DiG! (2004)

Dir. Ondi Timoner
6/10

I saw this with Mitchell, and he liked it. I would recommend this to Chris. Penny might find this interesting, but I wouldn’t tell her to rush out and see this. Marc might like this, but if I had to guess, I’d say no. I wouldn’t recommend this to Don, John, Joel or Jill. I have no idea about Tony.

**
This is a documentary about two 90s indie bands: The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols. The focuses on the two leaders of the band, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor, respectively. I had never heard of the bands or leaders, and I don’t think you have to to get into the film. I do think you have to be interested in pop/rock music to the point where you would be interested in a rock documentary. On the other hand, some viewers not interested in rock documentaries might find Newcombe, particularly his ego, fascinating to watch.

***
Mitchell wanted to see more analysis and commentary about the music, especially since the people in the film talked about how great and revolutionary it was. I agree with this. For all the hype, I didn’t think the music that they did play warranted the degree of praise in the film. I would have liked to have heard a defense from the people–including maybe other notable musicians and journalists.

I also wanted to see more probing questions or analysis of the principle subjects and the people around them, something that create a richer portrait of the people in the film. I just felt that the portrayals were a little superficial.

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