About Dave Taylor

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Dave was born a sci-fi geek, though it took a while for him to realize it. His favorite books in high school were “Dune” and “Stranger in a Strange Land”, and once he saw the first “Star Wars” film (aka Part IV: A New Hope), his fate was sealed. Indulging in his fantasy about affecting the future, he has a Bachelors degree in computer science, a Masters degree in education and an MBA, and spent a few years working as a mad scientist (um, research scientist) at Hewlett-Packard's R&D Labs in Silicon Valley. In addition to his work as a tech support oracle at the popular AskDaveTaylor.com he’s also a well-respected film critic with his work published in a variety of places including the Boulder Weekly, Colorado Business Magazine and on his own DaveOnFilm.com film blog. His tastes run to action and adventure films, with some solid science fiction stirred in for seasoning. You can also find him ranting about films and movie news on Twitter as @FilmBuzz and maybe, just maybe, lurking in the alleys at a popular film festival near you.
Favorites: Favorites: Alien, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Serenity, Moon, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Location: Boulder, CO

Dave Taylor - Movie Critic

  • Movie Review: ‘Lucy’

    Posted Friday, July 25th, 2014 10:00 am GMT -4 by
    There’s a certain story arc that just about every Luc Besson film has in common, a theme of the “every man” caught up in events far beyond their understanding. It works well because we easily identify with the protagonist and yearn to see them succeed and overcome...
  • Denver Comic-Con 2014: Cosplay At Its Best – Part 2

    Posted Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -4 by
    It’s hard not to get caught up in the fun and creativity of cosplay at a convention like Denver Comic-Con 2014 and so it’s no surprise that people put on funny hats, grab a marker and write something on their t-shirts to otherwise try to fit in to an event where...
  • Denver Comic-Con 2014: On-The-Ground Report

    Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014 12:00 pm GMT -4 by
    I’m not a seasoned con attendee, though I have been to hundreds of professional conferences. At those events, however, people’s costumes run more towards suits and power ties, not Batman and Doctor Who. Which, of course, makes events like Denver Comic-Con 2014 terrifically...
  • Denver Comic-Con 2014: The Best Of Cosplay Part 1

    Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -4 by
    The best part of a Con are the people in costume, the “cosplayers”, and Denver Comic-Con 2014 had tons of people in costumes ranging from the amazingly elaborate to, well, not so elaborate. Here is the first of our week long articles of some of our favorite cosplay...
  • Movie Review: ‘Snowpiercer’

    Posted Thursday, June 12th, 2014 12:00 pm GMT -4 by
    (DISCLAIMER: A friend invited me over to watch the original Korean release of the sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. The US distribution rights have been purchased by The Weinstein Company and it’s scheduled for a US release on June 27, so this review is of what’s possibly...
  • Movie Review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

    Posted Friday, June 6th, 2014 12:47 am GMT -4 by
    ‘Groundhog Day’ is the first film I can recall seeing that mined the humor in a temporal glitch that caused the protagonist to live through the same day time and again, gradually learning how to maneuver through the inevitable obstacles to achieve the requisite happy...
  • Movie Review: ‘Maleficent’

    Posted Friday, May 30th, 2014 01:29 pm GMT -4 by
    There are no bad guys in movies, just good guys who are misunderstood. Whether it’s the Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the band of car thieves in ‘Gone in Sixty Seconds’, or the terribly misunderstood abused-as-a-child Norman Bates...
  • Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’

    Posted Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -4 by
    I’ve always had a soft spot for the ‘Godzilla’ movies from Japanese film company Toho. Starting with the original movie in 1954, the giant environmentalist monster (“daikaiju” in Japanese) is awoken from his slumbers by us silly humans and our...
  • TV Review: ‘Penny Dreadful: Night Work’ (Pilot)

    Posted Sunday, May 11th, 2014 12:00 pm GMT -4 by
    It’s the 1800′s and the search for scientific truth keeps triggering social angst about the unknown, about dabbling the affairs of God, and is often overtaken by the public’s delight in the awful, the macabre and the sensational. It’s no coincidence that...
  • The Five Sci-Fi Films You Must Share With Your Teen

    Posted Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 10:00 am GMT -4 by
    While I’ve certainly watched a lot of movies with my children, last weekend I cracked out one of the best sci-fi films ever made and enjoyed it again with my 17 year old daughter who was a bit unsure at the beginning of ‘Alien’, but was completely caught up...
  • Movie Review: ‘Noah’

    Posted Saturday, March 29th, 2014 03:00 pm GMT -4 by
    You might be wondering why ‘Noah’ is being reviewed here on ScienceFiction.com but think about this: I suggest a more accurate title for this epic drama from director Darren Aronofsky: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Righteous’. Yes, somehow a film about...
  • Movie Review: ‘RoboCop’

    Posted Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 07:00 pm GMT -4 by
    Let me start right out with a surprise: I liked the new ‘RoboCop’ movie. I admit, I went into the theater expecting a dumb retread of a classic sci-fi film and was pleasantly surprised with director José Padilha’s take on the half-man, half-robot Alex Murphy....
  • Movie Review: ‘I, Frankenstein’

    Posted Saturday, January 25th, 2014 09:00 pm GMT -4 by
    I’m tempted to say that it was doomed from the start with bad casting, but let me build my case before I kill the baby and toss the corpse on the pile. But really, who thought of pretty face Aaron Eckhart as the monster assembled from “dozens of parts from eight different...
  • Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

    Posted Friday, December 13th, 2013 10:00 am GMT -4 by
    While I love the great Tolkien books and am still amazed at the accomplishment of Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy — a film powerhouse that’s raked in almost three billion dollars worldwide — I have to be candid and say that I...
  • Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

    Posted Friday, November 22nd, 2013 10:00 am GMT -4 by
    It’s been a long time since I was a teenager, so arguably I’m not the target demographic for the new movie ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’. To compensate, I brought along my 17 y.o. daughter and this review represents both our perspectives. Her comments...