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: ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’

    Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 04:49 pm GMT -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 -5

    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 […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Operation Avalanche’

    Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2016 02:05 pm GMT -5

    It’s 1968 and the United States has taken up the challenge of John F. Kennedy and been sending men to the moon as part of the Apollo project. Meanwhile, two earnest, but rather bumbling CIA agents, Matt Johnson (playing himself) and Owen Williams (playing himself) are just wrapping up their investigation of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Suicide Squad’

    Posted Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 06:17 pm GMT -5

    There’s something about misfits that seems to fit the worldview of comic book fans. Whether it’s the motley ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ the slightly less slacker ‘Avengers’ or, in this latest comic book film, ‘Suicide Squad.’ Like ‘The Expendables,’ ‘Suicide Squad’ is made up of tough, dangerous criminals who are pulled out of imprisonment because the […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’

    Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016 04:10 pm GMT -5

    As a lifelong fan, I so wanted to love this latest installment in the latest wave of ‘Star Trek’ films. I’ve been hooked on the optimistic future, melodrama and visual effects of the show since Shatner was helming the original Starship Enterprise on television. When J.J.Abrams brought his flair and action sensibilities to the reboot […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Ghostbusters’

    Posted Friday, July 15th, 2016 06:00 pm GMT -5

    Let’s start with the good news: The new Ghostbusters is funny and entertaining, the story moves along at a solid clip and has lots of cameos from the stars of the original 1986 Ghostbusters too. The story works with four women in the lead roles instead of the four men in the original film just […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

    Posted Friday, June 24th, 2016 07:00 pm GMT -5

    So as to avoid any suspense, the new film’s great fun and you should go see it. Better than the original 1996 ‘Independence Day’ in lots of different ways, it’s the first summer sci-fi action film of the season and a perfect popcorn movie, with lots of big visual effects and splattery aliens. ‘Independence Day: […]

  • Denver Comic-Con 2016: Cosplay Field Report

    Posted Saturday, June 18th, 2016 03:00 pm GMT -5

    Sure, you can go to the third largest regional Comic-Con in the world and attend the panels, learn about how to become a cartoonist, or even browse for new t-shirts or other science-fiction, fantasy or other collectibles, but in Denver, Colorado, it’s just as much a see and be seen event. And so, I attend […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows’

    Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2016 05:33 pm GMT -5

    In preparation for the new ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ movie, I re-watched the earlier ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ from 2014 and was reminded of just how awful that first film was. A sloppy mess, the story was incoherent and the effects were generally so cartoonish it might as well have been […]

  • Help ‘Blade Of Honor’ Become Your Next Favorite TV Series

    Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2016 08:00 pm GMT -5

    It used to be it was a big deal to have a new science fiction TV series launch, but with the explosion of different content channels (Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, etc) and more widespread support for escapist stories on the major networks, there’s lots of sci-fi TV to go around. But there’s always space for […]

  • Movie Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

    Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2016 04:00 pm GMT -5

    Rarely have I experienced such disappointment partway through a movie as I did with the newest X-Men universe movie ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ It starts out just phenomenally well, set in ancient Egypt about 3000 BCE and the visuals, the story, and the introduction of the powerful mutant En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac). A powerful mutant in […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Synchronicity’

    Posted Monday, May 9th, 2016 10:00 am GMT -5

    There are few topics more complex for a film to tackle than time travel. Whether it’s the inherent paradoxes in the storyline (what if I go back and kill my grandfather?) or the need to have the viewer believe that the story doesn’t eats its own metaphorical tail in a dull, endless loop, the number […]