Los Angeles Times film critic
Turan talked about the book and how he winnowed the list down to 54 in a conversation this week. You can watch the discussion in the video above.
"One of the things I discovered about my own taste in putting this list together was that I'm really a classicist," Turan said. "I like story, I like character, I like plot. I like the traditional virtues of film."
The discussion covers popular favorites such as
During the chat, Turan also explains his love for French filmmaking and reveals his No. 1 all-time favorite, 1945's "Children of Paradise."