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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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Blade Trinity DVD Blade Trinity. DVD Review

Jessica Beil is so hot right now.

Publisher: Roadshow

Mon, 8 August 2005

Jamie by: Mugwai

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Director: David.S.Goyer
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Parker Posey, Triple H


The third and final installment (yeah right) of the Blade series is now here on dvd and I'm sorry to report unless you're a hardcore fan you'd be better off spending your casholah on cheap crack and made for television Christian movies. Much was expected after Guillermo del Toro's (Hellboy) fantastic and greatly improved Blade 2 and maybe I expected too much. Reviewers; always wanting more.

Blade and Whistler are back Stateside continuing their depopulation of the bloodsucker species only this time they are slowly losing the war. Despite their best efforts, the vampire clan is growing and becoming more powerful with blood harvesting centres, cloning the vampire genome, high powered Familiars and an ace in the hole. Dracula. Led by Danica Talos (Posey) the vampire nation's final discovery of the first of their kind (now called Drake) along with the set up and capture of Blade are close to fulfilling their plans of human enslavement.

Fortunately the suckheads haven't counted on the Nightstalkers, a young team of vampire hunters led by Whistler's illegitimate daughter Abigail Whistler (Biel) and cured former vampire Hannibal King (Reynolds). Teaming with Blade despite his unwillingness to work with a bunch of rookies, they have a plan to exterminate the vampire race once and for all.

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S Club was down to 3 members.
Oddly enough Blade Trinity directs it's focus on Abigail Whistler and Hannibal King more than Blade himself and I'm not so sure if it's conducive to the movie or the franchise. Whistler herself is not a compelling character selling more on Biel's sex appeal and ass kicking in tight clothes (which I admit aint bad), though Hannibal King's wiseass character is hardly deep, he is entertaining. Parker Posey is also menacing and humorous as Danica, King was Danica's former bloodslave and the dialogue between the two characters is actually hilarious.

Herein actually is one of problems with the film. David.S.Goyer (writer of all three Blade movies) wanted to inject more humour into the series though is doesn't fit with the format, making it way more Hollywood popcorn fare, especially with Blade himself. Lines like "I was born ready motherf*#ker!: and the jive talk just don't play well here. Blade 2 had a subtle form of humour that served the movie well, not detracted from it.

Trinity is also Goyer's first attempt at directing and you wish he had stuck to scriptwriting (sorry but the story is limper than Carson Kressley's wrist) instead of directing. Action is the main component of these films and Goyer's lack of experience shows in these scenes, the sequences are uninspiring and less than impactful compared to most modern action cinematography. As contradictory as this will sound, it's Ryan Reynolds' (looking incredibly buff) witty dialogue as Hannibal King which is the most enjoyable facet of the film. The Danica directed insults such as "horse humping bitch" and "cock juggling thunder c&%t" are brilliant (Reynolds was allowed to improvise his lines).Unfortunately the story itself is sub par, the inclusion of Drake is a weak and laughable concept and in his human form is less than threatening. Wrestling fans will also dig Triple H's appearance and solid performance (look out for backdrop and suplex action).

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Insert joke about the movie "sucking" here
The dvd offers the theatrical version and the director's cut (plus commentaries) for your viewing pleasure (you may receive more pleasure from it than I did), though honestly the director's cut does not add anything that commendable to the experience. The bonus disc on the other hand is jam packed full of goodies for the fanboys, all the usual stuff, behind the scenes, effects, fight choreography, interviews, and Blade history information. Also included is Goyer interviewing himself, contrasting Goyer the writer with Goyer the director, yeah it's a little pretentious, though if you don't enjoy the movie it's doubtful you will be inspired to watch this either.

Unless you want round out your collection (you can now also buy the trilogy in a box set) it's hard to recommend Blade Trinity, sure see it for curiosity's sake but don't expect to be overly impressed or receive any closure on the saga. Instead treat yourself to Guillomere Del Toro's deliciously directed Blade 2.


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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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