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

  • 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...
  • Movie Review: ‘Ender’s Game’

    Posted Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 09:00 am GMT -4 by
    The book ‘Ender’s Game’, by Orson Scott Card, stands as one of the best sci-fi titles ever written, which has made turning its sweeping story of alien invasion and complex simulations into a film that retains the heart and ethical dilemma faced by the main...
  • Movie Review: ‘Gravity’

    Posted Friday, October 4th, 2013 06:00 pm GMT -4 by
    I’m a big fan of hard sci-fi, so I’m the perfect audience for the new Alfonso Cuarón film ’Gravity’. The trades had been abuzz for months with the camera techniques that were using during filming to create a true “zero gravity” effect and...
  • Movie Review: ‘Riddick’

    Posted Friday, September 6th, 2013 08:24 pm GMT -4 by
    It was a decade ago that we met the mysterious, uber-tough Furyan Riddick (Vin Diesel) in the sci-fi horror film ‘Pitch Black’. Playing with the concept of what you can’t see can indeed hurt you, it was a fun start to a somewhat lackluster franchise, even as...
  • Movie Review: ‘R.I.P.D.’

    Posted Saturday, July 20th, 2013 09:00 am GMT -4 by
    No really, ‘R.I.P.D.’ is not 80% ‘Men In Black’ and 20% ‘Ghostbusters’. Well, maybe it kind of is. In fact, the officers of the “Rest In Peace Department” in the movie are assigned the task of making sure that dead people get the...
  • Movie Review: ‘Pacific Rim’

    Posted Saturday, July 13th, 2013 11:00 am GMT -4 by
    It’s ‘Transformers’ meets ‘Godzilla‘. Or maybe it’s more like ‘Real Steel‘ meets ‘Jurassic Park’. However you slice it, if you can check your brain at the door, ‘Pacific Rim’ is a rollicking good time, a...
  • Movie Review: ‘Man of Steel’

    Posted Friday, June 14th, 2013 12:00 pm GMT -4 by
    A superhero that’s a product of his era, Superman showed up in the common culture back in 1938. It was World War II that highlighted the tension inherent in his super-human character, as Nazi Germany proclaimed the superiority of its own super-human race, Aryans. An über-patriotic...
  • Movie Review: After Earth

    Posted Friday, May 31st, 2013 07:30 pm GMT -4 by
     There’s a lot to like about the new science fiction film After Earth, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Will and Jaden Smith. From the wonderfully organic feel of the far future world to the hazardous asteroid storm that damages their ship far from a safe...
  • Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

    Posted Friday, May 17th, 2013 02:02 pm GMT -4 by
    Star Trek was an important milestone in science fiction, a TV series that gave us hope for the future, that posited a world where race and gender had become irrelevant. As the 60′s TV show evolved and spawned new TV series and ten feature films, things became rather grim....
  • Film Review: Oblivion

    Posted Friday, April 19th, 2013 01:00 pm GMT -4 by
     I knew going into the theater that it was a Tom Cruise movie. There’s something about movies that have Tom Cruise in the starring role, something about the fact that he’s in every single scene and that whether he’s supposed to be part of a team (Mission:...