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: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

    Posted Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 01:01 am GMT -5
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    I know you’re wondering, so I’ll just start out saying that ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ is really good, a satisfying ending to director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of Hobbit movies. Smaug is vanquished, Bilbo returns to the Shire, and the dwarves emerge victorious from the epic battle between the forces of good, the […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Automata’

    Posted Friday, October 10th, 2014 12:00 pm GMT -5
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    At the brink of human destruction, with almost all of the Earth’s population killed by a massive increase in solar storms, one city remains. It’s humanity’s last gasp, complete with artificial cloud cover created and managed by the primitive Automata Pilgrim 7000 robots. Millions of them. All working to keep the last vestige of humanity […]

  • Movie Review: ‘The Maze Runner’

    Posted Friday, September 19th, 2014 04:00 pm GMT -5
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    It’s a dystopic, post-apocalyptic future and teens are being picked on again. They’re not the keeper of the community’s memories, they aren’t supposed to kill each other, they’re just stuck in this massive concrete and steel edifice with only their own wits and guile to make it through each day. In fact, some of the teen boys […]

  • Movie Review: ‘The Giver’

    Posted Friday, August 15th, 2014 06:58 pm GMT -5
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    It’s the future and after some sort of presumed apocalyptic event, society has been rebuilt with all emotion, all differences, all fear and joy removed. The village is neat and symmetric and the family has been replaced by a unit, mother, father, two children of different ages, each in their assigned domicile. Reflecting this is […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

    Posted Friday, August 8th, 2014 07:29 pm GMT -5
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    ((yawn)) >tap< Is this thing on? Ah, great. Okay, so Michael Bay hired director Jonathan Liebesman and brought back the somewhat radioactive Megan Fox as the human lead in yet another remake of the amusing children’s tale ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’ What’s Liebesman done before? ‘Battle: Los Angeles‘ (an incoherent mess) and ‘Wrath of the […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

    Posted Friday, August 1st, 2014 04:06 pm GMT -5
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    I really liked ‘The Avengers,’ but there’s something inherently a bit dry about a group of self-important goody-goody characters. It’s the problem of Superman and Captain America (and yes, I know that Superman isn’t one of the Avengers. And never shall DC and Marvel overlap at the cineplex, alas). In fact, the only character who was […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Lucy’

    Posted Friday, July 25th, 2014 10:00 am GMT -5
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    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 the challenges that they encounter on their quest […]

  • Denver Comic-Con 2014: Cosplay At Its Best – Part 2

    Posted Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -5
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    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 upwards of 20% of […]

  • Denver Comic-Con 2014: On-The-Ground Report

    Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014 12:00 pm GMT -5
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    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 fun to attend. But as someone new to the scene, it’s also […]

  • Denver Comic-Con 2014: The Best Of Cosplay Part 1

    Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -5
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    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 outfits that were seen over the weekend: Keep […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Snowpiercer’

    Posted Thursday, June 12th, 2014 12:00 pm GMT -5
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    (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 a slightly different version (although industry buzz is that the changes that […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

    Posted Friday, June 6th, 2014 12:47 am GMT -5
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    ‘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 ending. Amusing as that film is, however, there’s a depth to […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Maleficent’

    Posted Friday, May 30th, 2014 01:29 pm GMT -5
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    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 from ‘Bates Motel‘ (and thence ‘Psycho’), our society seems obsessed with trying […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’

    Posted Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -5
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    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 dangerous nuclear bombs. Since that first film, he’s starred in a remarkable 28 films. In 1998, Sony […]

  • TV Review: ‘Penny Dreadful: Night Work’ (Pilot)

    Posted Sunday, May 11th, 2014 12:00 pm GMT -5
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    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 at The British Royal Academy, the foundations of the modern scientific era are being discovered […]