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DVD Gurus: 50 Years Ago

Jan 27, 2012

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? And how have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

Friday on Up to Date the DVD Gurus, Mitch Brian and Jason Heck, jump back 50 years to share their favorite films from 1962. We talk about what effect films had then, and the effect they have now in 2012.

What's your favorite film from 1962?  Email us at uptodate@kcur.org. You can also post comments on KCUR's Facebook page , the DVD Gurus' Facebook page, or Tweet us at @KCURUpToDate.

Mitch's picks:

  • Dr. No
  • Lolita
  • Cape Fear

Jason's picks:

  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Mitch Brian has written screenplays and teleplays for major Hollywood studios, television networks and independent producers. He co-created and wrote episodes for Batman: The Animated Series and co-wrote the NBC miniseries The '70s. He has written screenplays for directors Chris Columbus, Oliver Stone and Robert Schwentke, as well as producers Geena Davis, Mike Medavoy and Dino De Laurentiis. Brian directed the award-winning short film James Ellroy's Stay Clean as well as Hang Ups and Rhubarb Pie. He contributed essays to Harper Collins' The Book of Lists: Horror, and teaches screen writing and film studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He writes for 435 South magazine.

When not commenting on cinema with Steve Kraske and Mitch Brian,Jason Heck is a film critic for the Kansas City Star as well as a part-time clerk at Hollywood at Home, Kansas City's oldest movie store. He enjoys windsurfing, backgammon, women who aren't afraid to cry, and finds traveling a breeze, as he's a licensed airplane pilot. His fantasy crushes include Famke Janssen, TV's Wonder Woman and Cate Blanchett. His favorite films include Lawrence of Arabia, Black Belt Jones, The Big Combo and Pee-wee's Big Adventure.