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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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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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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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Dusty Rhodes DVD box The American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story. DVD Review

The Gimmick gets funky like a monkey

Publisher: Shock

Fri, 23 June 2006

Billy Profile by: The Gimmick

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If I asked the common man here in Australia who Virgil Runnels is, they would more than likely have no idea what I was on about. And if I asked the common man in Australia who Dusty Rhodes is, they probably still wouldn't know what I was on about. But if I asked the common man in USA who Dusty Rhodes is they would immediately recognize and celebrate the name of the man who represented the common man in the world of professional wrestling. Throughout the 70's and 80's Dusty Rhodes was the embodiment of everything that was American and not high class America, he was the working class mans hero coming from nothing and becoming the American Dream. Now S WWE have put together a special 3 DVD set (distributed in Australia by the awesome Shock)to honor the man known all over as - The American Dream: The Dusty Rhodes Story.

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Nice tits
Ok, we start on disc 1 with a 90 odd minute special on the life of Dusty Rhodes, from his humble beginnings as "The Son of a Plumber", right through to becoming the wrestling legend that he is. Rhodes, and others, tell stories about him and Dirty Dick Murdoch (they were partners in the tag team known as the "Texas Outlaws") and their run as one of the toughest and best tag teams in the world at that time (and, some say, of all time).

His incredible status in Florida Championship Wrestling was the place where the American Dream was born, as he went from being a monster heel to the most beloved wrasslin' star in the world. He talks in depth about his move to the World Wide Wrestling Federation and the classic battles he had with then champion "Superstar" Billy Graham.

But it's from his wars over the NWA heavyweight title that many people remember him. He took the title from the great Harley Race and later on Ric Flair. Dusty became one of the most loved and respected champs of all time. The special also discusses in detail his departure from the NWA and his surprising move to the World Wrestling Federation in late 1989. The most poignant section of this is the portion devoted to his on/off/on again relationship with his son Dustin aka: Goldust. Both Dusty and Dustin speak candidly about how their rapport broke down and the eventual coming together of a father and son. Dustin gets extremely emotional during this.

The documentary also talks about Dusty's unique interview style and charisma and how it influenced so many wrestlers that came afterward. It also answers the question as to whether the "polka dots" were a rib or not, and (in a hidden easter egg) we learn were Ted Dibiase's bodyguard Virgil got his name. The extras on this disc are matches spanning from 1973 with Dick Murdoch, and against names like Harley Race, Don Muraco and Terry Funk, through to 1977 with a classic from MSG against Superstar Billy Graham.

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Rhodes vs. Flair - blood, sweat & bleach
Discs 2 & 3 are an old school fans dream with nothing but classic matches from the remainder of his career. Disc 2 has matches from 1977 through to 1988 including memorable encounters against legends such as Stan Stasiak, Tully Blanchard, Ivan Koloff and his title victories over Ric Flair and Harley Race. Plus a special bonus classic against Harley Race - but this one was held at MSG in 1979, rare for an NWA title bout. A true classic! Also on this disc are some of his most famous Tag Team matches. Teaming with the likes of Sting and The Road Warriors they face off against various legendary combinations such as Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard and a special 6 man Tag Team match against The Powers of Pain & Ivan Koloff. Along with the matches there are numerous classic promos and interviews from the man himself from his days in the NWA which need to be seen.

Disc 3 concentrates on his WWE career as we see Tag Team matches with manager Sapphire against "Macho King" Randy Savage and Queen Sherri, Dusty and Dustin squaring off against Ted Dibiase and Virgil and his WWE debut match against Honky Tonk Man. There is also the 1989 Survivor Series elimination match between Dusty Rhodes' team "The Dream Team" taking on The Big Boss Man' team "The Enforcers. Plus his match in ECW against Steve Corino, and a Tag Team match with son Dustin, this time in WCW taking on Ric Flair and Jeff Jarrett from 2001. Again this disc is littered with great promos and interviews and it has all the now famous vignettes aired on WWE TV all about the "Common Man" and all his common jobs. If you haven't seen them, check them out, they are truly unforgettable! There is also the so called shoot interview Dustin did on RAW back in 1997 all about his struggles with the Goldust character and his then sour relationship with dad Dusty.

All in all this is a great DVD for anyone interested in not only Dusty Rhodes, but the industry back in the 70's and 80's. Especially with some of the early matches on the discs, as they have audio commentary done by Dusty himself. My only objection is that it had too many WWE matches on it considering he was only there for a year and a half, as opposed to his 20 something year career as an NWA legend.

Wrestling is real, everything else is fake!

by: The Gimmick

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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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