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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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Sammy Hillelman

Sam Hillier

Editor-in-chief and Heavyweight Champion of my own world

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237 Articles:

A few short stories from Sammy - It is a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.
A new play at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre - A play that modern audiences should be able to relate to
Activision announce Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Press Release - Over 140 Marvel Characters to be featured!
Activision aquires Game Developer - Acquisition Further Strengthens Activision’s
Activision gains record PC Market Share in Australia - Only Publisher to Have Three Top-Ten Titles for the Calendar
Activision Product Websites - A bunch of websites, for some great upcomming titles
Activision PSP Double Review - Spider-Man 2 & Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade
Activision Unveils Xbox 360 Launch Offer. Press Release - Special double pack to be available for new console
Adaptation - Dvd Review.
All Star Cast for Superman Returns game. Press Release - Actors from the film to provide voices for the game
American Splendor. DVD Review - "Real life is pretty complex stuff"
And time goes by so slowly - And time can do so much...
Another X-Men: The Last Stand Update - 3 more lovely shots. Stare all you want
Bad Santa DVD Review - Ho! Ho! Ho!
Batman Begins, the game. Preview/Press Release - Batman fanatic Sammy is looking forward to this one from EA
Batman Begins. Xbox Review - What the hell is he? He's Batman.
Batman: Mystery Of The Batwoman dvd Review - Feature-length animated Batman action
Battle of the Planets- Collection 1 (3 Disc Box Set) - 70's space ninjas with boomerangs! What's not to love?
Bloodbath: Wrestling's Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches - DVD Review. Some blood. Many words in the title
Braindead Lovers - Debut EP
Brotherhood of War. DVD Review - 15000 bullets, 3000 extras, 500 Stunt people. 1 Sammy Review
Bubba Ho-Tep. DVD Review - Don't F*#ck with The King!
Burnout Revenge/ Need For Speed Most Wanted Press Release - EA announce sequels for 2 popular racing game series
Buttonhole's Nintendo DS report - New handheld officially released in Oz, let's take a look!
Buttonhole's Sony PSP Report - Sony portable hits Australian shelves and Sammy's Hands!
Buttonhole's THQ LOADED 05 Report. - THQ had a show. We went. These are our thoughts. The end.
Bye for Now! - 20/04/05
Cam Shea's 1st Monthly Hyper Magazine Preview - Here's what'll be in the next issue, from the Editor himself
Celebrate with Xbox 360 and get wet. Press Release - Xbox 360 is staging a world record water balloon challenge!
Champions: Return to Arms. PS2 Review - Good, clean, large scale violence
Come on in, the water's fine. -
Congratulations Mugwai & Miss! - Buttonhole welcomes baby Declan to the world
Conker: Live & Reloaded. Xbox Review - Booze, violence, squirrels...a typical day at Buttonhole.
Cybershack TV coming to Channel Ten. Press Release - Some info on the upcomming TV show + interview on the way!
Dead Man 10th Anniversary Edition. DVD Review - I'm not dead. Am I?
Do you like green eggs and ham? -
Don't cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me? -
Don't damn me, when I speak a piece of mind - 'Cause silence isn't golden, when I'm holding it inside
Don't go counting your chickens... - Before you've choked them
Doom 3 on Xbox press release with screenshots and footage - The best looking Xbox game ever
Doom 3. PC Review - Demons never looked so good
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil. Xbox Review - Will those pesky demons never learn?
Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King. PS2 Review: Part 1 - 1st of a 2 part review. This game has my full geek love!
Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King. PS2 Review: Part 2 - The second half of my DQ love fest!
Dungeon Siege II. PC Review - A nerd's nirvana!
EA and Jay Kay in Need for Speed: Showdown - (Europe Only) - Press Release. (Australia/NZ is again part of Europe here)
EA Announces Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takover for PSP. - Press Release. Officially liscensed hip-hop fighting game.
EA granted rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. - Press Release.
