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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

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The Jimmie Jam airs at 6 p.m. Saturday on Speed Channel.
The Jimmie Jam airs at 6 p.m. Saturday on Speed Channel.

Speed Channel's "Jimmie Jam" has a local flavor

It's a huge weekend in auto racing and it's a huge night for our friends from Mindpool Live.

Speed Channel cable network will air the "Jimmie Jam presented by Lowe's," a benefit concert to support the USO. The show, filmed recently in Charlotte, N.C., will feature four-time Sprint Cup champion, TV personalities Rutledge Wood and John Wilson and national recording artist Darius Rucker.

Josh Adams and Ryan Schaber from Mindpool produced the show, with support from New Berlin-based GMR. Adams also served as director.

Here is a clip from the show, which we're guessing will be the only one created by a local production company to air on a national outlet this weekend.

 

 

The BoDeans played "Feed the Fire" on David Letterman's show.
The BoDeans played "Feed the Fire" on David Letterman's show.

BoDeans flashback: A visit to Letterman in '93

In anticipation of the BoDeans' show Friday night at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, here is a look at the band's visit to David Letterman's show in 1993.

The group peformed "Feed the Fire," from the album "Go Slow Down." The biggest hit from that album was "Closer to Free," which was the theme for the TV show "Party of Five."

 

Jack Nicholson (left) and Tom Cruise make "A Few Good Men" hard to turn off.
Jack Nicholson (left) and Tom Cruise make "A Few Good Men" hard to turn off.

Why I'm really, really mad at Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner is on my list.

I've been a fan of the actor and director and his work for years. I loved him as Meathead on "All in the Family." I think "This is Spinal Tap" is one of the funnier movies I've ever seen.

But, he's on my list today.

Back in 1992, Reiner directed "A Few Good Men," a courtroom drama starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollack and Kevin Bacon.

Chances are, you've seen the flick. It's been on cable a kajillion times. The climactic scene -- in which Nicholson's character, Col. Nathan Jessup utters the famous line "You can't handle the truth!" -- has been copied and lampooned by every comedy show in the country.

I've seen "A Few Good Men" at least 50 times. It's a good movie. Some might say great. (It scored 83 percent at Rotten Tomatoes). I don't think Tom Cruise is a great actor. Nicholson almost seems to be playing a caricature of himself in his scenes (and there aren't very many).

This is one of those movies, though, that sucks me in every time it's on.

Tonight, I was cashed from cleaning the garage and watching another lackluster Brewers game. I wanted to get to bed early. But, I turned on Bravo and "A Few Good Men" had just started.

I watched. I surfed during the commercials. I answered some e-mail and did some work. And, I kept watching. I can practically recite every line of dialogue in the movie and I still kept watching.

There are a handful of movies that mesmerize me like this. "That Thing You Do" is a favorite. "Hoosiers" is another. "A Few Good Men" is on the list, too, and now I'm up later than I wanted to be on a school night.

Damn you, Rob Reiner.

What are the movies you can't turn off?

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BoDeans perform May 28 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
BoDeans perform May 28 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

A BoDeans-inspired walk down Memory Lane

In three weeks, the BoDeans will play a much-anticipated homecoming show -- their only southeastern Wisconsin appearance this year -- at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. (OnMilwaukee.com is a sponsor of the show.)

The gig May 28 won't mark the first time that Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas play in the august venue normally occupied by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Back in 1987, the band played a show at the Marcus Center and it was recorded for a special on Showtime cable network. Clips of that show are included in this video from NBC's "Today," which features an interview with Neumann and Llanas.

Check it out. And get your tickets for what should be a fun, intimate show.