Capsule Review: "Pollock"

by Eric Melin on February 16, 2001

in Print Reviews

Nick and I did a double feature the Friday night before the Oscars. It was kind of a cramming session to study up for Sunday night’s main event. It just so happened that both films were biographies of artists. First up was “Pollock,” a dreary movie directed by and starring Ed Harris. I really liked his performance and that of his Oscar-winning costar, Marcia Gay Harden. But the story seemed partly thrown together and definitely not very in-depth. It was vague about why painter Jackson Pollock was an alcoholic. I felt like I didn’t really get to know him as a person at all, much like the other bad biopic, “Man on the Moon.” They even pulled a “Cast Away” on me! What’s this ‘five years later’ crap!? All of a sudden he’s an absolute monster. This mixed-up movie even looked terrible, except during the scenes where Pollock painted. That’s when the screen really came alive. I wasn’t tired, but I almost fell asleep.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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