Thanks for clicking the link to learn more about me! I’ve been involved with the online world since before it was called the Internet and harbor a lifelong fascination with films and cinema. I’m a widely published film critic, have spoken at film festivals, and teach university courses that explore the visual language of cinema. My favorite films include Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and Nine Kings. My fave genres are science fiction, horror, and noir, and if I don’t have a screener queued up, you can find me watching Turner Classic Movies.
I’m also a board game fan and have played hundreds of different games at this point, from the simplest (Candyland, Catan) to the most complex (Gloomhaven, Twilight Struggle, Civilization, and Mage Knight). I review lots of games too, generally focusing on solo play for logical reasons, and have been known to receive and preview pre-production board games for Kickstarter campaigns and similar. As much as I love board games, though, I dislike board game simulators, so please don’t ask me to check out a digital implementation of your analog game. 🙂
The third big region of Planet Dave is autos. I sort of fell into reviewing cars many years ago and have since written over 100 car reviews for vehicles from BMW, Mazda, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Alfa-Romeo, and dozens of other brands. I’m a member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press too, which gets me invites to plenty of car shows and manufacturer-sponsored events in the region. It’s good fun, and my focus is not on the specs but on the qualitative driver’s experience behind the wheel. Is it comfortable? Is it fun to drive? Do the controls all make sense?
In addition to those three categories, Planet Dave is awhirl with other things too that might seem a bit random. Yep, that’s how life is, sometimes what you’re doing makes complete sense and other times you can’t help but be puzzled how your task fits in to the big picture. I figure as long as I’m having fun doing it, we’re all good!
I have a few other outposts here on the Internet too. You can read about my parenting adventures at GoFatherhood, my enormous tech Q&A library of tutorials at AskDaveTaylor, and you can even watch my YouTube channel AskDaveTaylor where I review consumer electronics gadgets, giving you the straight scoop on what works and what’s not worth your money.
That’s it. Hello and welcome to Planet Dave.