An ode to running for two

An ode to running for two
I started running when I was in junior high, and for 20 years, running has been my “thing.” I stink at most sports — definitely anything involving a ball or any other implement — but I can run. Which is fantastic, because running doesn’t demand good weather, or equipment other than good shoes, or rounding up other people... Read more »

On rocking chairs and panic attacks on my 33rd birthday

On rocking chairs and panic attacks on my 33rd birthday
I spent the night before my 33rd birthday building a rocking chair. Gray. Nice fabric. Comfortable. Full of splinters when putting it together. A fairly typical rocking chair. I fit the pieces together, inserted screws so that it couldn’t turn into a Transformer on a whim and placed it in the corner of our nursery. Today... Read more »

Really getting real: Another letter to my unborn kid

Really getting real: Another letter to my unborn kid
Dear Kid, Hi again! It’s your future mom. Whew, this is quite a journey, isn’t it? I feel like we’ve been going for about a year and a half, even though it’s been only 7 months and some change. You seem as antsy as I am; I think we sometimes we both feel like asking,... Read more »
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Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Floyd Sullivan of Waiting4Cubs

Floyd Sullivan is the author of the ChicagoNow blog, Waiting4Cubs. As a fellow Cubs fan, I had plenty of questions for him regarding our favorite baseball team. JOE GRACE: What is your favorite Cub memory ever? FLOYD SULLIVAN: Most of my Cub memories are absolute horrors (I was at the Brant Brown game in Milwaukee,... Read more »

Sorry in advance and other thoughts: A letter to my unborn kid

Sorry in advance and other thoughts: A letter to my unborn kid
Dear Kid: Hello! How are you? I’ve read that you are the size of a mango this week. Good for you! Keep on growin’. This might be a bit premature, but I’ve been doing some thinking over the past few months, and I wanted to write you a letter before your dad and I meet... Read more »

Up for debate: Noah and other upcoming 2014 films

Up for debate: Noah and other upcoming 2014 films
Every once in awhile, the writers at Going for Gusto will have an email back-and-forth on a particular subject. This time, we’re discussing the upcoming movies in 2014, including Noah, which was released today. JOE GRACE: OK. Here we go again. Another great email chain debate. This time, we’ll be talking about what movies people... Read more »
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Now on DVD: The Wolf of Wall Street energetic, blisteringly fantastic

Now on DVD: The Wolf of Wall Street energetic, blisteringly fantastic
For the sake of full disclosure, I should admit that I more or less worship the ground that Martin Scorsese walks on. I consider him one of the finest filmmakers both working today, and of all time. The man breathes cinema, pure and simple (seriously: no one can talk so eloquently about the art form,... Read more »

Peanuts coming to movie theaters: 5 other comics that should be turned into films

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Peanuts will be coming to theaters sometime in 2015. You can watch the trailer above. A huge Peanuts fan, I’m of course slightly terrified at the thought of someone translating my favorite comic into a movie and butchering it, but the following excerpt from a Forbes article has calmed me down: One unusual addition to... Read more »

Now on DVD: Blue is the Warmest Color excellent, but not for everyone

I always enjoy seeking out any film that garners a significant reputation. Be it achieving critical acclaim, artistic prestige, infamy, underground cult status or – of course – any sort of controversy. Blue Is The Warmest Color is successfully qualifying in each of those categories. In an unprecedented move, the film was awarded the 2013... Read more »
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Now on DVD: You're Next breathes fresh life into tired subgenre

Now on DVD: You're Next breathes fresh life into tired subgenre
It’s hard to completely separate from at least some bias when I go into certain films. Case in point: You’re Next. I adore horror films (favorite genre, guilty as charged). I particularly enjoy the home invasion thriller subgenre within the horror realm, and I’ve been a longtime fan of the director, Adam Wingard (seriously – track... Read more »