Hi. I’m Dave Taylor and I’ve been a film fan for as long as I can remember. My first theatrical film experiences were Disney animation, but by the time I was in middle school I was already hooked on B movies, mostly in the sci-fi genre. If it had creepy big bugs, scary aliens or just a gloomy tone, I was ready to stay up late and have it populate my nightmares.
Films I remember really liking from that period include Invaders from Mars, Them! and the one that gave me nightmares for years, the creepy Theater of Blood, starring the great Vincent Price as a vengeful Shakespearean actor who bumps off his critics in various nasty ways. At the same time I became an obsessive fan of the TV series The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery and Mission: Impossible.
Zoom forward a few years and my tastes improved to include more classic adventure films like the James Bond series and cerebral movies like The Andromeda Strain, along with The Time Machine, Village of the Damned, Fantastic Voyage, Planet of the Apes and the angst-ridden Logan’s Run and Soylent Green.
Enter the 80s, a decade marked by my college experience and smart films like Westworld, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the shocking A Clockwork Orange. Oh, and a couple of films called Alien and Star Wars. I guess they were popular, weren’t they?
In the subsequent years I’ve seen thousands of films and my tastes have expanded to include just about every genre, from romantic films like Monsoon Wedding to razor-sharp caper films like Nine Queens and Topkapi to classic musicals like the wonderful Singing in the Rain and On The Town to profound dramas like Lawrence of Arabia and Blade Runner, not to mention Citizen Kane, Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon, Vertigo and Psycho.
I now write film reviews and criticism for the Boulder Weekly, ScienceFiction.com and this site, and am also the co-chair of the Denver Film Critics Society. Got a film you think i should watch or are you in the industry and would like to chat? Either way, I’d love to hear from you. If I’m not already in the theater watching something else…