Eclectic Triple CD Review - Peeping Tom, Declan O'Rourke & Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Editorial 13/04/05 -
Editorial 19/01/05 - Sammy Says
Editorial 5/04/05 -
Editorial 9/02/05 - Welcome
Even cowgirls get the blues -
Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief. - All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief.
Everybody have fun tonight - Everybody wang chung tonight
Evil Dead Regeneration Press release - Xbox/ PS2 to host another game based on Sam Raimi's classic
Fable: The Lost Chapters. PC Review - Sammy's lost chapters usually had something to do with beer
Fantastic Four Press Release - Well known artists create original songs for the game
Fantastic Four. PlayStation 2 Review - There are four of them. That part is true
Far Cry Instincts First Look - More Far Cry action on the way, this time for the consoles.
Far Cry Instincts. Xbox Review - Far Crying out loud, just buy it! (yep, another lame gag)
Far Cry. PC Review - Awesome
Farewell to Heath Ledger - Cheers to him.
First look at Ace Combat: Squadron Leader - #5 in the series is heading our way and looking good
Follow up interview with Director Mark Prebble - Because one serving just wasn't enough!
Friends will arrive, friends will disappear - If you want me, honey baby, I'll be here
Futile Attraction director Mark Prebble interview - Buttonhole's Sammy and Kris interview New Zealand's Mark
Futile Attraction. DVD Review - Another quality film from NZ. No giant monkeys though.
George Smith is the cover athelete for Rugby 2005 - EA announces Smith as the spokesman for their upcomming game
Getting Up & Test Drive Unlimited. Press Release - These two Atari titles are shaping up very nicely
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - PlayStation 2 review
Guitar Hero 2. PlayStation 2 Review - I wanna rock 'n' roll, no matter how long it is to the top!
Halo 2. Xbox Review - Hype this
Happy Birthday Buttonhole. And oh, what heights we'll hit! - On with the show, this is it!
Haunting Ground. PlayStation 2 Review - Now we can all run away like little girls
Have your say with new Wii Channel. Press Release - Everybody Votes Channel launches on Wii
He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special. DVD Review - I ho, ho, haaave the powerrr!
Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name? -
Hitman: Blood Money Confirmed For Xbox 360. Press Release - Agent 47 set for next gen slaughter!
Home sweet home -
I caught you knocking at my cellar door - I love you, baby, can I have some more?
I like Aeroplane Jelly. - Aeroplane Jelly for me.
I sh*t and I stink, I'm real join the club - I'd stop and talk, but I'm already in love
I take a couple uppers. I down a couple downers. - But nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills.
I think that I'd be happy too, looking at me, if I were you. -
Ice Age 2 The Meltdown hits Aussie shelves. Press Release - Game based on animated movie officially arrives down under.
If you read this, people will think you are awesome -
Info on Iron Man game & Sonic for 360. Press Release - A bit of news on 2 Sega titles that are likely to rock
Introducing...Wii. Press Release - Nintendo officially names their next console
It's so easy, when everybody's tryin' to please me -
Jackass The Movie - Fazz's Haggard review inspired me to post this old one
Jersey Girl - Kevin Smith gets all "grown up"
Just because you're paranoid - Don't mean they're not after you
Keep on rocking in the free world -
Killer 7. Gamecube/PS2 Review. - I don't know why I love you, but I do.
Learn to love it, because we're the best thing going today! -
Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events - PlayStation 2 Review
Lost (for a while) Pics of Hideo Kojima from GO3 - That's not a Solid Snake. THIS is a Solid Snake
Madman's Crazy 10th Anniversary. Press Release - $10 a Disc Online Sale!!
Makai Kingdom. PS2 Import Review - US NTSC version of the Strat RPG. Cheers Realgamer!
Man waits for all time -
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. GBA Review - Handheld has never seen such large moustaches.
Massive News - Game Legend for G03. Press Release - The legendary Hideo Kojima is coming to GO3!
