DiG! (2004)

Dir. Ondi Timoner

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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