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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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Ric Flair & Four Horseman DVD CoverRic Flair and The Four Horsemen. Wrestling DVD Review
This Nature Boy's got more Chops than your butcher

by The Gimmick
Long before factions like Degeneration-X, nWo, The Hart Foundation and even the great Los Boricuas were kicking ass and striving to be the best, there was a group of men who had been there already and done it all. A group of men who lived their gimmick (in a good way, not like Goldberg) and made you proud to be a wrestling fan, whether you liked them or not. I'm talking about the Four Horsemen and no matter which incarnation was around (some clearly better than others) the aura of the Horsemen was lucid. Now WWE with Shock have released a two disc DVD entitled "Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen" which, if only for the history lessons alone, should be in every wrestling fans library. Yo Ric how come our photo is in black and white? "Because boys The Nature Boy has it all, style and profil... Read On
Mick Foley: Hits & Misses - The Hardcore Edition. DVD Review
Gimmick? He's Hardcore.

by The Gimmick
Some time ago I reviewed the DVD entitled Mick Foley: Greatest Hits & Misses. For those who haven't read it or maybe want refreshment here it is [link to previous article] WWE through Shock have re-released that particular 2 disc DVD set, added a third disc and re-titled it The Hardcore Edition. The first two discs are exactly the same as before but the third is a bonus showcasing Foley's four best matches since returning to WWE after his extended sabbatical. Let's be realistic here, it's a cheap plug for Mick's new book entitled The Hardcore Diaries. But that's not to say it's not an entertaining r... Read On
The Rise and Fall of ECW. Book Review
Extremely Crap Wrestling? Think again punk!

by Australian Ninja
ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! Like a bat out of hell ECW burst onto the wrestling scene in the 90's with its bloody, chaotic style and shook up the place like nobodies business. ECW! ECW! ECW! ECW! As luck would have it I stumbled across this tome of ECW lore at my local library. It was on the new book stand and I found it by accident while waiting in line to be served. So I took it home to fondle its shiny, glossy hard black cover. To say that it was entertaining and engrossing would be an understatement. I read over 100 pages within hours of bringing it home. I even put off... Read On
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Sammy's Wrestling DVD Double Review Bonanza!
Spectacular Legacy of AWA & Hulk Hogan: Ultimate Anthology

by Hillelman
More wrestling DVDs, sweet! I love getting all these beauties. As I've said before, much of the time I find the current WWE shows pretty lacklustre, but their DVDs are still keeping me very happy indeed. So, here's my opinion of a couple of the latest ones. (This is a pretty shitty intro isn't it? Oh well) ... Read On
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story. DVD Review
The Gimmick is a mean bagpipest

by The Gimmick
Whenever I hear bagpipes I think of one man. No not Groundskeeper Willie, or even Johnnie Walker, but the "Rowdy Scot" himself - Rowdy Roddy Piper. He is the man who was first a skinny 17 year old rookie and later became not only the greatest Heel in wrestling, but one of the most revered and respected in the sport's history. Now for the first time, the WWE have released (through Shock) a 3 disc set on this legend's career, entitled - Born To Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story.... Read On
The History of the WWE Championship. Wrestling DVD Review
The Gimmick's time machine has a brand new flux capacitor

by The Gimmick
For over forty years the WWE championship has been the number one wrestling title in the world. Held by some of the men who have made not just the WWE, but pro wrestling in general, the phenomenon we all know today. Men such as Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The Undertaker and others have all held this title and helped create the legend that comes along with it. Now WWE and Shock have released a special 3 DVD set hosted by Jim Ross entitled: The History Of The WWE Championship. This set features some of the greatest and most controversial WWE championship matches of all time.... Read On
D-Generation X. Wrestling DVD Review
Killer App can "crotch chop" with the best of 'em

by Killer App
As the DX theme song asks, "are you ready"? Well, Bonesaw might be ready, but I'm not sure if I am. I was ready for D-Generation X, during their first run; but the revised current version tends to leave me a bit cold. Lucky for me then, that this DVD is actually a conversion of a VHS tape that came out in the 90's and is therefore dedicated to the group as they were during their prime (in my opinion). ... Read On
WWE SummerSlam 2006. PPV/DVD Review
Gimmick's tag team partner went missing

by The Gimmick
Sammy's note: I screwed things up again for poor Gimmick. I was actually away when he sent this is in, which is why it didn't get posted closer to the date of the PPV. Sorry again, dude! However, there's no need to let his good work go to waste. The SummerSlam 06 DVD will be available soon, so you can now read Gimmick's report to help you decide whether or not you should purchase that disc.... Read On
McMahon. Wrestling DVD Review
Only the Gimmick has enough power to take on big Vince

by The Gimmick
Loving family man, or evil business man? Patriot or scoundrel? These two questions were asked right at the top of a new 2 disc DVD released by WWE (and published by Shock) simply entitled: McMahon. This is the story of the chairman of the WWE, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and it is up to you to answer those two questions. Hello, my name is Gimmick (also known as prisoner # 902714.") and I will be with you to dissect this brand new release all about the life and times of the CEO of WWE and, as many believe, the creator of Sports Entertainment as we know it. Let's take a look at disc one shall we? Good, cos you've got no choice really!... Read On
Shock DVD to host WWE Superstars meet & greet. Press Release
Another cool event coming up for Aussie wrestling fans!

