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: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

    Posted Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 12:00 pm GMT -4

    Do superheroes get bored? Is it possible that being constantly on call to save the world every time something bad happens might get just a bit in the way of having a pleasant life, a family and friends? That’s the central question of the terrific new Marvel movie ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ And I’ll make […]

  • Throwback Thursday: ‘The Time Tunnel’ (1966-1967)

    Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2015 07:00 pm GMT -4

    It’s 1968 and we’ve just learned of the existence of a secret government research project called Project Tic-Toc, run by Douglas Phillips (Robert Colbert), Anthony Newman (James Darren) and Lt. General Heywood Kirk (Whit Bissell). Hidden deep in the Arizona dessert, 800 floors of research and facilities below the ground with over 30,000 employees, the […]

  • 5 Underrated Sci-Fi Movies To Watch

    Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2015 03:00 pm GMT -4

    I’ve been talking with a local cinema about hosting a series on great underrated sci-fi films, the kind of movies that are worth watching even if they’re often forgotten or only known to fanatics, but also films that would look great projected onto a big screen because they just don’t show up in the theater any […]

  • AnomalyCon 2015 Review

    Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2015 09:00 am GMT -4

    There are big conventions that attract thousands of people and are a potpourri of themes and genres, a mash-up of superheroes, fantastic animals, cyberpunk, steampunk and who knows what else. You know what I’m talking about, conventions like Comic-Con where it started out focused on comics but is now so large that you stare at […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Chappie’

    Posted Friday, March 6th, 2015 05:03 pm GMT -4

    There’s lots to like in this gritty sci-fi crime thriller from the director of ‘District 9.’ So much, that at times it felt like this was a retelling of that film with robots instead of aliens. If you imagine a mashup of ‘Robocop‘ and ‘District 9,’ you’d be on the right path to understanding ‘Chappie.’ […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’

    Posted Thursday, February 5th, 2015 07:00 pm GMT -4

    Try as they might, Andy and Lana Wachowski haven’t been able to match the brilliance of their cultural touchstone movie ‘The Matrix.’ Not with the increasingly banal sequels to the film, and certainly not with the visual F/X abomination of ‘Speed Racer.’ The recent ‘Cloud Atlas‘ was their closest effort, a thoughtful, engaging but ultimately […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Predestination’

    Posted Friday, January 16th, 2015 10:00 pm GMT -4

    Time travel movies generally try to sidestep the fundamental paradox inherent in being able to go back in time: what if you change things and as a result aren’t born? Yeah, we’ve seen the films where the family portrait slowly fades as one or more children end up unborn (think “Back to the Future”), but […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Into the Woods’

    Posted Thursday, December 25th, 2014 09:00 am GMT -4

    It’s hard to translate musicals onto the big screen for a modern audience, which is why we rarely see them show up at the local cineplex. ‘Les Miserables’ was an exception and surprised a lot of the industry with its strong box office performance, but it’s hard to think about another recent live action musical […]

  • Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

    Posted Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 01:01 am GMT -4

    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 -4

    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 -4

    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 -4

    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 -4

    ((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 -4

    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 -4

    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 […]