly Anton from TBJM, and it does make you doubt your music taste. However, if you can get past that and the fact that they are constantly acting for the camera, there are some interesting things to take. Principally, that luck plays a massive part in music careers. Witness the consequences of the Dandy's being caught with dope in France (they pay a $15 dollar fine, get it back and smoke it on stage that afternoon) versus what happens to the TBJM who get busted in the states (they are thrown in jail for a few days torpedoing a tour that was probably their only chance to 'make it big'). An interesting insight into the music industry and certainly entertaining, if a little jarring at times.
Dig ! - My ReviewBy DaddyTank (228 reviews) from Ulan Bator , 04 Apr 2012A great documentary about indie rock and 'the business'. I can't stand either band but I watched it for the fist fights and trbulations. The most interesting thing for me is how dated the whole affair is. The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre both played a hideously dated 1960's hippy infused garage rock and achieved little. Then the Dandy's got picked up for a few reasons (chick bass player with topless tendencies and exceptionally handsome hipster vocalist) while the BJ Massacre (hahaha) got left behind for equally obvious reasons (mental health dubious, excessive drug consumption, not enough attractive members).
On reflection the BJ Massacre (chuckle) are a much better band and multi-instrumentalist Anton Newcombe deserves much better. But he's a junkie and a lunatic so there you go. And the Dandy Warhols....well where are they now ?
Great Documentary, watch it!By Matrisse (44 reviews) from London , 07 Jul 2011Dig is bloody excellent! Raw, real, unreasonable, this is a great examination of people thrown together by music, sex, drugs and rock n roll. I loved it! Watched it twice. Fascinating. Will watch it again. Maybe the name The Brian Jones Massacre says it all total destruction. The main man, Antoine Newcombe, is a true artist genius, brilliant, clever, ground breaking, weird, difficult, volatile. And utterly destructive. Absolutely made to make music, he has a one way street approach to his outcome, his way. Or nothing at all. Wonderfully he is still making music today, something I was very happy to hear, because at points in the film, it felt like he would follow Curt Cobain. Antoines nemesis was (and maybe still is) Taylor Courtney of the Dandy Warhols. They toured, played and died together. Lived together, loved each other and hated each other. Antoine remains solid in his stance that music should not be about consumerism and Taylor has gained a good living through his signing of the band to a company who catapulted them to world fame. Who is right, Who is wrong, brilliantly it comes down to which music you genuinely love. By the way, have you read the Fountainhead by Ann Rand? (watch out for the part where she gets raped).
Dig your own hole....By Karen931 (212 reviews) from Edinburgh , 15 Jun 2011Brilliant documentary charting the rise and fall of two bands starting out on the same, often hard musical circuit at exactly the same time. The spiralling drug habits, over-blown egos and white-hot ambition are laid bare for all to see. And the effects are both amazing, and saddening!!
if you like indie music, just watchBy itstinks (705 reviews) from North of Reading , 04 May 2010don't read any details just watch it and be amazed it is like a vision of where Syd Barrett may have reached if he hadn't withdrawn