Brimming with a zest for life and art that most Hollywood biographical portraits shun, Pollock is an unflinching document that portrays the last years of Jackson Pollock.The film chronicles the final 15 years of Pollock's life, with all of its blemishes intact. Beginning in the midst of his fame as an abstract artist, then backpedaling to Pollock's early days in the late 1940s as a detractor of Picasso's who nevertheless aped his style, the film charts the turbulent, brilliant waters of Pollock's mind and those whom he directly affected. A chance meeting with fellow New York artist Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden in a well-deserved Oscar winning role) sets Pollock's career in motion and soon, she's moved in with him and secured him funding from the eccentric New York socialite Peggy Guggenheim (Mrs. Ed Harris herself, Amy Madigan). As Pollock's art begins to garner positive notices from critics, especially Clement Greenberg (Jeffery Tambor), his struggle with alcoholism becomes more and more threatening. Krasner takes drastic action; she and Pollock pack up and move to Long Island, N.Y., creating an ersatz home in a drafty old house, complete with a long-abandoned barn. It is here that Pollock discovers his famous "drip" method of painting that skyrockets him to international fame. Soon, as his fame ebbs, Pollock becomes overweight and more abusive toward Krasner, taking on mistresses and completely ignoring his art. His life builds to a tragic climax that robs the art world of a true visionary. Pollock does what few biographical films can do: Present an objective portrait of a man so consumed by his emotions and feelings that it's all he can do to create art to share with the world.Don't miss this excellent debut from Harris. It's one of the best films this year.