You should read Bilge Ebiri’s excellent essay on Spike Lee’s The 25th Hour, one of my favorite films of the past 15 years:
So later, when Monty finally asks Frank to kick his face in, he’s not just asking for a favor from a friend, he’s asking for the punishment he knows he should have had all along: “I think you can,” he says to the protesting Frank. “You know what, I think you want to, too, a little bit. You think I deserve it a little bit. For years you’ve been giving me that look, like you want to smack some sense into me. This is your chance. I need it, Frank.”
I imagine I’ll be pulling the DVD off the shelf soon.