Mike Kerry discusses Cybershack TV. Interview/Information - Sammy asks Mike a bunch of questions about the new show
More Wii info from Nintendo. Press Release - Console set to go Wii, wii, wii all the way to Australia!
Moto GP3 for Xbox and PC - THQ and Climax confirm new Extreme mode and online modes
"Must own" comics part 1:Watchmen - You MUST own this. Or else!
"Must own" comics part 3: Batman the Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller's legendary Bat book joins the group
Mystery of the Nile at IMAX. Press Release - A fascinating new film set to hit the giant screen!
Napoleon Dynamite DVD Review - Moon boots and 'Tater tots; together in a movie at last!
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja for PS2 from Atari. Press Release - Popular Anime now in fighting game form!
Night Watch. DVD Review - From Russia with love.
Nintendo Connection Tour '06. Press Release - Nintendo brings the world of touch screen gaming to you!
Nintendo DS Lite Australian Launch. Press Release - lighter - brighter - slimmer
Nintendo DS news - SEGA intends to rub one out
Nintendo Reveal Their Revolutionary Controller - Most peculiar momma...
Often down - Never out
Old Games That Sure Don't Suck. Platform Games: Part One. - Sammy gets his new column off to a running, jumping start.
Old Games That Sure Don't Suck. Platform Games: Part Two - The rise and fall of Sonic
On like Donkey Kong -
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Dvd Review.
Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors Press Release - Bone-crunching combat sequel to be published by SEGA in Euro
Out Toxication Part 1. (More of Sammy's poems) - I'll show you mine, if you'll show me yours.
Out Toxication Part 2 - The part that comes after part 1
Pariah. PC/Xbox Review - Pariah, Pariah, pants on fire.
Patience certainly is a virtue - But too much of it might hurt you
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow - Press Release
Playboy: The Mansion. PS2/Xbox/PC Review - Become Hugh Heffner! Try and get rid of that "old guy smell"
PlayStation 2 "Hack 'n' Slash" Double Review: - Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends and Blood Will Tell
Popcorn Eyes. Some poems by Sammy. - For those who like such things, dig in.
Pre-orders for Xbox 360 have begun. Press Release - Want to be sure to get one at lauch?
Press Release. Haze 4 Player Demo Availabe Soon. - Exclusively for the PLAYSTATION®Network
Press Release. National Treasure 2 Coming soon to DVD - On 4 June 2008 The adventure continues on Disney DVD!
Press release: EA and Criterion announcement - Lending a helping hand to potential game designers
Press Release: Xbox 360 begins Australian countdown - Powerhouse console to go on sale in Australia March 2, 2006
PSP Platform Game Double Review - Ape Escape: On the Loose & Daxter
Q&A With Cam Shea - Hyper's editor answers our probing questions
Q&A With Daniel Wilks from Hyper magazine - World's Most Dangerous Deputy Editor speaks to Buttonhole
Q&A with David Kazim from GO3 - This Aussie 'electronic entertainment expo' sounds awesome!
Q&A With Malcolm Campbell From Hyper Magazine - Come and see how good their Art Director looks!
Q&A with RD Reynolds from - WrestleCrap's RD provides "A's" to Buttonhole's "Q's"
Q&A with Scott Tipton from Movie Poop Shoot - The comics Professor answers all of my questions with ease
Q&A with Séamus Byrne From Hyper Magazine - Find out more about the author of "Game Theory"
Q&A With Timur Bekmambetov, Director of Night Watch - Straight from the horse's mouth.
Quake 4. PC Review - Quake 4 Sammy 4 Eva
Resident Evil 4. PlayStation 2 Review - So good, it's scary (yeah, that was lame).
Ric Flair - The Ultimate Collection
RIP Eddie Guerrero - 1967 - 2005
Road Warriors. DVD Review - The Life and Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in History
Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis. First Look - A few preview screens & some info on the upcoming 360 title
Sammy's Capcom Retro Mania Triple Review - 1 PS2 game. 2 PSP games. With titles too long to fit here!
