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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
Even though I'd heard of DiG! before, and have been a big fan of The Dandy Warhols for a long time now, I'd never thought about watching it until I became a big fan of The Brian Jonestown Massacre in the last six months or so. I finally got round to watching it and it was a total eye-opening thrill ride from beginning to end. Whilst it could have easily been too heavily reliant on the archetypal 'talking heads' format so many music biopics tend to lean towards, director Ondi Timoner instead channeled the chaos and unpredictability of being in The Brian Jonestown Massacre by providing us with myriad candid footage of the band and their struggles to coexist with…
All time favourite band documentary about one of my favourite bands and one of my not so favourites.
A low budget look into the life of two rival/friendly bands -- both of whom I happen to greatly enjoy. Their successes are polar opposite as one reaches semi-stardom and then other clings to their pauper status in the musical society. A saddening yet funny look into the world of touring and indie music.
You know how Ed Wood is about someone with no natural talent but a strong work ethic and positive outlook on life who recruits a stable of like-minded people to create a family?
This is the exact opposite story of that.
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.
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