One of my pet peeves about the movies is that they can never seem to get nightclubs right. Usually, it's too bright, the music isn't loud enough, and you just never feel like you are in a honest to goodness night-spot -- except for Spike Lee's 25th Hour. In today's installment of Scenes We Love, I decided to avoid the obvious choice, and went with one of the many fantastic scenes that take place in the oh-so-hip night club on Monty's (Edward Norton) last night of freedom, and Jacob (as played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) lets his flirtation with his student (Anna Paquin) go a little too far -- and we even get not one, but two of Lee's trademark dolly shots.

25th Hour is easily one of my favorite Spike Lee films, but I chose today's scene for three reasons: first off is the club (as I've already explained), the second is the song from Cymande, Bra (and if this song doesn't make you want to dance, you might want to check for a pulse), and the final reason is what Lee called on the DVD commentary, (I'm paraphrasing, here) the "Oh F**k face". Usually, when you see these sexed-up Lolita scenarios, it's all very erotic and taboo. But in Lee's version the whole thing is just ill-advised, and Hoffman brings that all home in one facial expression. Lee uses Paquin's ability to play a little girl messing with adult behaviors to every advantage, and what might have just been an inappropriate kiss with an 'E'd up teenager becomes something so much worse, and Hoffman makes you feel the panic as reality comes crushing in on him.

After the jump; "But it's all right, we can still go on"...