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 more extensive reviews published at DaveOnFilm movie 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 @DaveTaylor 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 - Writer

  • Movie Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’

    Posted Friday, May 19th, 2017 05:15 pm GMT -4

    The formula is easy to figure out: a bunch of rough-and-ready spacers trapped in an enclosed space with a big, scary alien creature that’s only interested in one thing: eating them. This formula has not only worked for five previous ‘Alien’ movies with small variations but for countless other horror/sci-fi films too. Though much debated, […]

  • Movie Review: ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’

    Posted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 06:56 pm GMT -4

    There are some film directors who have such a strong imprint on their films that regardless of the story, you know what kind of cinematic experience you’re in for when you walk in the theater. Michael Bay loves his explosions. Quentin Tarantino loves his violence. And Guy Ritchie? He loves his style. His oeuvre encompasses […]

  • Movie Review: ‘The Circle’

    Posted Friday, April 28th, 2017 05:02 pm GMT -4

    There’s a really great film to be made about the journey we as a society are taking from private lives to a more digital, more public life where “information wants to be free” and we laud people like Julian Assange as cultural heroes for exposing the secrets of government agencies. Unfortunately, ‘The Circle’ is not […]

  • Film Review: ‘Displacement’

    Posted Thursday, April 20th, 2017 08:00 pm GMT -4

    There are few themes in science fiction cinema that are harder to get right than time travel. It’s ridiculously complex because of all the built-in paradoxes. Travel back in time to fix something and you might inadvertently prevent your parents meeting and falling in love. Have a character in the movie try to explain what’s […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Life’

    Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 04:26 pm GMT -4

    The premise of the new sci-fi horror thriller ‘Life’ clearly borrows from two other excellent sci-fi thrillers ‘Alien’ and ‘The Andromeda Strain’, and, like both of those, delivers a tense cinematic experience that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat, guessing about the outcome up to the final scene. The action all takes […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Hidden Figures’

    Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 11:00 am GMT -4

    Watch enough movies about the space race and you’ll be convinced that Americans got off the planet and ultimately to the moon through the efforts of a lot of nerdy white guys with flat-top haircuts. It took way too long for the USA to get men and women of different ethnic and racial backgrounds into […]

  • Dave’s Best And Worst Sci-Fi Movies Of 2016

    Posted Monday, December 26th, 2016 01:00 pm GMT -4

    2016 has been a great year for science fiction movies and it’s hard to narrow down my list to just a half-dozen of the best films. Science fiction cinema reflects the topics that are gnawing at society when the films are made, so the 50s and 60s were about the dangers of nuclear energy and the […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Morgan’

    Posted Friday, December 23rd, 2016 11:01 am GMT -4

    There’s precious little that’s new and provocative in the sci-fi thriller Morgan, but its still sufficiently well-assembled that it’s worth a watch, albeit on HBO, Netflix or Redbox. The production team tried to deliver a dark commentary on humanity and genetic engineering, but the big reveal was so obvious that it might as well have […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Passengers’

    Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 04:09 pm GMT -4

    You’ve been woken up from your cryopod 90 years early on a 120-year journey from Earth to the distant colony world of Homestead II. And you’re alone. No crew and none of the other 5,000 passengers on the spaceship are conscious. What do you do? Denver-based mechanic Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is the only conscious person […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

    Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 01:19 pm GMT -4

    Producing a series of films where each is a sequel of the previous is tricky enough, but slipping new films into an older series so that they begin and end at logical points yet tell a story all their own is extraordinarily difficult. And that’s exactly what director Gareth Edwards does with the terrific new […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’

    Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 04:49 pm GMT -4

    As a fan of the Harry Potter series and the wonderful universe created by author J. K. Rowling, I really wanted to like ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ But I didn’t find much to love, just a safe, entertaining young adult focused cinematic experience. This new film, the first of a five-part series, […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Arrival’

    Posted Friday, November 11th, 2016 05:00 pm GMT -4

    Don’t be misled by the movie poster and trailer, ‘Arrival’ is a cerebral sci-fi thriller about time. While there are visual aspects that are straight out of the Hollywood sci-fi tentpole alien invasion storyline, this film offers a slower and more thoughtful exploration of the core question that various human tribes have asked since the […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Inferno’

    Posted Friday, October 28th, 2016 07:23 pm GMT -4

    Author Dan Brown had a blockbuster success with the book “The DaVinci Code” back in 2003, but even with celebrity power of star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard, the 2006 film did poorly and isn’t very well considered. Part two of the trilogy featuring Harvard “Symbologist” Robert Langdon is “Angels & Demons” and its […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Approaching The Unknown’

    Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2016 07:00 pm GMT -4

    Colonizing Mars is a popular topic right now, even offering the seeds of a space race between Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Aerospace to see which group can establish a manned base on Mars. And then there’s the splendid movie ‘The Martian’ from 2015, coming on the heels of the gripping film 2013 film ‘Gravity.’ […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’

    Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2016 05:02 pm GMT -4

    The publishing industry likes to look down its elitist nose at so-called “young adult” literature, but writers aiming at a teen audience have given us a lot of our most beloved stories and characters. Not just Harry Potter and his wonderful Hogwarts, but ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘Huckleberry Finn,’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and […]