Modern Times ★★★★★

What's really amazing about this film—beyond the humor and classic shooting sensibility that holds up remarkably well—is how *modern* Modern Times is when watched in 2016. Eighty years after its release, The Tramp's struggle against economic hardship, unemployment, and the futility of the American dream are as relevant as they were in 1936. From factory automation to workers' strikes, there's a prescience in Modern Times that's kind of shocking, until one considers these themes as chronic: A Tramp tries and tries, and at the end of it all can only smile and try some more. It's a movie about 1930s America that's timeless.