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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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Jimmy Eat World CD cover Jimmy Eat World: Futures

CD Review

Publisher: Interscope records

Mon, 10 January 2005

Fazz Profile 01 by: Fazz

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Jimmy Eat World blazed onto the scene a few years back, revolutionizing the Emo scene. After several split EPs and small budget releases the band released “Static Prevails” and followed shortly with “Clarity” featuring the hit single “Lucky Denver Mint”. Next up was the award-winning “Bleed American” which had to be renamed “Jimmy Eat World” after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

After almost 4 years and constant touring the band decided to release their 4th full-length studio album. “Futures” is the amazing follow-up to “Bleed American”. The album opens with the blistering guitar riffs of the title track, “Futures”. As with the opening title track of “Bleed American” (later renamed “Salt, Sweat, Sugar”) it truly is a killer first track. Jim Adkins’ stunning vocals carry you straight into what promises to be another brilliant album by the band who some say (and I concur, not one artist has come close) re-invented the Emo genre.
Next up is “Just Tonight”, a song that proves that Jimmy Eat World can be as dark and disturbing as they can be poppy and lighthearted. This track features more layered heavy guitar sounds and dissonant vocal melodies reminiscent of their earlier releases.
Up third we have “Work” (what is it with these 1-word titles?). This song is the complete antithesis of its forerunner. Mellow guitars and uplifting vocals transport us into a chorus that is almost heartfelt enough to bring a tear to the eye.

A choppy acoustic guitar riff moves us into the 4th track, “Kill”. By this stage you’re wondering where all these mellow tracks are coming from until the chorus of “Kill” breaks and reminds you of the catchy lines from “Lucky Denver Mint”. “The World You Love” is the 5th track from this epic release. It represents the point in the album where the songs begin to get lighter and less brooding. It still retains the classic Jimmy Eat World massive guitar-ridden pre-choruses and choruses that all of us who have been long-time fans have come to expect. It truly is the sort of song that makes you feel glad to be alive.
Next up we have “Pain”, the hit single that blistered into our consciousness in late 2004. This brutally dark and heavy song was also featured on last years console release of “Tony Hawk Underground 2” (thanks for the tip off Jamie). This would have to be my personal favorite song on this album.

Crossing the threshold into the second half of the album is the vastly different “Drugs or Me”. Relaxed piano and sampling feature heavily in this song, which moves slowly and surely into “Polaris”. “Polaris” is yet another more laid back clean guitar song. It features some fantastic lead guitar work that reminds me very much of U2 and other bands who use that soaring guitar and vocal style in such a brilliant way. At this stage we’re heading towards the end of the record, and in keeping with the style of the rest of the record we have “Nothingwrong”, another bastardly heavy awesome rock song that gets your head nodding and toe tapping. “Nothingwrong” would probably be the heaviest rock track on the whole album, so definitely check this one out.
Beautiful vocal harmonies and more acoustic guitars introduce us into “Night Drive”, which, like many of the tracks earlier in the record, is the complete opposite of the song preceding it. If you expected an easily flowing record that moves predictably all the way through from start to finish, forget it!

“23” (no, not Michael Jordan’s old number) is the second last song on the album. It starts with a really nice guitar and string part which again reminds me of some U2 and Dire Straits releases. Yet again this band continues to amaze me by writing material that is totally unlike their past releases yet still keeps true to the bands vision, sound and feel. Finally, marked as a Bonus Track, we have “Shame”, the utterly excellent closing song on this record. Again it’s completely dissimilar to older Jimmy Eat World tracks using huge drum overdubs with relatively thin guitar and vocal parts until the chorus breaks and the whole sound meshes together. This song kind of reminds me of some of the stuff featured on “Clarity”, which is cool, as “Clarity” is my favorite Jimmy Eat World release to date. The disk also includes the token multimedia contents and allows you access to a “secret site”. This site allows you to download rare and unreleased material and demos by the band during rehearsal and pre-production for “Futures”.

Overall this album is truly great. It took me a few listens to familiarize myself with the newer material, but after a couple of runs it becomes impossible to stop listening. Instead of going with the concise layout of a tried and true pop-rock record as they did with “Bleed American”, they’ve brought all the best elements from all their past releases and rolled them into what is, without question, one of the best rock albums released in late 2004. I would highly recommend this purchase to any fan of modern rock and emo.


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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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