25th Hour ★★★★★

The monologue scene: still one of the defining moments in my history of movie-watching. It exposes the film's allegorical intents while simultaneously keeping us grounded in Monty's haunted psyche. On the one hand, we have an operatic elegy to post-9/11 rage and xenophobia. On the other, a self-directed tirade by a man burdened with sorrow and regret. The duality is palpable, moving, sublime.