Matthew Modine does not think Charlottesville and other terrorist attacks are a harbinger of bad things to come ... to the contrary he thinks we are living in the best of times.

We got the "Stranger Things" villain Saturday at M Cafe in Bev Hills, and he blames the perception that our world is crumbling on a 24-hour news cycle that obsesses over the negative.

He thinks there are definitely bad apples, but clearly doesn't believe they spoil the whole bunch.