Anneliese Cooper is a former film studies major, trying to hack it in the real world (or its close correlate, New York City). In addition to writing about all things art-world-ish over at Artinfo.com, she cares for a particularly surly betta fish, manages her crippling David Bowie obsession, and makes killer stove-top popcorn.

Latest Articles

'American Beauty' Lied, Plastic Bags Are the Worst

Unlike most people — or, at least, most of the Academy in 2000 — I do not like 1999's American Beauty. In fact, I think my distaste for it has only grown stronger because it's so universally a
By Anneliese Cooper

12 Times Her Inner Monologue Was So On Point

"Sometimes, someone says something really small, and it just fits into this empty place in your heart..." So sayeth Angela Chase (a.k.a., Claire Danes), heroine of the infamously short-lived '90s teen...
By Anneliese Cooper

This Song Was Way Dirrty — Yes, With Two Rs

I distinctly remember the moment when, merrily humming along to my old childhood standby The Beatles, I first put together that "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was a thinly veiled stand-in fo...
By Anneliese Cooper

He's the Best at Being the Worst

Maybe you're better versed in Austrian TV movies than I, but prior to the release of 2009's Inglorious Basterds, I had never heard the name "Christoph Waltz." I mean, sure, perhaps whispered knowingly...
By Anneliese Cooper

This Faith Hill Song Spells Total Mental Collapse

Certain pop songs are so breezily immaterial that to hear them once is to have heard them 100 times — the kind that will always be echoing tinnily through the KMart of your imagination, at once seemin...
By Anneliese Cooper

Britney's Lost Feminist Anthem from 2000

When most people think of early-2000s Britney Spears, their minds likely jump to "Oops! . . . I Did It Again" and its accompanying red vinyl bodysuit — maybe also a dash of love for "Stronger,"
By Anneliese Cooper

#TBT: HitClips Were Awful Tools of Corporate Evil

There is a reason that, for years, I only knew the chorus and second verse of Pink's "There You Go," and that reason is HitClips. For those of you not of age in the glorious four-year window during wh...
By Anneliese Cooper

'New Girl' & 'It's Always Sunny' Are Exactly Alike

Fall is now approaching all too fast, which means back to school, back to sweatshirts — but also, back to our beloved fall TV line-up. In addition to a handful of premieres, September promises the muc...
By Anneliese Cooper

'Spy Kids' Was Eminently F-ed Up & Here's Why

When thinking back on the films of our youth, most of us probably jump first to classic animated features, maybe a Home Alone or two — but it's important to remember that with all these nostalgia touc...
By Anneliese Cooper

Lorde's First Band Had So Much Ukulele...

It's rare that a musician starts out fully formed. Sure, maybe sometimes the melodic alchemy is just that instantaneous and pure — but for most who want to strut and fret their half-hour upon a concer...
By Anneliese Cooper

Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball! 8 of Her Best Quotes

Ask anyone today to rattle off the top women in comedy, and you'll probably get names like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph — and rightly so, because they are hilarious and groundbrea...
By Anneliese Cooper

Christian Grey's Going to the Congo

If you're Jamie Dornan, you're going to want to springboard off Fifty Shades of Grey and quick, lest your identifying parenthetical forever read "Christian Grey, enigmatic tier of silk scarves" — whic...
By Anneliese Cooper

This Movie Was Genius; Its Sequels, the Worst

Toward the beginning of 2004, while most people were drooling over Return of the King or desperately hunting down news of Bennifer, I spent several straight months watching Pirates of the Caribbean: T...
By Anneliese Cooper

13 Reasons Rewatching 'Garden State' Is a Bad Idea

When recalling the movie Garden State, there are likely a few key images that flash first to mind: the garbage-bags-rain-scream, Zach Braff's contemplative face (which is centered in a close-up for ab...
By Anneliese Cooper

It's Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Role...

It's as strange as it is tragic when an actor dies young — their onscreen presence suddenly ghostly, their upcoming projects weighted with a new and terrible significance. And so it is with A Most Wa...
By Anneliese Cooper

Remembering Amy Winehouse's Influence

If ever there was a day to play Back to Black on repeat, it's this one — July 23rd, the anniversary of Amy Winehouse's tragic death. Joining the many members of music's lethal "27 Club," the singer su...
By Anneliese Cooper

7 Famous Faces in 'Drop Dead Gorgeous'

While Miss Congeniality may get most of the spotlight when it comes to comedies about beauty pageants — and, come to think of it, comedies about mid-pageant fatalities — real fans of hairspray and may...
By Anneliese Cooper

'When Harry Met Sally' Poisoned Your Brain

If you've ever considered faking an orgasm in Katz's deli to make a point, or spent a New Years countdown wishing someone would burst in and rattle off all the specific reasons they want to be with yo...
By Anneliese Cooper

Gerard Way May Not Have Planned It, But It Rules

A few weeks ago, midway through a show some friends of mine were headlining, one of the opening acts bashfully took the stage — and, within 2 minutes, I had their lead singer pegged. Rumpled button-do...
By Anneliese Cooper

Not All Great Animated Movies Were Disney, Y'know

In the same way that "Kleenex" has become synonymous with "facial tissue" and "Coke" often acts a stand-in word for any brand of brown soda, the phrase "Disney movie" is often used interchangeably wit...
By Anneliese Cooper