IMDB Top 250 Challenge – Movie #1 – Modern Times

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Modern Times (1936) – IMDB Rank #45

So I started my 2013 challenge of watching IMDB’s top 250 movies that I haven’t yet seen by watching a movie at midnight on 01/01/13. How’s that for commitment?! And insomnia…

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never watched a Charlie Chaplin movie. You would think that after absolutely loving The Artist I would have explored the silent era a bit. I also watched the Robert Downey Jr Chaplin movie years ago and found it fascinating so would like to revisit that once I’ve worked my way through the Chaplin films.

I’m not sure how to review Modern Times. I think I’m not going to say a lot at this point as silent era movies are something I know absolutely nothing about and I would feel weird talking about something of which I have zero knowledge.

Did I like it? I loved it! I want to go out and buy the entire Charlie Chaplin collection now – I chose Modern Times as it’s the only one I already owned. It’s the second highest rated Chaplin movie on the IMDB list so I assume I’ve started with a good one. I’m really looking forward to watching the rest now. Then maybe I’d be able to say a little more about them. πŸ™‚

My Rating: 9/10

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17 thoughts on “IMDB Top 250 Challenge – Movie #1 – Modern Times

  1. Charlie Chaplin was an absolute genius.

    The intricacy of each is just astounding. Yet he manages to bring a humanity to his films that is often lacking nowadays.

    This is a great place to start.

    • I’ve always had a profound respect for silent actors. You don’t have words to use as crutches, only the visual aesthetic of your movements and expressions.

      I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks for the review!

  2. I’ve only seen a single Chaplin short, where he’s a watchmaker demolishing a timepiece in dozens of inventive and funny ways, and it was superb. I’ll make this my next Chaplin film!

    • Definitely check it out πŸ™‚ It’s actually gone up even more in my estimation since seeing it – it’s by far my favorite movie I’ve watched in a long time. I’ll be watching more of his movies very soon – just need to buy them! Want to check out City Lights next.

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    • Hi! Oh, I’ve not watched enough Chaplin yet – just this, City Lights & The Kid. I absolutely loved them all, though! I got a box set of his films so I WILL work through the rest. πŸ™‚ As The Great Dictator is such a late one, I may save it for last. Glad to find another Chaplin fan! (?) πŸ™‚

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