The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
A documentary on the once promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols. The friendship between respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor, escalated into bitter rivalry as the Dandy Warhols garnered major international success while the Brian Jonestown Massacre imploded in a haze of drugs.
I dragged my husband to see The Brian Jonestown Massacre live last night and today he wanted to watch the documentary about them [and The Dandy Warhols], even though he's partially deaf today in thanks to the experience.
I haven't seen DiG! since around the time it was released and I haven't listened to their music in years either, so it was almost surreal seeing them perform last night. While there weren't any significant outbursts or shenanigans on stage, I found my 31-year-old self very annoyed at the 19-year-old, drunk on watered down beer crowd. Maybe I'm just getting too old for this shit, you know, getting bumped into, spilled on and sweaty in a small venue with bright lights…
Anton Newcombe should have been a rockstar. He's one of the great musical minds of his generation and if there were any musical justic in the world, he'd be a household name. But he isn't. This movie tells the story of how that happened.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this documentary tells two stories gathered over seven years and 1500 hours of footage. It contrasts the successes and failures of two bands that are destined (or so it seems) for stardom. The stories fit so well not just because of how well they know each other personally and all of the drama that goes with that, but also because of the fundamentally different approaches these two bands…
Dos narcisistas con talento limitado compiten por una revolución musical que nunca llegará. Uno es una estrella del pop con cara de cera que pasa de largo de las peleas y el otro es un drogadicto al que su entorno ha hecho creer que es la segunda llegada de Syd Barrett. Entre ellos dos hay un puñado de gente horrible, tres chicos blancos de clase media y una cámara sin escrúpulos que saca oro cómico del patetismo y de la manipulación.
"Is that blood on you?"
The crazy frontman of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre blows his chances for success. Compelling if in a reality TV way. Very few talking heads, which is nice.
This doc is about two bands who I've never been able to get into (one of which I straight up can't stand). The fact that the movie was so good is a testament to the hard work of the filmmakers. Sure, these people are certainly characters, but I've seen that in other docs and it wasn't nearly as well-done or entertaining (Overnight).
Seriously though, spending seven years with these people would have literally killed me. I'd be dead.
pure insanity + great music = Matthew is happy
The hubris, ego and general dickishness that has been associated with the rock star persona has never been more flagrant, unapologetic, pronounced or accurate as it is presented in Timoner's madcap "rockumentary" on these two indie bands in the late '90s. Chronicling several years in the tumultuous careers of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, led by self-appointed saviour of "real music" Anton Newcombe, and The Dandy Warhols, fronted by uncooperative and egotistical singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor, the film captures every moment of their attempts to reach success and how their own high opinion of themselves sabotage them at every step. More of a focus on Newcombe than a comparison of the two bands, the film follows his personal issues and his self-destructive…
One of the best, if not the best, music documentaries. Must watch.
a wild ride into the rise and fall of one of the most fascinating band of our time (BJM that is). Countless hilarious quotes, a great soundtrack, Dantesque scenes of influenced recording sessions and chaotic live shows and a look into the madness behind the genius of Anton Newcombe. An exciting documentary, even if the symmetry between BJM and the Dandys sometimes lacks subtility and feels a bit exaggerated. A great watch nevertheless.
Thank god for mental illness.
"They broke my zee-tar, motherfuckers."
endless self-centered rockstar posturing streaming down like diarrhea. this is a really good snapshot of the 90s.
"Are you okay, man?"
"Yeah, I'm okay."
"Did you get hurt? Is that blood on you?"
"From people's faces."
This is the second time I saw Dig! Last time was when the Dandys were still pretty big. Now Brian Jonestown Massacre is becoming respected for their past work so watching this was weird. Talk about kicking someone when they're down - Anton had some serious mental health and drug issues and his wanting to compete with the Dandy Warhols was clearly his being jealous of the Dandys taking his sound and commercializing it. I'm not a huge BJM fan and they put out waaayyy too much music but everyone in the band was a drugged out mess which is sad, not really entertaining. Plus Joel Gion is like the luckiest dude in rock n roll - he's the American…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Fantastic documentary chronicling the life of two indie-alternative rock and roll bands from who were both great friends, and bitter rivals: The Brian Jonestown Massacre from San Francisco, CA and The Dandy Warhols from Portland, OR. Director Ondi Timoner truly hit a home run with DIG!, a film that glued that I could not stop watching.
What's fascinating about DIG! is that is reveals the ugly truth behind what probably happens to a lot of rock and roll bands over the last 50 years or so. There are inflated egos, vicious fights, and awesome parties. There's plenty of drink and drugs to go around. There's horrible pressure from the record company, and dealing with a major or minor label could…
movies directed by women,
regularly updated with new releases
Here are some #DirectedbyWomen Film Viewing Possibilities... Will add MANY more soon...
Also building a major list here: