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: ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

    Posted Friday, February 5th, 2016 02:16 pm GMT -5
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    The immense popularity of ‘The Walking Dead’ TV show didn’t begin the latest zombie craze in our culture, but it definitely contributed to the enthusiasm for which people embrace the undead. Well, maybe “embrace” is the wrong word. Still, those pesky undead are showing up everywhere, even in the whimsical and surprisingly entertaining bucolic historical […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Lazer Team’

    Posted Friday, January 29th, 2016 08:00 pm GMT -5
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    Watch enough movies and you realize that not every film project is serious, not every director sees themselves walking on stage to accept the Best Picture award and not every cinematographer sees themselves as “painting with light and shadows” to create a new and unique vision for audiences. Some films are just good enough, and the […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

    Posted Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 03:01 am GMT -5
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    Let’s take the mystery and suspense out of this review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ is good. It’s really good. You’re going to see it regardless of what I say, but trust me, you’re going to enjoy the heck out of it! Anyone who has been conscious in the last fifty years knows the story […]

  • Best And Worst Sci-Fi Films Of 2015

    Posted Sunday, December 13th, 2015 03:00 pm GMT -5
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    2015 has been a really good year for Science Fiction movies, which is splendid since it’s our favorite genre. There’ve also been some clunkers released, not just those dubious low-budget direct-to-Syfy sort of films, but films that made it into the movie theater at a cineplex near you. And then there’s the usual question of […]

  • TV Review: ‘The Man In The High Castle’ Episodes 1 & 2

    Posted Friday, October 23rd, 2015 05:08 pm GMT -5
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    UPDATED: You can watch the first episode of ‘The Man in the High Castle’ after the review below courtesy of Amazon. Imagine an alternative reality where Germany and Japan won World War II and the United States is now an occupied nation, with the East Coast a part of the Reich and the West Coast under […]

  • Movie Review: ‘The Martian’

    Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015 12:00 pm GMT -5
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    In a plausible near future, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is part of the research mission ARES III, part of a five-mission effort to explore Mars. But Mars is a hostile planet and when a massive sandstorm blows up with just a few minutes warning, the entire crew scrambles into the MAV, the Mars Ascent Vehicle, desperate to […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

    Posted Friday, September 25th, 2015 05:04 pm GMT -5
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    Every parent knows the challenge of letting go of their child as they become an adult, of seeing them leave the proverbial nest. If you’re a single parent, it can be more challenging, and perhaps the most challenging of all transitions is a father letting go of his daughter as she becomes a woman and parent in her […]

  • Film Review: ‘Harbinger Down’

    Posted Friday, August 14th, 2015 05:00 pm GMT -5
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    A quick glance at Netflix will confirm that there are more horror films made each year than just about any other genre. Nowadays they’re cheap to produce, require actors who can scream and not much else, and all crib from each others storylines. Easy, fast. But how often are they actually worth watching? Into this […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Four’

    Posted Friday, August 7th, 2015 02:00 pm GMT -5
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    I have fond memories of the Fantastic Four from when I used to read the comic books as a child. A fun group of superheroes with the gruff Ben Grimm and wisecracking Johnny Storm, all led by the nerdy, egotistical Reed Richards, balanced out by Sue Storm, they did the usual superhero stuff of traveling […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Pixels’

    Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 09:00 pm GMT -5
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    Hey! What if we made a movie about giant robots fighting giant dinosaur monsters? Or maybe of a future where apes rule the planet and humans are slaves? Or, wait, what about a kid who sees his parents killed by a thug and grows up to become an angry vigilante, dispensing justice through his secret […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’

    Posted Thursday, July 16th, 2015 04:36 pm GMT -5
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    From the first time I heard about a cinematic version of the Ant-Man story, I was baffled. Norse Gods? Sure. Guys who gain spider powers and use it to fight crime? Okay. A woman who can turn herself invisible? Uh, sure. But the idea of a superhero who can shrink down to the size of […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Self/Less’

    Posted Friday, July 10th, 2015 02:14 pm GMT -5
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    Such a great idea for a movie. Such a dull, uninspired film. Here’s the premise: what if you could transfer your consciousness to another body and add decades to your life? But what if you couldn’t interact with anyone from your old life, you just had to start over with the new body, would you […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’

    Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2015 01:00 pm GMT -5
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    It’s almost impossible to think about dinosaur movies without thinking about the ground-breaking 1993 film ‘Jurassic Park,’ a sly, exciting summer blockbuster about a mad scientist who extracts DNA from preserved dinosaur blood then creates a theme park around the resurrected beasts. What could possibly go wrong? Based on one of the many “dangers of science” […]

  • Denver Comic-Con 2015: Cosplayers Come Out To Play

    Posted Monday, May 25th, 2015 05:10 pm GMT -5
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    Another year, and the Denver Comic-Con is getting bigger yet again. This time the buzz is that we have jumped up to one of the top three or four regional Comic-Cons in the United States, and I can believe it after how busy it’s been the last few days. Today, the last day of the […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Tomorrowland’

    Posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015 01:18 am GMT -5
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    ‘Tomorrowland’ is an energetic, optimistic film about hope and imagination, core messages that are easily forgotten in our modern if-it-bleeds-it-leads era. As lead character Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) explains, we can listen to the pessimist or the optimist in our head, a decision that determines which predominates and what kind of person we become. The […]