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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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Shaun of the Dead DVD Shaun of the Dead DVD Review

Beer. Video games. Zombies. Sounds like Buttonhole to me.

Publisher: Universal

Fri, 15 April 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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This movie was billed as “A romantic comedy. With zombies.” That alone was enough to make me keen to see it. I’d also heard and read plenty of praise for the British film, which seemed to take forever to reach Australian shores. When I finally did see Shaun of the Dead, I was pleased to find that I enjoyed it even more than I’d expected to. Now that the movie is available on DVD I can watch it whenever I want!

Shaun’s (Simon Pegg) life is stuck in a rut. He’s 29 years old and works as the assistant manager of an electrical store, which is a job he has absolutely no real interest in. He spends the majority of his spare time with his slob of a best friend and flat-mate Ed (Nick Frost) either hanging out at the local pub or sitting at home playing video-games (hmm…sounds familiar). Shaun’s girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) is at the stage in her life when she wants to make the most of her opportunities and become successful. Even though she loves Shaun, Kate doesn’t believe she will be able to achieve her goals with him dragging her down, so she dumps the bastard. When they find themselves in the middle of a zombie epidemic, the remarkable (and hilarious) circumstances are enough to shake Shaun out of his apathetic state. Can he keep his friends (and Mum) alive, save the day and win back his girl?

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The New Kids on the Block reunion did not go well
Shaun of the Dead was written by Pegg, along with Edgar Wright who also directed the movie. These guys have plenty of experience as a team; they worked together on the excellent comedy series Spaced, which also featured Nick Frost. Also appearing in the movie are: Dylan Moran (who played Bernard Black in the series Black Books) and Lucy Davis (Dawn from The Office), amongst many others- it is like a who’s who of recent top quality UK comedy. Another amusing bit of geek trivia is that Peter Serafinowicz, who plays the character Pete in the film, did the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

As the film’s title should make perfectly clear, Shaun of the Dead is a parody of Dawn of the Dead and the “zombie movie” genre in general. If you have seen flims such as Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Night of the Living Dead and 28 Days Later you will definitely notice and appreciate all the references and gags packed into this movie. But even if you haven’t seen any of those flicks you could still watch Shaun of the Dead and find the experience thoroughly enjoyable. It features solid acting, a really clever and well paced script, easily relatable characters, witty dialogue and some great slapstick comedy. The zombie stuff is not all there is to the movie, not by a long shot.

Some of the sequences in Shawn of the Dead are fantastically clever and they are all meticulously shot too. I don’t want to go into too much detail about them, because seeing them the first time for yourself is not something that you should have spoiled in any way. Just trust me on that one. I have to say that the movie looks better than many recent films I have seen with far larger budgets, which just goes to prove that hard work, talent and creativity can still go a long way. I didn’t notice any problems whatsoever with the DVD transfer.

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The launch of the PlayStation 3 attracted quite a crowd
The soundtrack is implemented as expertly as every other aspect of the film. Every song or piece of music is superbly fitting, some times to great comedic effect. I’m pleased to report that the quality of the DVDs sound remains excellent.
Shawn of the Dead’s included DVD extras are:

Commentary with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.

Deleted Scenes With Commentary.
The Man Who Would Be Shaun.
Flip Chart.
Epic Adventure Featurette.
35mm Make Up Tests. SFX Before And After.
Funky Pete. Trailers.
Plot Holes x 3. Photo Gallery.
2000AD Strip (There's Something About Mary).
Poster Designs

I think you’ll agree that is a more than satisfying amount of bonus material. I haven’t checked it all out yet to be honest. I did check out the commentary track though and I can certainly recommend that you do the same, it was a beauty.

Shawn of the Dead is a refreshingly different style of romantic comedy and just a whole lot of fun to watch. It is also one of those movies that you can happily watch multiple times, which makes it an easy recommendation for purchase.

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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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