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'Not to Be Missed': Kenneth Turan on selecting his 54 favorite films
'Not to Be Missed': Kenneth Turan on selecting his 54 favorite films

Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan has been a movie fan since his days as a kid in Brooklyn, when he had to sneak into the theater to avoid the wrath of his father. In his new book, "Not to Be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film," he shares the backstage stories about how they were made and why he likes them so much. 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...

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