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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Disney logo 1Press Release. National Treasure 2 Coming soon to DVD
On 4 June 2008 The adventure continues on Disney DVD!

by Hillelman
Discover secrets the world isn't ready for - National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets on Disney DVD! Join treasure hunter Ben Gates for another exhilarating adventure when he sets out on a global quest to uncover a truth buried in history and hidden treasures as NATIONAL TREASURE 2: BOOK OF SECRETS bursts onto Disney DVD 4 June 2008! Academy Award© winner NICOLAS CAGE returns as Ben Gates, a treasure hunter extraordinaire who discovers his great-great grandfather, Thomas Gates, was implicated as a collaborator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Determined to clear his ancestor's name, Gates must follow a chain of cryptic clues and hidden mysteries that leads him on an international chase from Washington to Paris, then to London and eventually back to the White House and the... Read On
Comic Book The Movie. DVD Review
If Australian Ninja were a movie, he would be this one

by Australian Ninja
This fake documentary is a real gem. It's from my personal collection and after lending it to Sammy and watching it again recently, I decided that more people needed to hear about it. Comic Book The Movie was released direct-to-DVD in 2004 and to import the American DVD back then would have cost a fair bit, but these days you can pick it up for around ten bucks online. The film is a mockumentary, directed by "comic book connoisseur and Star Wars legend Mark Hamill". The story is about a bunch of executive types making a big budget superhero movie, a re-vamping of the fictional golden age superhero "Commander Courage". The film takes the form of a road trip with interview segment... Read On
Laugh out Loud. DVD Review
Jason's not laughing

by Jason
"Laugh out loud" it says and it certainly is possible you might laugh. But in the long run that is quite unlikely, as a better title for this DVD would have been "Some of the good bits and some of the crap from Fast forward". Most of the people considering this title would have been in a position to watch the majority of the best bits the first time around on TV fifteen plus years ago, or otherwise caught the almost endless repeats on Austar/Foxtel. Having said that, it's certainly far from not funny and if you can sit through the whole thing without cracking a smile I'd say you were in urgent need of a sense of humor transplant. But the Australian comedy scene has changed and grown since this material originally aired. If nothing else it serves as a stroll down memory lane and takes you back to the time when mullets were cool, mobile phones were as big as a house brick and Billy Ray Cyrus was considered a talented musician (okay I'm pushing really far with that last one). While the more topical stuff has lost some of its shine the character based sketches will bring the memories flooding back. You may not be able to im... Read On
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Farewell to Heath Ledger
Cheers to him.

by Hillelman
Everyone dies. Famous people already get too much attention when they croak, quite frankly. Still, I personally do/did like Heath Ledger a lot. (As a side note: I've been looking forward to seeing him play the the Joker - one of my all time favourite fictional characters - for months.)... Read On
Yes it's true, more opportunites to buy sweet sweet DVDs

by Australian Ninja
Because you dear reader, as a member of the Buttonhole faithful deserve to know, we have some good news to share. One of our favourite supporters Madman Entertainment[link and bold] are having a massive stocktake sale. There's bargains coming out the wazoo, so you have no excuse not to check out the amazing, sensational bargains; these DVDs want last too long - so get moving to Madman right now!... Read On
Black Books Trilogy. DVD Review
No. 42 - How Not to be Seen

by Australian Ninja
So epic is this Trilogy that we dare speak its name only in hushed voices. So dark are the comedic arts used to craft this arcane DVD tome of lore, that surely only a deal with the devil could produce such an abomination - and woe to thee who does not succumb to its enchanted powers of laughology. It would be known only as 'The Black Books' [i]"You know what you are? You're a beard with an idiot hanging off of it!" You may notice the title of this review refers to a 'Trilogy' and not to any specific season of Black Books. Why? Because all three seasons have b... Read On
The Addams Family - Volume 1. DVD Review
They're creepy and they're kooky... you know the rest.

by Hillelman
The Addams Family would have to be pretty high up the list when it comes to the catchiest theme songs of all time for a TV show. I wonder how many kids must've sung along and clicked their fingers to that song over the years. Over the last two nights I watched this series on DVD. Before that, I'd not looked at the show for a few years. But, as soon as the theme song started, it felt like only yesterday since I'd last seen it. ... Read On
Boston Legal Series Two. DVD Review
Denny Crane - MY names on the door!

by Australian Ninja
Boston Legal. Mere words cannot hope to contain the sheer enthusiasm I have for watching this show. Not many shows can successfully combine serious issues, heartfelt drama and amazingly ludicrous comedy into one mega-delicious package. Boston Legal does it flawlessly. In my mind, this is one of the best new TV shows by far in recent years. I've seen maybe two or three episodes on TV, so watching Season 2 on DVD came as a very welcome surprise. The show was so enjoyable that I watched episodes back to back for several days. One night I even... Read On
Matando Cabos. DVD Review
Australian Ninja takes on Mexican wrestler

by Australian Ninja
Funny, violent and more than a little bizarre. Put those together and you get the Mexican crime film and black comedy Matando Cabos. The name translates to something like 'Killing Cabos.' Cabos being a wealthy businessman who accidentally knocks himself out stepping on a golf ball, while trying to attack the guy who recently had sex with his daughter ... Read On
Tsotsi. DVD Review
Aussie Ninja gives this fine film some well deserved praise

