Intense Oscar Front-Running Thriller Dominates Apple Charts: “This is a masterpiece”

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There’s nothing quite like a good murder mystery. Last year, I penned an ode to Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot trilogy, particularly highlighting A Haunting in Venice as one of the best in recent years, a hybrid of haunted house scares and murder mystery ethos that engages from start to finish.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, our own Mary Beth McAndrews recently reviewed True Detective: Night Country, saying the show is “back to its true form thanks to a terrifying story, powerhouse performances, and chilling cinematography.” One of the best from last year was Golden Globe winner and Oscar hopeful Anatomy of a Fall. Now, the film is skyrocketing up the iTunes rental charts in anticipation of plenty of gold this Awards season.

Check out a trailer and synopsis below:

Per AppleTV downloads: Sandra, Samuel and their visually impaired son Daniel have been living in a remote mountain location for the past year. When Samuel is found dead outside the house, an investigation for death in suspicious circumstances is launched. Amidst the uncertainty, Sandra is indicted: was it suicide or homicide? A year later Daniel attends his mother’s trial, a veritable dissection of his parents’ relationship.

Anatomy of a Fall was my favorite movie of 2023. It’s a chilling, sobering account of what it means to not only know another person, but also love them unconditionally, especially as those conditions become increasingly unclear as time goes on. Now that it’s on iTunes, I can’t wait to watch it again.

It’s both a murder mystery and not, centering on the central death while also regularly moving beyond it to interrogate the people (and dogs) involved. Fans have been loving it, naturally, and have taken to Twitter to share their reactions. Check those out below:

What do you think? Have you seen Anatomy of a Fall yet? What else have you rented recently on iTunes? Let me know over on Twitter @Chadiscollins.



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