by Hillelman
Hello again, all my fellow wrestling fanatics. As you probably know by now, the WWE is touring down under again soon. And, like the last few times they've headed our way, Shock DVD is holding a "meet and greet" session where fans can interact with some of the WWE Superstars in person. For more details on who will be there, you're best bet is to keep checking the Appearences section of wwe.com. ... Read On
The World's Greatest Wrestling Managers. DVD Review
Killer App stands at ringside with a steel cane

by Killer App
Here's my first review for Buttonhole and I'm as excited as Jerry Lawler at a child care centre! I get to write about wrestling and other things I love (and at last somebody might even listen)! Another of my goals in life has been reached. The only one left is to star in an episode of "Home and Away" as the flamin' mongrel who kills Alf. ... Read On
WWE Vengeance 06. PPV Report
The "Fake Gimmick" hasn't shown up yet

by The Gimmick
Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Gimmick! And Vengeance is here sayeth Vincent K McMahon. It's the return of DX and the debut of Sabu at a WWE PPV. That, plus some interesting matches, made this one a show to look forward to.... Read On
The American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story. DVD Review
The Gimmick gets funky like a monkey

by The Gimmick
If I asked the common man here in Australia who Virgil Runnels is, they would more than likely have no idea what I was on about. And if I asked the common man in Australia who Dusty Rhodes is, they probably still wouldn't know what I was on about. But if I asked the common man in USA who Dusty Rhodes is they would immediately recognize and celebrate the name of the man who represented the common man in the world of professional wrestling. Throughout the 70's and 80's Dusty Rhodes was the embodiment of everything that was American and not high class America, he was the working class mans hero coming from nothing and becoming the American Dream. Now Shock and WWE have put together a special 3 DVD set to honor the man known all over as - The American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story.... Read On
ECW One Night Stand 2006. PPV Report
E. C Dub! E.C Dub!

by The Gimmick
Sammy's note: Sorry, wrestling fans, that I was unable to post this closer to the actual PPV. Gimmick had it done on time, so don't blame him. Anyway, it is still a relevant review because the DVD of the show will be coming out soon. One year ago, Vince McMahon decided to do an ECW PPV. A. As a tribute to the wrestlers and the company and B. To see if the company was still viable, financially and otherwise. I guess seeing that the PPV went ahead was proof that it is indeed viable.... Read On
Sammy's in depth look at Bret Hart's career and DVD: Part 3
Overrated cry baby? We'll see about that!

by Hillelman
As was covered in Part 2 - Bret Hart, after working hard for many years and earning the respect of wrestling fans the world over, became the WWE's champion and a main event star. If that was the end of the story, we'd have ourselves quite the happy ending wouldn't we? But we all know life is infrequently that simple, or kind. There were more chapters to follow in the tale of the Hitman's life. A few things happened that were dramatic and controversial enough that, for some time (and to a lesser extent, even to this day), they overshadowed all that came before them. For a while there, it really seemed like Hart's entire career prior to these events was almost forgotten.... Read On
WWE Backlash 2006. PPV Report
The Gimmick lashes back

by The Gimmick
What traditionally comes after Wrestlemania? No, not a hangover! Backlash comes after Wrestlemania, and this year's continues that tradition.... Read On
Wrestlemania 22. 2nd PPV Report
The Wrestling B Team is back in action!

by Darth Bin Laden
Sammy's intro: Hello Buttonholers, you gorgeous creatures. We didn't get this report as quickly as we'd like (again!), due to DBL having technical problems. But, like Gene Snitsky, it "wasn't his fault". Besides, if anything ever just went perfectly smoothly, I'd probably pass out from the shock. Fortunately though, our wrestling section lead, the Gimmick, had his Wrestlemania report up nice and promptly. Now it is time for the wrestling "B Team" to tell you what we thought. DBL has altered his format this time around, as you'll soon see. As usual, DBL's words are in regular font and mine are in italics. Okay... ring the damn bell! ... Read On
Wrestlemania 22. PPV Report
The biggest wrestling show of the year, baby!

by The Gimmick
Here we are again, Wrestlemania has come and gone and The Gimmick is here to run it down for y'all. Honestly I can still remember watching Wrestlemania 1 for the first time as an 8 year old and it doesn't seem that long ago. Although my heavy drinking has left holes in my memory so that could be the reason! ... Read On
Sammy's in depth look at Bret Hart's career and DVD: Part 2
Now we get to a bit of the more juicy stuff.

by Hillelman
As was covered in Part 1 - since joining the World Wrestling Federation, Bret Hart eventually became very well received as the technical wrestler half of the excellent Hart Foundation tag team. Then he transitioned into a popular singles competitor, which lead to him capturing the highly respected (at the time) Intercontinental Title. The next logical step, as far as individual success was concerned, was to see if wrestling fans would embrace Bret "Hitman" Hart as world heavyweight champion. ... Read On
Blood Sport: ECW'S Most Violent Matches. DVD Review
The Gimmick gets wrapped in barbed wire again.

by The Gimmick
Here we are again ladies and gentlemen for another WWE DVD review, but this time we're going to the EXTREME! Just when you thought it was safe for you're kids to watch wrestling again, (just quietly, that hasn't been a reality for over 6 years) WWE and Shock bring us a look back at some ECW classics with this 2 disc release entitled ECW: The Most Extreme Matches (Sammy's note: Well, actually that isn't exactly what it is titled, but close enough. I went with the name Shock lists the DVD as, but even that isn't exactly what it says on the cover. Sorry to interrupt you once again there Mr. Gimmick). How extreme are they? Seriously, if you are squeamish about blood then give this a miss, because quite frankly some of the stuff on this would make Chopper Reed grimace.... Read On
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ToonlogoWrestling Quote of the Month

"We had a great response from it." Greg Gagne, (with a straight face!) speaking about "The Team Challenge Series", on The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA DVD.

Everyone else on the DVD gives "The Team Challenge Series" a far more accurate assesment: It was a massive failure and remains a laughingstock to this day.

What is the main reason you watch wrestling?
Hoping to see good quality matches
The crazy storylines and/or characters
Blood and violence
The sexy women or men
A combination of any of the above

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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