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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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Spiderbait Greatest Hits CD Spiderbait: Greatest Hits. CD/DVD Review

Aussie Ninja likes to rock on, in his garage

Publisher: Universal

Thu, 13 April 2006

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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Sometimes money just burns a whole in my pocket. It's at those times that I really think I should tell those damn Smurfs living in the pocket of my jeans to stop lighting campfires.

Occasionally awesome things appear in our lives rather unexpectedly. As I wandered the aisles in Brand X Megastore purchasing some fine DVDs by the name of Deadwood [series one and two] I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. Yes, my peripheral vision noticed an exciting proposition. Not the Aussie Proposition, I mean the Spiderbait - Greatest Hits music CD with bonus DVD. Tempting me forth I handled this curious package chock full of listening goodness. Should I purchase such a thing, should I not?

Should I consider that Astro Boy, Felix the Cat and Sonic the Hedgehog may have been birthed by the same parents, I mean look at their faces and haircuts. But maybe they just followed the trends. Having no idea how many albums Spiderbait have released I really was unsure if I needed this collection. Fortunately years of Triple J listening has given me some insight into the Rockingness of Spiderbait. Putting two and two together I realised math had no real world value for me but 'emotional impulse buy' held some sway. Finally I looked at the price and my Spiderbait-sense started tingling. Twenty big ones, hell I could do almost no wrong getting a music CD with twenty-two tracks and a bonus DVD with twenty-six music videos.
So I bought the thing after much dicking about while in Super Corporate Megastore X.

The Amazing CD:
On the CD we have twenty-two glorious tracks spanning the career of Spiderbait.
One of the things that I love about Spiderbait is they have the ability to make good Rock [with a dash of Punk and Heavy Metal] songs and bubbly Pop songs and mix them into varied and interesting albums.
'Stevie' has the high energy of a young schoolgirl on Cola and sweeps you away with its happy happy joy joy feeling and the catchy lyrics stick in your head all day long.
'On My Way' to me is just a great rock tune. It grabs you with its fantastic beat and simple lyrics. When it's finished you just want to hear it over and over again.
The cover version of 'Black Betty' bounces along at a frenetic pace pretty much guaranteeing you'll be tapping your foot or moving your body in some way to the beat.
'You're Fucken Awesome' is another great track and it wins the award for "Best Song Title.. Ever."
'Four on the Floor' sends me into a frenzy whenever I hear it. Singing along and jumping about like an idiot is compulsory with this one.
'Joyce's Hut' won't harsh your mallow with its zesty melancholic flavour. Mmmm.. Melancholic.
'Run' moves faster than a house cat on speed. If you have heart problems best not to rock out with this one.
'Old Man Sam' will have you cracking open a frothy cold one. I really like this track - it's just kooky and fun - and as Russell Coight would say "Top Stuff"
Special mention should be made of Fazz's favourite track 'Scenester.'

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Mugwai hates this band. Aussie Ninja loves 'em. Different strokes for different folks. I can dig that.
The Spectacular DVD:
I'd be the first to put my hand up and say that I don't really give a toss about music videos.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the clips on the DVD. Most videos seemed to fall into one of three categories. (a) Footage of the band (b) random rapidly changing scenes of everyday things with occasional shots of the band (c) animated videos.
By far I enjoyed the animated ones the most. The clips for the animated videos are so light hearted and fun. I went tingly all over just watching them.
'Ass hugging pants' - this song is so funky that you will need a court order to keep Disco Stu out of your home.
'Outta My Head' features a CGI video with an anime style giant robot and big eyed pilot.
'Glockenpop' and 'Calypso' have cool CGI animated videos also and these two are my favourites by far.
'Spanish Galleon' is filmed like it was a western movie, its pretty sweet to watch.
'Old Man Sam' this video contains Beer, Burnouts and Footy - 'Nuff said.
'Run' is my overall favourite. I guess you could call it an homage to "The Goodies." TV show. Great fun to watch.
'Shazam' has Monty Python style animation with psychedelic kaleidoscope backgrounds. Probably the most unique video clip of the lot.


The Sensational Book:
Okay it's not really a book.
You got excited for a bit though, didn't you? The booklet / insert lists all songs and their lyrics. It also has little written comments about each track by the band members. I didn't notice them at first within all the small text. Throughout the whole book is a continuing line of small graphics, pictures of the band and the various cartoon characters that feature in the music videos and album covers. The layout style of the art impressed me as I got to see all those little toon bits in one book.

The whole package [CD, DVD, and Booklet] just says 'quality.' The songs are fun to listen to, the music videos to watch and the lyrics book is stylish. Overall the presentation and quality of this product is wonderful and I wish more bands had collections released as good as this one.

I know this product was released a while back, but I felt compelled to let other Buttonhole readers and contributors know about it. Whether you are totally into Spiderbait, or just a casual fan such as myself, "Spiderbait - Greatest Hits" is a fantastic package at a bargain price. I am so glad I picked it up.


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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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