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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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Wrestling managers DVD box The World's Greatest Wrestling Managers. DVD Review

Killer App stands at ringside with a steel cane

Publisher: Shock

Wed, 5 July 2006

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Here's my first review for Buttonhole and I'm as excited as Jerry Lawler at a child care centre! I get to write about wrestling and other things I love (and at last somebody might even listen)! Another of my goals in life has been reached. The only one left is to star in an episode of "Home and Away" as the flamin' mongrel who kills Alf.

Anyone that has been into wrestling for ages can tell you that the sport(s entertainment) is always changing. Sometimes for the better, other times for the worse. One of the things that used to be a vital part of wrestling, but you don't see much these days, is managers. Back in the olden days when I was just a little fella, wrestling managers were always a big part of the show. Guys like Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Jimmy Hart and Mr Fuji would lead their men to the ring and usually interfere in the match to help them get a victory (which the ref would never notice, because we all know wrestling referees are about as smart as Essendon supporters... sorry Sammy!). Sammy's note: Kicking a dude when he's down, how low can you get?!

Wrestling managers were usually very entertaining and could give great promos. One of their main roles was to be the "mouthpiece" for wrestlers who weren't so good at doing interviews. They could also add instant credibility for the guys they took under their wing; like anyone who joined the Brain's evil "Heenan Family" stable was instantly considered to be a threatening bad guy...except maybe the Brooklyn Brawler.

Wrestling managers DVD pic 1 (Mr Fuji)
Mr. Fuji = Legend
There are a few managers going around at the moment, like The Great Kali's little mate Daivari on Smackdown and the awesomeness of Armando Alejandro Estrrrrrrrrrrrrada on Raw, but it is nothing like it was back in the day. This here DVD, called World's Greatest Wrestling Managers, takes a look at some of the best managers ever, back when these men and women were a really big deal. Here's who is listed on the back of the DVD: Captain Lou Albano, Paul Bearer, "Classy" Freddie Blassie, Jim Cornette, Miss Elizabeth, Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan, Paul Heyman, Sensational Sherri, Arnold Skaaland, Sunny and The Grand Wizard.

There's a little bio on each of them, as well as various wrestlers (and some of the actual managers themselves) discussing what it takes to be a wrestling manager. The video of these legendary managers in their prime that plays throughout is fun to watch and a great trip down memory lane. The information is not very in depth though, so it is only really useful for younger or new wrestling fans that don't already know what made these managers great. Most the WWE DVDs that come out now have heaps of information and footage on them, but this one doesn't. What's on here is mostly good, there just is not enough of it. The running time listed on the case is 180 minutes and, with so many different people to talk about, that's not really enough time. Also, the DVD's "presenter", Todd Grisham is a total dickhead who should be shot. Sorry, but he really drives me up the wall.

There's some bonus footage on the DVD, like several manager promos and one of Bobby Heenan's "weasel suit matches" against Greg Gagne. Everyone really should check out the crazy "Fuji Vice" thing (starring Mr Fuji and Don Muraco) at least once in their life too. But there's really not much else to see. It seems like a bit of a wasted opportunity because there's so much more good stuff from all those managers that could have been included. Maybe they don't want to remind people how good managers used to be and that wrestling was better off with them around.

There's a real art to being a good wrestling manager and I am just one more long time wrestling fan that misses having them, so this DVD is a bit disappointing. They could have made something really awesome with the subject; a two or three disc set that really went into things in detail and was packed with all kinds of great footage. With The World's Greatest Wrestling Managers it seems like they've done the bare minimum and rushed it all together. It is like watching an episode of "Skithouse" - if you're lucky, you might laugh once or twice, but at the end you wonder why they bothered, if that was the best they could do. Unlike Skithouse though, Greatest Wrestling Managers is actually pretty good while it lasts and worth watching through once or twice, but there's not enough content for it to be worth buying. Renting it would be the best way to go.

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The Worlds Greatest Wrestling Managers is fun, but it could have been so much better. Not the usual extensive WWE DVD. Fans should rent it.

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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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