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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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Road Warriors DVD box Road Warriors. DVD Review

The Life and Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in History

Publisher: Shock

Wed, 17 August 2005

Sammy by: Hillelman

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With the right look, the right gimmick (I'm not referring to THE Gimmick of Buttonhole fame) a high level of charisma and a big enough push, some wrestlers can get over and have a thriving career, even if they aren't technically all that skilled. Hulk Hogan is the most prominent example. Bill Goldberg is another (or he once was, at least). ECW's Sandman is a good contender too. My personal favourites to fit into that category though, are the Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal), also known as the Legion of Doom (L.O.D).

The legendary L.O.D. with their painted faces, crazy haircuts, huge muscular physiques and spiked shoulder pads, would have to be the most instantly recognisable team ever. They're also one of, if not the most successful and popular tag teams in the history of professional wrestling. I loved this fearsome duo as a kid and I've remained a fan to this day. So getting a copy of this DVD dedicated to the Road Warriors made me a pretty happy camper.

This is a two disc set, with 6 hours of footage in total. You get the in depth look at the lives and career of the Road Warriors, and a selection of some of their biggest matches from all the different promotions they wrestled in.

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The Legion of Doom refuse to say cheese.
Hearing how they changed the landscape of wrestling with their look and style and other stories about the duo is information well worth listening to. For enthusiasts like myself, it is particularly cool to finally hear this info firsthand from Animal (Hawk is, sadly, no longer with us), other wrestlers and many of the big names who worked with/against the L.O.D. in their prime.

Some of the wrestling personalities whose comments are included are: Ric Flair, Jim Cornette, Arn Anderson, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Eric Bischoff, Edge and several others. Of course "Precious" Paul Ellering (the Road Warrior's manager, close friend and occasional third tag partner) is featured here in a big way too. I'd heard much of this stuff before, but I didn't mind that at all, especially as this time it was coming straight from the horse's (and Horsemen's) mouths.

One of the more amusing inclusions is something that comes from the mouth of Barry Darsow (a good friend of Animal and Hawk's who was trained with them and broke into the business at the same time they did). Later down the track, Barry wrestled as Smash, of Demolition fame. I laughed out loud at Barry saying that he does not believe Demolition was a Road Warriors rip-off. I think he'd have to be about the only person in the world who would believe that claim. Let's see; spiked leather attire, painted faces, heavy metal entrance music, two big strong guys with one word names (Ax and Smash. And, later on, Crush) who dominate their opponents using a brawling style. Come on Barry, face facts dude! As far as rip-offs go, Demolition was an excellent one, but they were a blatant rip-off just the same. (And they weren't only ones by a long shot. I'm a bit shocked that the Powers of Pain, for one, didn't get a single mention on this DVD).

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It can be embarrassing, when you and a friend accidentally wear the same outfit.
There is no shortage of wrestling action included on the Road Warriors DVD either. It has something like 20 full bouts (I didn't bother counting, so just play along with me). I won't go into too much detail about the matches themselves, as I often do, because there's not a whole lot I could say. The Roadies used a mainly brawling style and most of their matches follow pretty similar patterns.

I will say though, that there are some really excellent choices included here. It is awesome to have such a great mix of footage from the AWA, NWA, WWE, Japan and much more, all on the one collection. Quite a few of them have alternate commentary from Jim Ross and Animal himself; always a welcome thing in my book.

The basic reason the L.O.D. appeal to me, more than most of the other muscle bound stiffs, is that they kick arse very convincingly. There's just something cool about them and watching the way they destroy people! I suppose that's similar to the way some fans loved Goldberg. But to me, when it comes to being a total badass, Bill was never a patch on these dudes

The amount of worth this DVD has is really reliant on how much you care for the Road Warriors, though it can still be interesting for those who are into wrestling, yet not particularly big fans of these guys. For one thing it shows how much title belts, when they are built up properly (as they rarely are these days), can do for wrestlers. The Roadies being the only team in history to have held the AWA, NWA and WWF tag title belts did wonders for their reputations with fans. It also shows that tag team wrestling can be immensely popular when it is booked well, unlike the complete debacle it is in today's WWE.

I consider this yet another of the DVDs the WWE has given us in recent times that absolutely rocks. It covers the Road Warriors in almost every regard, with excellent attention to detail. If you have even a passing interest in the subject, this one is not to be missed. All I can say is, keep 'em coming!

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If you are a Road Warriors fan, here is another outstanding wrestling DVD to add to the collection.

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More Wrestling

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Sammy's Wrestling DVD Double Review Bonanza!
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story. DVD Review

What is the main reason you watch wrestling?
Hoping to see good quality matches
The crazy storylines and/or characters
Blood and violence
The sexy women or men
A combination of any of the above

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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