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.
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'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 accepted as high-quality; I feel like the offspring of Tr…
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 drama My So-Called Life , in one of her many "li…
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 for "LSD." I distinctly remember, because that's the precise …
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 across the mists of time from somewhere yet untol…
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 seemingly harmless and authorlessly eternal, just a notc…
By Anneliese Cooper

Chris Kattan Has Been Ordered to Go to NA

When Chris Kattan was arrested for a DUI this past February, striking a Department of Transportation car that was cordoning off a section of the 101 Freeway while purportedly under the influence of Ambien, he initially pled not guilty to the offense,…
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," "Lucky," any of those radio-ready hits that would come t…
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 which these products were marketed — 1999, 2000, 200…
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 much-awaited reboots and reworkings of our favorite s…
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 touchstones came a steady stream of au courant Kids Mo…
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 concerthall stage, getting to the point where you're pro…
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 groundbreaking and deserve all plaudits all day. But it's im…
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" — which is exactly what the actor has done, leveraging h…
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: The Curse of the Black Pearl at least once a day. Y…
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 about 30 percent of the film), the wistfully low-key…
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 Wanted Man, the latest adaptation from the collection…
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 succumbed to accidental alcohol poisoning three year…
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 mayhem know where it's at: Drop Dead Gorgeous , which…
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 you, chances are you know — and probably love — When…
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-down/suit vest combo? Check. Black mop of face-obscu…
By Anneliese Cooper