I can’t take credit for this impulse. Rather, it’s a smart thought plucked from frequent tweeter (and New York Times contributor) FilmFatale_NYC’s timeline that bears repeating.

Spike Lee, as one of our most celebrated New Yorkers, was especially bold in dramatizing the city’s post-9/11 melancholia in his film The 25th Hour, starring Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, and (more sads) Philip Seymour Hoffman. The heartbreaking opening credits are a particularly stirring memorial.