by Australian Ninja
Tsotsi. Loved it. Great film. That's my review done. Oh, you expected more? Well then let me tell you about a man, or thug, named Tsotsi [Pronounced 'Sott-sea']. Tsotsi is a young lad who likes a good time out with his friends. A bit of drink, a bit of petty theft, healthy doses of bashing people up for no good reason, and the occasional stabbing add up to a good time in Tsotsi's world.... Read On
Black Books - Series One. DVD Review
British Black Books. Australian white Ninja

by Australian Ninja
Black Books sits upon the shoulders of British comedy giants. For decades the British has produced show after show infused with great writing and big laughs. Monty Python, The Young Ones, Fawlty Towers, Black Adder, Red Dwarf, Father Ted and dozens of other great shows. Then there was a dry spell in the land of Her Majesty, it seemed that the reign of the British comedy TV series may be coming to an end. But then along came Black Books.... Read On
Mystery of the Nile at IMAX. Press Release
A fascinating new film set to hit the giant screen!

by Hillelman
Mystery of the Nile sounds to me like an intriguing piece of work. And, as you can see from these pics, it features some beatiful cinematography that seems ideally suited to being viewed on those enormous IMAX screens. Here's the movie's Press Release, so take a gander and see what you think.... Read On
X-Men: The Last Stand. DVD Review
A leader takes the 1st stand. A follower takes the last one.

by Hillelman
The Director of the first two X-men films, Brian Singer, chose to bow out of doing the third movie, so that he could instead make Superman Returns (which is a whole other story, one I'll have to save for another time). Replacing him at the helm of the latest instalment (and with Singer's blessing, despite many claims to contrary) is Brett Ratner.... Read On
Star Wars lives on this September. Press Release
Exciting New DVD, Videogame and Toy Releases!

by Hillelman
Available for a Limited Time Beginning 13th September 2006, New 2-Disc DVD Sets Include Original Versions of the Star Wars Trilogy as Bonus Feature Sydney, Australia, Thursday 10th August 2006 - Star Wars™ fans across the galaxy will experience the excitement and adventure of the Star Wars Trilogy as never before on 13th September, thanks to the premiere of LEGO® Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy; a new lineup of toys; and an event they've been asking to see for years: the DVD debuts of the original versions of the three movies that introduced audiences to the Star Wars saga.... Read On
Murderball. DVD Review
Inspires Aussie Ninja to use profanty most passionately

by Australian Ninja
Murderball is a fucking brilliant film. It's emotionally powerful, inspiring as all hell and makes for highly compelling viewing. Watched alone, or with a group of friends, it's the film you'll soon be enjoying and recommending to other people you know. Because it is just that damn good.... Read On
X-Men : The Last Stand Press Release
World's first ever virtual premiere party!

by Hillelman
Sydney 1st June 2006 On 22nd May, while the stars of X-Men: The Last Stand were making their way up the red carpet at the film's premiere in Cannes, thousands of X-Men fans were right there with them thanks to the first-ever online virtual Premiere party thrown by Rivers Run Red, Mash International and 20th Century Fox on Second Life.... Read On
Another X-Men: The Last Stand Update
3 more lovely shots. Stare all you want

by Hillelman
It is not far away now, folks. X-Men: The Last Stand will be in theatres Australia wide before you know it. Let's take a look a few new shots from 20th Century Fox, so we can get even more fired up about watching the movie.... Read On
X-Men: The Last Stand. More pics & official website launch
X marks the spot

by Hillelman
X-Men galore! Here's Buttonhole's third article about X3. We've now got some more tasty pics for you, once again from 20th Century Fox. We've also been informed that the official Australian website for X-Men: The Last Stand is now online.... Read On
X-Men: The Last Stand character images
A few additional pics, to further whet your appetite.

by Hillelman
Here are a few more X-Men 3, or X-Men: The Last Stand, pics for you to check out. Judging from these shots, they seem to have kept the right feel and style of the movie's look intact, so that's certainly a promising start. ... Read On
X-Men 3 Latest Trailer & Info. Official Press Release.
Start getting excited about some more X-Men movie action!

by Hillelman
Buttonhole loves movies. Buttonhole loves comics. Buttonhole loves movies based on comics! X-Men and X-Men 2 are easily two of the biggest and best of the comic based movies. We'll be working with our fine friends at 20th Century Fox to bring you coverage of the upcomming third installment in the franchise, starting with the official information regarding the film's plot and other details that I have included right here, for your viewing pleasure. As well as that, you can click the link at the bottom of this article and watch the latest X-Men 3 preview footage. So, sharpen your claws and get to reading, my fellow X-Men fans. Mutants unite!... Read On
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Toby (Kevin Zegers): "Beauty is relative." Bree (Felicity Huffman): "Not my relatives."

From Transamerica. While Reese Witherspoon was superb in Walk the Line, Huffman's astounding performance as Bree definitely should have scored her the 'Best Actress' Oscar.

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ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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