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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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Larry Flynt Book 1 Sex. Lies & Politics: The Naked Truth. Book Review

Tyz thinks Larry Flynt should stick to the dirty pictures

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation

Mon, 16 May 2005

Mark Profile by: Tyz

Larry Flint likes to tell people that he is a simple "Smut Peddler" and that despite is success he still knows what drives the average man. He attributes the success of his pornographic empire to this knack for giving the public what they want. With the current resurgence of left-leaning political commentary books (thanks to Michael Moore’s brilliant Stupid White Men) Flint has seen another avenue to give us what we apparently want â€" but you can have too much of a good thing.

Flint has proved himself to be player in United States politics, and anyone who has underestimated Flint’s power to orchestrate a media circus has done so at their peril. From his early court battles over freedom-of-speech and libel (well documented in the film The People vs. Larry Flint) to his $1Million bounty offered for anyone who could supply incriminating information on key Republican Party senators, Flint has never shied away from controversy. Unfortunately this book just isn’t very controversial.

About a quarter of this book can be found in earlier sources, particularly those sections dealing with the illegitimacy of Bush’s first election win and the right-wing/corporate bias of many news organisations. Another 40% is actually interesting tales of Flint’s own experiences in the media, the courtroom and in politics. The remainder is mostly Flint saying how great he is, how great pornography is and how Republicans are evil. It is this component that gets tiresome and repetitive. We can only read so many times that Flint came from humble beginnings before you start to wonder who he is trying to convince. Remember â€" Flint made his money a long time ago and he has now been filthy rich for several decades.

Flint’s opinions on pornography and its role in society are “skewed” to say the least. While espousing all the positive aspects of erotica (Mr and Mrs Average spicing up their old sex life) Flint ignores the anti-social aspects of pornography, the abuse of some of its “stars” and psychological effects it can have on the mentally unstable. If you are going to write about an issue you have to tackle the bigger topics rather than just put forth your own opinion. This misleads readers and does them a disservice.

Another area where Flint’s bias leaves a sour taste is his writing on US party politics. While I do think that the American Republican Party is an evil, money-grabbing pack of hyenas â€" the American Democrats have their faults too. Many commentators have written on the short comings of the Democrats, and for Flint to write about them like saints and martyrs is subjective reporting at its worst. When you say you want to get the hypocrites, get them all or run the risk of becoming one yourself.

This book was written prior to the last US election, but did not see light on Australian shelves until afterwards. This rendered some of the book dated and irrelevant. To paraphrase David Hume, this book “fell dead-born from the press”.

Lastly, the back cover has various one line quotes from other authors saying how wonderful Flint is (not the book, just Flint). When you read the book however, you realise that some of the people slapping the author on the back are on his payroll, while others have had their own books praised within the pages of Flint’s work. You praise my book, I’ll praise yours.


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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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