Sammy's in depth look at Bret Hart's career and DVD: Part 1 - I felt like going all out for this one
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.
Sammy's in depth look at Bret Hart's career and DVD: Part 3 - Overrated cry baby? We'll see about that!
Sammy's PlayStation 2 Retrospective (and Max Drive review) - Make what you will of my inane ramblings
Sammy's PSP Multi-Review Bonanza - 4 PSP games reviewed in the 1 easy to open article!
Sammy's Wii thoughts. You say you want a Revolution? - Well, you know, Wii all want to change the world.
Sammy's Wrestlemania 21 Match Preview - Here are my thoughts on the upcomming event
Sammy's Wrestling DVD Double Review Bonanza! - Spectacular Legacy of AWA & Hulk Hogan: Ultimate Anthology
Sammy's Xbox 360 Software Buyer's Guide Spectacular #1 - 1st half of my super-late look at every 360 game I've played
Scooby Doo! Unmasked Press release - THQ unmasks new game based on the much loved cartoon
Scott Tipton has some news for his readers (and Buffy fans) - A bit of a (late) plug for the "Comics Proffessor"
Season's Geekings -
Sega celebrates Sonic the Hedgehog's 15th Anniversary! - Press Release: Heaps of sweet Sonic action on the way
Sega Press Release: Altered Beast - Unleash the beast!
Shadow of the Colossus. PlayStation 2 Review - Far more impressive than "Shadow of the Pygmy"
Shaun of the Dead DVD Review - Beer. Video games. Zombies. Sounds like Buttonhole to me.
Shock DVD to host wrestling talent autograph session - WWE Survivor Series Tour October 27th - 29th. Press Release
Shock DVD to host WWE Superstars meet & greet. Press Release - Another cool event coming up for Aussie wrestling fans!
Shock DVD to host WWE Superstars Meet and Greet! - Aussie wrestling fans, go and meet your favourites.
SiN Episode 1: Emergence in stores May. Press Release - EA to Distribute First New Episode to Gamers Worldwide
So don't fear if you hear a foreign sound to your ear - It's alright, Ma, I'm only sighing. you come here often? - Editorial 20/06/05
Somebody up there likes me. - And somebody down there hates my guts.
Sometimes you kick - Sometimes you get kicked
Sonic Mega Collection Plus. PS2/Xbox Review - This is the Buttonhole review PLUS!
Special K and Madame Hooplah return with some big news! - I guess this means I won't be getting rid of him
Spider-Man 2. DVD Review - Does whatever a spider can.
Star Wars lives on this September. Press Release - Exciting New DVD, Videogame and Toy Releases!
Stolen Press Release: - official site launched
Stranger Than Paradise. DVD Review - Another Jarmusch flick from Madman's Director's Suite Label
Super Mario 64 DS. Nintendo DS Review - What's a new Nintendo system without Mario?
Superhero DVD Double Review - Daredevil Director's Cut & The Incredibles
Superman Returns: The Videogame. Press Release - EA is set to publish a game based on Singer's super flick !
Talkman on its way to Sony PSP. Press Release - Hey... don't be misunderstood! Learn to TalkMan™
Tell me tell me tell me the answer - You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer
The Addams Family - Volume 1. DVD Review - They're creepy and they're kooky... you know the rest.
The Best of Intercontinental Championship. DVD Review - What's in a name?
The Chronicles of Narnia. PS2/Xbox/Gamecube Review - The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe & The Sammy
The games of E3 part 1: Sony PSP - Let's see what E3 had in store for the widescreen wonder
The games of E3 part 2: Nintendo Gamecube - There's still a lot of life left in the mighty little 'cube!
The games of E3 part 3: Nintendo DS & GBA/Micro - It is the Nintendo handheld's turn
The games of E3 part 4: Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation2 - 360? PS3? You won't need 'em for a while yet!
The games of E3 Part 5: PC - You can use a computer for games too? Wow!
