Brainwaves: Ask the Brain
One of my favorite features to write here on the site is 5 Questions. But in this edition of Brainwaves I decided to flip the script on myself and answer some of the questions we receive here at Bulletproof Action.
1. How fast was Buford Pusser driving on the night he died?
I’m guessing only Pusser himself could answer this question and even that is questionable considering his blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit.
Pusser, the famous lawman and inspiration for the movie Walking Tall, was driving his specially modified Corvette home from the McNairy County Fair the night he died. If I had to guess, the combination of a supercharged vehicle, country roads and high alcohol content meant Pusser was not driving 55. And I’m sure that was not the only time, why else would you get a modified Corvette!? To go really fast in between stop lights in the city!? And it is not like anyone was going to give a speeding ticket to this local hero.
Remember kids… life in the fast lane is often short.
2. Did Bill Williamson really shoot up his hometown?
This question is referring to the 2009 movie Rampage and its 2014 sequel, Rampage: Captial Punishment. Both films star Brendan Fletcher as Bill Williamson. I’ve never seen the original, but the sequel was easily the most disturbing movie I’ve reviewed for the site.
Bill Williamson is a fictional character and Rampage was not based on an actual event. Given the fact that there are similar stories of mentally unstable people shooting people in the news cycle seemingly every day, it is easy to understand how some one watching Rampage could believe it was based on a true story.
If anyone out there is interested in action movies based on true stories, I’d like to direct your attention to the three True Action pieces I’ve done for the site… Beyond the Law, Empire State and Rapid Fire.
3. Any news on the Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kris Van Damme movie The Tower?
FYI to our readers… You can ask all the Van Damme questions you want.
I really wish I could say “Yes, there is news about the The Tower starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Kris Van Damme.” Like many Van Damme fans, I was pumped to hear that JCVD and his son were going to not only star in another movie together (they’ve done that many times over at this point) but that the movie would come down to a final fight between JCVD and KVD… I was all in on that one! Who would win? Would JCVD “pass the torch” to his son?
The details and future of The Tower are causing a lot burning questions inside the hearts and minds of Van Damme fans everywhere. When I spoke to Kris Van Damme via Twitter earlier this year and asked him about The Tower, he had no new information at that time. Looking at both Van Damme filmographies on IMDB neither make any mention of The Tower. JCVD has Kickboxer: Vengeance slated for a 2016 release and KVD has his sci-fi web series The Collectors and a movie called Giganthropithicus (nice name!) in pre-production.
It has been over a year since any sort of new information has been released about The Tower, so to say this project is on the back burner is probably a huge understatement. I’m beginning to question if The Tower has been scrapped altogether. But I will keep my eyes peeled for any further developments and will share anything I find right here on Bulletproof Action!
4. What was the name of the Mario Van Peebles movie where the killer uses a nail gun?
Admittedly I have not seen every movie in Mario Van Peebles’ filmography so there very well could be multiple Mario Van Peebles movies where a killer uses a nail gun, but I believe the movie in question is the action thriller known as Blowback.
James Remar plays Schmidt, the killer in Blowback. Schmidt uses a nail gun to literally crucify his victims on wooden crosses. This movie was a good piece of business and I recommend it to fans of the action thriller genre.
5. What song is playing when Doug Masters flies “The Snake” in Iron Eagle?
First off, any chance I get to discuss the movie Iron Eagle is appreciated. When I say that Iron Eagle is in my all-time Top Ten, I am not exaggerating in the least. The story of Doug Masters and Chappy Sinclair is absolutely inspirational.
But to answer your question, the song that is playing when Doug Masters is flying the snake is “Old Enough to Rock and Roll”. The song was written and performed by Rainey Haynes and is one of the many great songs featured on the Iron Eagle soundtrack. If I was ever going to start collecting vinyl, the Iron Eagle soundtrack would be at the top of my wish list.
I can’t think of a better way to end this very special edition of Brainwaves than to let Ms. Haynes play me out… Enjoy!