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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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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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Minus 5 CD The Minus 5. CD Review

Aussie Ninja subtracts 1 more than 4

Publisher: Shock Records

Thu, 13 July 2006

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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"Everybody's talking about the new sound
funny, but it's still rock n' roll to me."

As far as review CDs go, this is one that I have really enjoyed. The Minus 5 [golden gun album] as a band - have great energy in their songs. When I listen to their album I am reminded of 60s music. Not so much in style, but the feel of it. Even the songs that go on about guns are very 'happy' feeling songs.

My first impressions of the album reminded me of The Beatles. First, this band is not really similar to them; I'm just saying they reminded of them. Why? Well The Minus 5 have the ability to crank out short peppy songs with a fun beat that you feel like singing along to. Short, fun, chock full of peppy goodness. Pop songs. That's why they reminded me of The Beatles. Plus the lead singer sounds like he's from the region John Lennon came from. Whether he is or not, I don't know.

Some albums for me, they have a real sweetness to them.
When I'm really into an album there will be the honeymoon period, where I listen to it every day for a week or two. Then after that it becomes a regular, shuffled around amongst my other music. It becomes integrated with my music collection and life goes on - ob la de, ob la da.
Well, The minus 5 album I've listened to whenever I can since receiving it for review. Granted I didn't play it as much as some of my all time favourites like Nirvana Unplugged but this album got a heck of a lot of plays in a short time period. One song I particularly enjoyed was called 'Cigarettes Coffee And Booze'
"All you really need are cigarettes, coffee and booze." It's a good song, but they forgot oxygen.

Listening to this music, I feel energised. And if you're feeling down, then you won't be for much longer after listening to this album. Is not music the blending of harmonious sounds that are pleasing to the ear? And does not all good music leave us feeling good for one reason or another? Okay, this is a review - not another episode of Kwai Chang Kane's Barefoot Adventures. But this album did leave me refreshed, feeling good.

For example as I wrote this review I tried to make some phone calls each of which infuriated me and I basically got dicked about when I asked for help from the person I was speaking to. [Does Aussie Ninja have an anger problem... maybe he does kids, maybe he does]. But afterward as I listened to the music, and typed some more the rageahol dissipated and I felt more mellow. The sensational Buttonhole audience doesn't really need to know that - except that when I listen to music - Damn It Jim, I want to feel good 99% of the time.

The other 1% of the time is for when you listen to Radiohead or Leonard Cohen. If we listened to these talented performers the majority of the time we'd all be on anti-depressants I tell you.

The minus 5. They are pretty good. And they are not shit at all. I listened to them a lot. They made me type short sentences. In honour of their short songs.
Sometimes after I've reviewed a product it will go on to a friend for their enjoyment - which means I didn't want to keep it for myself. The Minus 5 CD won't be going anywhere, no sir they'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands. Wait a minute, statue of liberty? You maniacs, you blew it up! Damn you, damn you to hell!

Special mention should be made to the album cover/ jacket design. The gatefold cover depicts a golden gun on a black background that looks really cool. Printed on the inside of the fold out cover are the lyrics.
Under the CD - the centre of the cover - is a picture of a skull with a knife sticking in one eye socket and a six-shooter gun in the other eye. The back cover has a mock Bible; open to the page with song titles and band credits.

Yes sir, I liked it. Recommended for fans of rock and roll. Also for people that like stuff. People like you, your mate and that guy in the corner with the pocket lint in his mouth.

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Short feel-good songs full of energy. Time to totally flip out with cool guns while we rock and roll.

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Po' Girl - Home To Me. CD Review
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Where are you most likely to get information about your favourite music?
The internet
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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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