Chris Coffel

My name is Chris Coffel and I usually write about Nicolas Cage. When I'm not writing about Nicolas Cage I'm usually thinking about writing about Nicolas Cage.
The Cable Guy

What Critics Said About 1996’s ‘The Cable Guy’

By Chris Coffel 

In 1996, Jim Carrey took home a record paycheck when he made ‘The Cable Guy.’ What did critics think of his foray into dark comedy?

Hollywood Theatre

Back to the Movies: Celebrating Portland’s Historic Hollywood Theatre

By Chris Coffel 

The Hollywood Theatre first opened its doors in 1926. Nearly one hundred years later, it has navigated its fair share of hard times to become a beloved staple in the Portland arts scene.

Saw

What Critics Said About 2004’s ‘Saw’

By Chris Coffel 

James Wan and Leigh Whannell burst onto the scene in 2004 with their twisty morality tale about a killer that likes to play games. What did critics have to say about ‘Saw?’

Mortal Kombat

What Critics Said About 1995’s ‘Mortal Kombat’

By Chris Coffel 

‘Mortal Kombat’ is a cheesy, brainless fighting flick, but it proved that video game adaptations have a proper place in cinema.

Gamera Guardian Of The Universe

Gamera: the Godzilla Knockoff That Became So Much More

By Chris Coffel 

Gamera may have begun as a cheap Godzilla knockoff, but the flying fire-breathing turtle has earned his place at the big boy kaiju table.

Silent Night Deadly Night

What Critics Said About ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’

By Chris Coffel 

‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ created a stir in 1984 for its offensive portrayal of Santa Claus. Three decades later and it’s a holiday horror favorite that confronts trauma.

Speed Racer

What Critics Said About ‘Speed Racer’ in 2008

By Chris Coffel 

‘Speed Racer’ was a panned flop when it released in 2008. But these days the Wachowskis’ live-action anime has started to earn cult status.

Sophomore Horror Movies

10 Fantastic Horror Films That Avoid the Sophomore Slump

By Chris Coffel 

You never forget your second.

Halloween Iii Season Of The Witch

What Critics Said About ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’

By Chris Coffel 

The film that nearly derailed the ‘Halloween’ franchise is now one of the most popular entries in the series.