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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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2 B Perfectly Honest DVD cover 2B Perfectly Honest. DVD Review

Who names these things?

Publisher: AV Channel

Fri, 12 August 2005

Mark Profile by: Tyz

To be perfectly honest I don't know if this is a film for everyone. It is a quirky little comedy that has some fantastic acting talent behind it, but a story that you have to trust in order for it to grab you. Does it pay off on that trust? That's where opinions will differ greatly.

Before we get into that, let us spare a few words for John Turturro. The first thing I can remember seeing him in was the ridiculous, slapstick comedy Brain Donors, and I have been admiring everything he's done ever since. Films such as Quiz Show, Barton Fink, O' Brother Where Art Thou, not to forget his brilliant performance as Jesus the paedophile bowler in The Big Lebowski, have made him a favourite of the alternative cinema audience. His ability to play real and the surreal characters equally convincingly has been showcased by his frequent appearances in Cohen Brothers' productions – and again in 2 B Perfectly Honest.

2 B Perfectly Honest DVD screenshot 1
Looks like a typical Buttonhole reader
Although not the star of the film (that going to Adam Trese as Frank) John Turturro's character Sal will be the one you will remember with the most fondness. He owns a Chess shop in Manhattan, smokes dope through a hookah while serving at the counter and has a sales technique reminiscent of Randal out of Clerks. His role in the film is to give sagely advice to our hero Frank while he tries to get funding for his new internet business idea. Although not great with the business advice, he does have a great solution to dealing with immoral people – shoot them in the back so they die an immoral death.

Sal is one of the many characters that Frank meets while trying to get his business idea of the ground, all played by a fantastic supporting cast including Michael Badalucco (The Practice) and Aida Turturro (The Sopranos). Unfortunately these great supporting actors tend to over shadow Adam Trese which leaves you wanting more of them, and less of him. The film's plot serves mostly as a frame for the interactions between Frank and a cast of characters that includes a modern day witch, a business man who loves a steam, mysterious investors from the garbage disposal business, and of course Sal.

In a weird series of scenes that seems straight out of The Princess Bride, the film is actually a bedtime story told by a man called Jack to his young son. This is where the film gets a bit too clever for itself and becomes a story within a story within a story. A lack of cohesion in the narrative results in the plot falling down when the twist kicks in, and kind of leaves you wondering just what they hell is going on. A great plot twist makes perfect sense with the rest of the film, but changes your perspective on everything you've seen up to that point – this plot twist is just a bit confusing and silly.

That aside, this is a film worth watching for some impressive performances, and I think with some more experience under his belt Director Randel Cole will produce some great films.

2B Pefectly Honest is due for retail release on DVD on the 21st of September 2005. This DVD is a preview copy, at the time of writing bonus features for the retail version had not been finalised.

by: Tyz

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As I said, not for everyone, but if you'd like to see at least one comedy this year that doesn't star Will Farrel you should check it out.

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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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