The Greatest Wrestling Stars of the '80's. DVD Review - Almost as perfect as the late Curt Hennig!
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Xbox/PS2/Gamecube - I, for one, actually do like him when he's angry
The Tragic Tale of Sammy's Xbox 360 Delays of Doom! - Whinging Drama Queen Brigade: Can't beat 'em? Join 'em
THQ and Team17 Press release - The Worms are headed for both the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP!
THQ Announce Next Generation of WWE titles. Press Release. - Smackdown vs. Raw 07 headed to Xbox 360 & PS3
THQ Press Release: The Incredibles- Back in Action - Another Incredibles game set for all major systems
THQ publishes AFL Premiership for Xbox & PC. Press Release - Exclusive publishing deal secured.
To infinite and beyond! - Buttonhole's first year was just too sweet
Top Japanese Publishers Announce Commitment to Xbox 360 - Press Release. Huge titles coming to the next gen system!
Top Spin 2 . Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and GBA. Press Release - Pick your console and hit the courts!
Ubisoft & Capcom Announce Distribution Agreement . - Press Release. PC versions of big console titles on the way!
Ubisoft announce new Tom Clancy console title. Press Release - Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Critical Hour coming to PS2 & Xbox
Ubisoft Announces Battles of Prince Of Persia. Press Release - Franchise Embarks on a Brand-New Adventure for Nintendo DS
Ubisoft announces new PSP lineup including Prince of Persia. - More portable goodness on the way! Press Release.
Ubisoft to bring Kingdom Hearts II down under. Press Release - It's a small world after all
Ultimate Spider-Man. PS2 Review - Vastly superior to Penultimate Spider-Man
USB Control Pad Adaptors Review - The time has come to take control
Vivendi Universal Games Aquires High Moon Studios. - Press Release
War is hell on PlayStation 2! Double Review - Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 and Full Spectrum Warrior
WarioWare Touched! Nintendo DS Review - Do you enjoy rubbing and touching?
Welcome - Editorial 13/01/05
Win an exclusive Nintendo "Fanboy 01" jacket. - Win one of these suckas (then give it to me)
Wipeout Pure. PSP Review - As Max Power would say, "Strap yourself in and feel the Gs!"
Wrestlemania 21. Xbox Review - It could have been a contender
Wrestling Game Double Review: - Day of Reckoning 2 (Gamecube) & Smackdown vs. Raw 06 (PSP)
Wrestling news: ECW to return. Updated version! - Rising from the ashes, at least for one night
WWE - Day of Reckoning. Gamecube Review - Wrasslin' on da 'cube!
WWE No Way Out - Here's the report of the latest Pay Per View
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw - PlayStation 2 Review
X-Men 2. DVD Review - Was doing superhero flicks, so figured I'd add this one too
X-Men 3 Latest Trailer & Info. Official Press Release. - Start getting excited about some more X-Men movie action!
X-Men : The Last Stand Press Release - World's first ever virtual premiere party!
X-Men III: Official Game of the Movie. Press Release - Game info and sexy trailers to please your peepers
X-Men: The Last Stand character images - A few additional pics, to further whet your appetite.
X-Men: The Last Stand. DVD Review - A leader takes the 1st stand. A follower takes the last one.
X-Men: The Last Stand. More pics & official website launch - X marks the spot
X05 Confirmed. Press Release - Microsoft confirms X0 event for 2005
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player - Launch Details. Press Release - Swanky upgrade device set to head down under in ealry 2007!
Xbox 360 release dates. Press Release - Nov. 22 in North America, Dec. 2 in Europe, Dec. 10 in Japan
Xbox 360. Hardware Review - For a while there, it felt like they were trying to stop me!
Xbox 360s to hit Australian stores. Press Release - Start busting those piggy banks
You're the real thing. - Even better than the real thing.
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Raise your glasses and rejoice, for the fun times are about to drastically expand. To paraphrase The Rock: "Finally... Old Sammy has come Buttonhole!" ...Read On

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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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