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: ‘Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon’

    Posted Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 07:35 pm GMT -4

    Explosions, car chases, a conspiracy that goes back forty years, big robots kicking butt, Chicago decimated and sexy Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) replacing smokin’ hot Mikaela (Megan Fox)? What could possibly go wrong? Well, that depends. If you really loved the first Transformers movie and enjoyed the nuanced balance of hyperkinetic CG action and amusing geek-does-well […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Green Lantern’

    Posted Monday, June 20th, 2011 06:50 pm GMT -4

    I know you’re all serious fanboys (and fangirls) of the comic genre. That comes with being a sci-fi nut, right? Well, I am too, I dig a good graphic novel and grew up on DC and Marvel superheroes. But that didn’t prepare me for the complete shlocky mess that is Green Lantern. Miscast, too cartoony […]

  • Movie Review: Super 8

    Posted Monday, June 13th, 2011 12:53 pm GMT -4

    If you’re a fan of early Spielberg films like The Goonies, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you’ll just love Super 8. Even if you’re not (and I have to admit that I dislike ET rather quite a bit), Super 8 offers a fun action film with a strong story, a […]

  • Movie Review: X-Men: First Class

    Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2011 04:51 pm GMT -4

    It’s pretty tricky to make a compelling prequel because instead of having a starting point for a story, you have an end point. For the X-Men mythic world, we know that Magneto is the bad guy who can control any metallic substance and the Charles Xavier runs a school for “gifted” children as a way […]

  • Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Posted Monday, May 23rd, 2011 11:40 am GMT -4

    Having the luxury of writing this after the film’s rather amazing opening weekend, I can already assure you that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a commercial success. In fact, it had the biggest overseas opening weekend of any movie in the history of cinema, over $250mil in overseas box office. Domestic US […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Thor’

    Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 11:01 am GMT -4

    Blonde Viking dude, big hammer, God of Thunder. What else do you need to know about this latest installment in the comic book superhero pantheon that Marvel and Paramount have been building, movie after movie, for years?  Oh, and sprinkle in plenty of eye candy from the lovely Natalie Portman and you have a formula […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Dylan Dog: Dead of Night’

    Posted Monday, May 2nd, 2011 01:58 pm GMT -4

    I’m lucky: I went into the theater to see this surprisingly amusing horror/comedy without having ever read the Italian graphic novel series of the same name. Why? Because if you read the ‘boards, you’ll see that a lot of fans are vociferously complaining about how the film isn’t true to the characters and storyline in […]

  • Movie Review: Source Code

    Posted Monday, April 4th, 2011 11:02 am GMT -4

    Here’s the setup: We have a kind of memory buffer in our brains and when we die, the last eight minutes of our life are available for analysis. Inject a detective into that memory and they can figure out what caused your death. Unlikely? Yeah, but it works as the premise of the cool new […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Sucker Punch’

    Posted Monday, March 28th, 2011 01:36 pm GMT -4

    If you’re 14, male, and have spent the last few years of your life immersed in video games, you will find that Sucker Punch is the wet dream of your wildest fantasies, sexy, tons of explosions, amazing visuals and lots of punching, kicking, swordfights and even dragons and heavy artillery thrown in for good measure. […]

  • Movie Review: ‘Limitless’

    Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 08:09 pm GMT -4

    Ya know that old myth about us only using 20% of our brain?  Or is it 10%?  In any case, imagine you could take a pill and it’d instantly give you access to 100% of your brain capacity, you’d have an eidetic memory and be able to recall everything you’ve ever seen, heard, thought about, […]

  • Movie Review: Paul

    Posted Friday, March 18th, 2011 11:38 am GMT -4

    I’m a sucker for parodies when they’re done well, and Paul is just that, a sarcastic, crude parody of all those great alien films we’ve grown up with, notably including E.T. The Extraterrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He’s three feet tall, can become invisible if he holds his breath, and talks like […]

  • Movie Review: Battle Los Angeles

    Posted Monday, March 14th, 2011 09:30 am GMT -4

    There are tough, kickass aliens coming to Earth with an invasion plan that includes taking over major cities throughout the world. NASA’s figured it out at the last minute, but it’s kinda too late, so we’re going to have to rely on a bunch of US Marines that are training at Camp Pendelton, just south […]

  • Movie Review: ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

    Posted Monday, March 7th, 2011 08:00 am GMT -4

    More than once I’ve been convinced that there’s a secret cabal, an organization like the Illuminati that are secretly in control of the world and, just perhaps, of what’s going on in my life too. I mean, sometimes explaining everything as simply being coincidence gets a bit weak. Fortunately I’m not alone in this skepticism […]

  • Movie Review: ‘I Am Number Four’

    Posted Friday, February 18th, 2011 01:52 pm GMT -4

    I’m betting that I’m not the only person who suspects that I have latent superpowers, secret skills that make me far better than the average mortal, cooler, faster, stronger and, yeah, able to either leap tall buildings in a single bound, fix broken eyeglasses with a magic wand or have my hands glow a cool […]