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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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Toons
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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Toons
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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Night Watch DVD coverNight Watch. DVD Review
From Russia with love.

by Hillelman
Back in the USSR, you don't know how lucky you are, boy. Yep, you've got to love Russia. Just think of all the cool shit they've given us over the years. During the cold war era, a whole bunch of evil Russian wrestlers like Ivan Koloff and Nicolai Volkoff were going around being all... you know, evil and Russian. Of a similar mould was Ivan Drago, Rocky Balboa's dreaded opponent in Rocky IV; in what is still the most hilariously unrealistic boxing match I've seen in a movie. Another boxing related Russian brute was the mighty Soda Popinski, found in the classic NES game Mike Tyson's Punchout (incidentally, in the character's original form - in the arcade version of Punchout - he went by the more offensive name of Vodka Drunkenski). Zangief is a well known Russian game icon too, being o... Read On
Q&A With Timur Bekmambetov, Director of Night Watch
Straight from the horse's mouth.

by Hillelman
Sammy's note: I should make it clear that this Q&A was not actually done by me. It was passed on to Buttonhole via our supporters at 20th Century Fox. I don't want to try and take credit for someone else's work!. ... Read On
Stranger Than Paradise. DVD Review
Another Jarmusch flick from Madman's Director's Suite Label

by Hillelman
I saw Jim Jarmusch's latest film, Broken Flowers (starring Bill Murray, in superb form) a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it. The timing of that tied in well too, because Madman recently sent me this DVD of one of Jim's earliest features- Stranger Than Paradise. ... Read On
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Dig! - DVD Review
The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre

by Madame Hooplah
Dig documents the careers and relationship between these bands over a seven-year period. Courtney Taylor and Anton Newcombe, (singer/writer of The Dandys and egomaniac/"genius" of Jonestown respectively) initially had a close relationship. Over the course of the doco they antagonise each other and grow apart. It's not totally clear how much of this is malicious but it seems to begin with The Dandy Warhols' single "not if you were the last junkie on earth". Whether justified or not, Anton, a heroin user, takes it personally and retaliates with a song called "not if you were the last dandy on earth". From thereon Anton tries to set up a Blur/Oasis type of rivalry for the media and things get strange.... Read On
Corpse Bride. Movie Review
Hatchy joins the team with our first cinema release review

by Hatchy
Corpse Bride is the latest film in what has been a busy year for director Tim Burton. Devoid of flesh and blood actors and filmed completely with stop motion photography using puppets, this is Burton's second major release in the format since 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas. ... Read On
Futile Attraction. DVD Review
Another quality film from NZ. No giant monkeys though.

by Hillelman
I'd been looking forward to seeing the New Zealand made film Futile Attraction (or, as I will also refer to it- FA), particularly because I've interviewed its director (Mark Prebble) - not once, but twice. I was impressed by the amount of fortitude it took for him to get his film done and found him to be a really likeable dude. When the DVD of FA Mark sent me for reviewing arrived, I suddenly felt a brief moment of apprehension. The thought that insidiously crept into my alcohol damaged brain was, "What if, after talking about this movie so much on the site, I ended up hating it?" That would be a rather embarrassing situation. Thankfully though, as soon as I began watching the movie my concerns were quickly put to rest. I've now watched Futile Attraction a few times and can honestly say that I reckon Mark (and his cast and crew) did a top job of it.... Read On
Breaking News. DVD Review
No news is good news. Is Breaking News also good?

by Australian Ninja
I broke the news one time, but it got better. Chinese films. I love them. Why? Well, most Chinese films are so refreshingly different to the Hollywood variety that I can't help but enjoy them more than most American films. The production values in recent years have certainly seen an improvement in Chinese films and I think that as a result Chinese films are being taken more seriously as quality entertainment and less as kooky and bizarre entities.... Read On
Double DVD Review- Crazy White Boys & Decade of Destruction
Fazz gets a double dose of dudes doing dumb things

by Fazz
The DVD opens with the following important disclaimer: "Warning: The shit in this video has been performed and supervised by Crazy White Boys. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. If you do, and get fucked up, it's on you asshole. We're not responsible for your bullshit antics." What follows is fifty minutes of needless pranks, and a few moments of hilarity thrown into the mix. ... Read On
Chelsea 2004-05 Season Review. DVD
Ichibod hates this team, but at least he follows the game.

by ichibod
"Chelsea football club were formed and entered the league in 1905. Their early years were uneventful and it wasn't until 1955 when they won their first honour, the league title. This double DVD is set over two parts and tells the story of Chelsea's sensational season."... Read On
Batman Begins DVD Review
The Dark Knight has been done justice at last

by Australian Ninja
Batman. He could kick your ass six ways from Sunday and you probably wouldn't even see him. Gotta love that. Does the world really need another Batman movie? Yes, yes it does. I consider Batman Begins to be the first "real" Batman movie. That is, the first Batman film not to be campy, not to compromise the character and not to be, in a word.... shit. Yes I'm talking about a certain two movies I shall call Generic Batman Movie number three and Generic Batman Movie number four. To this day I have never watched them and refuse to watch them on principle. Which principle is that you ask? The principle of not watching shit movies of course.... Read On
The Eye. DVD Review
What can Mugwai spy, with his little eye?

