The Farewell Party
High drama and lowbrow, morbid humor get stitched together in this successful tragicomedy about terminal patients and assisted suicide. Works better than expected.
R. Kurt Osenlund is the Managing Editor of The House Next Door, the official blog of Slant Magazine. He is also a regular contributor to Slant, Filmmaker, DETAILS, IndieWire, Esquire, ICON, and Time Out New York.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Kurt began his career covering film and local news for a group of community weeklies, eventually serving as the full-time editor of one of them, The Pennington Post, until early 2012. He remains the chief film critic for the South Philly Review newspaper. Since arriving in New York, he's become enmeshed in a thrilling culture of film writers, friends, and mentors, a handful of whom now lend their voices to RogerEbert.com. Among Kurt's favorite films are Mulholland Drive, The Passion of Joan of Arc, M, Aliens, Do the Right Thing, and HBO's Angels in America. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner Brandon, their dog, Chase, and their cat, Lucy.
R. Kurt Osenlund talks to Jennifer Hudson about playing Winnie Mandela for the new film "Winnie Mandela."