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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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Mystery of the Nile logo Mystery of the Nile at IMAX. Press Release

A fascinating new film set to hit the giant screen!

Sat, 28 October 2006

Sammy by: Hillelman

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Mystery of the Nile sounds to me like an intriguing piece of work. And, as you can see from these pics, it features some beatiful cinematography that seems ideally suited to being viewed on those enormous IMAX screens. Here's the movie's Press Release, so take a gander and see what you think.

The first successful expedition to travel the entire length of the Nile.

Be part of history in the making and embark on an expedition of epic proportions in MacGillivray Freeman Film's adventure, MYSTERY OF THE NILE, opening October 26 at the IMAX Theatre Sydney, rated G.

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For 114 days, a team of explorers led by Pasquale Scaturro and Gordon Brown faced nearly insurmountable challenges as they made their way 3,260 miles down the Blue Nile and Nile rivers. Now audiences can join them to explore the mystique and power of the Blue Nile, which slithers its life-sustaining path from the isolated highlands of Ethiopia to the startling beauty of war-torn Sudan and into modern Egypt.

Traversing three countries in some of the world's remotest regions, the expedition faced deadly crocodiles and hippos; the world's most dangerous whitewater rapids; gunfire from bandits; malaria, and, temperatures topping 120F.

They captured all their experiences for an unforgettable IMAX experience and a truly immersive cinematic adventure.

"What Pasquale and Gordon have accomplished is nothing short of a miracle", explains Director and Producer Greg MacGillivray. "The Blue Nile is known as the Mt Everest of rivers. Many explorers have tried to run the entire Nile, but all have failed."

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MYSTERY OF THE NILE brings the expedition's adventure to life, leaving audiences gripping the side of their seat as they battle the elements. Watch as the crew overcomes fear and frustration, and discover an extraordinary region that abounds in historical, cultural and natural treasures, including remnants of ancient Egypt's advanced civilisation that spanned over 3,000 years.

"The expedition down the Blue Nile and Nile River will fill audiences with awe", says MacGillivray. "Pasquale and his team overcame enormous hurdles to complete their mission. MYSTERY OF THE NILE brings back to the rest of us a very human, very moving story about determination and cooperation, all through the visceral realism of IMAX photography."

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IMAX Ticket prices: Adult $18.00. Child $13.00. Family (2 adults/2 children) $50.00. For information on screening times please call (02) 9281 3300 or log on to For more information on the film, visit

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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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