by Mugwai
Mun (Lee Sin-Je) has been blind since two years of age but has finally had a life changing operation and received a cornea transplant. Unfortunately this operation has given her the gift of more than one form of vision. At first Mun assumes the shadowy figures and semi-solid beings she witnesses are no more than tricks being played by her newly inherited eyes though she is soon to realize who she sees are no longer of this world.... Read On
Brotherhood of War. DVD Review
15000 bullets, 3000 extras, 500 Stunt people. 1 Sammy Review

by Hillelman
In war people get killed, shot, stabbed, crushed, blown up and various pieces of their bodies come off. One of the ways we know about this is because war movies show it. It seems many directors love showing us such things and people then say how important it is that the movie is so realistic in displaying the brutality of war. I suppose that's true to a degree (though, sadly, it has hardly proven to be a very affective deterrent), but how many times does one actually have to see people getting blown to bits in horrific ways in these films before the point is well and truly gotten? For me, I'd say it was about 10 war movies ago.... Read On
Follow up interview with Director Mark Prebble
Because one serving just wasn't enough!

by Hillelman
After Buttonhole's initial Interview with NZ based director Mark Prebble, plenty of further developments have taken place for him, his film Futile Attraction and more. It seemed like the best thing to do would be for us to run a follow up interview! Mr. Prebble agreed. ... Read On
Dead Man 10th Anniversary Edition. DVD Review
I'm not dead. Am I?

by Hillelman
Every so I receive a product for review that causes me to smile like an idiot and say, "my life is awesome!" One of those times occurred just the other day, when the DVD of Jim Jarmusch's Deadman arrived. The film has long been a favourite of mine and this 10th Anniversary edition disc (courtesy of Madman's excellent Director's Suite series label) has ensured that it will forever remain that way.... Read On
2B Perfectly Honest. DVD Review
Who names these things?

by Tyz
To be perfectly honest I don't know if this is a film for everyone. It is a quirky little comedy that has some fantastic acting talent behind it, but a story that you have to trust in order for it to grab you. Does it pay off on that trust? That's where opinions will differ greatly.... Read On
Blade Trinity. DVD Review
Jessica Beil is so hot right now.

by Mugwai
Director: David.S.Goyer Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Parker Posey, Triple H The third and final installment (yeah right) of the Blade series is now here on dvd and I'm sorry to report unless you're a hardcore fan you'd be better off spending your casholah on cheap crack and made for television Christian movies. Much was expected after Guillermo del Toro's (Hellboy) fantastic and greatly improved Blade 2 and maybe I expected too much. Reviewers; always wanting more.... Read On
Deck Dogz. DVD Review
Can they match up to the BMX Bandits?

by Mugwai
Deck Dogz screened for all of about five minutes in the cinemas, typical for an Australian production, thankfully a quality release of the dvd is here and if you like skateboarding in any way, shape or form you should check this shizzle out. Yes even all you kids who wear Bam Margera Element shirts and have no idea who he is.... Read On
Bubba Ho-Tep. DVD Review
Don't F*#ck with The King!

by Hillelman
Long live the King, baby. According to this movie, which is a true story (okay, it is not true at all, but just play along - it is funnier that way), Elvis Presley is alive; though heâs kind of unsure as to whether or not thatâs a good thing. Early in the picture, he looks at himself in a mirror and asks "How could I have gone from the king of rock ânâ roll to this? An old guy in a rest home in East Texas with a growth on his pecker." ... Read On
Superhero DVD Double Review
Daredevil Director's Cut & The Incredibles

by Hillelman
More DVD reviews at planet Buttonhole! That's always good, right? I'll have some other movie reviews up for you soon too but, right here and now, here's a "double review" of two recent flicks that I tied together, because they both have a superhero theme (other than that though, they are really nothing alike). I'll start with the Daredevil Director's Cut review and right under that you'll find my review of Pixar's The Incredibles. Rock on!... Read On
Napoleon Dynamite DVD Review
Moon boots and 'Tater tots; together in a movie at last!

by Hillelman
This is an unusual flick and not everyone will like it, but I sure do. The characters are odd (at least when compared with more typical movie characters) and not even particularly appealing, the pace is sedated, the humour is subtle and subdued and the plot is barely even there. Yet, for me, it mostly just comes together and works, in a quirky (that's an overused adjective, but still the most appropriate one in this case) kind of way. ... 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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Toons
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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Toons
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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Toons
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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