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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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The Best Of Fabienne Delsol & The Bristols CD The Best Of Fabienne Delsol & The Bristols. CD Review

Aussie Ninja sings along without knowing the words

Publisher: Shock Records

Fri, 17 November 2006

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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You are walking backwards through time; suddenly you are entranced by a mysterious sound. A strange man looks at you knowingly. A repetitive beat has you within its thrall - when you realise you have entered...The Bristols Zone

Ah, time for another merry old Buttonhole music review.
This fine album comes to us courtesy of the shocking people at Shock.The good thing about reviewing the odd music CD for planet Buttonhole is that I get to hear music I would not normally listen to. Some of it is fantastic stuff and this 'Fabienne Delsol and The Bristols' CD is by far my favourite review album. I guess I say that about a lot of things, because I like so many films/music/games etc - but honestly this album is just smashing, baby. Play it loud or don't play it all.

So who are these Bristols and what are they about then? Good question. I don't know the answer, so go ask somebody else. Oh okay then, if you really must pry - "Oh I must" - I hear you reply in your best Gene Wilder voice.
The Bristols are /were a London based band that released two albums, one in 1998, another in 2000 along with various singles. The PR tells us that:

"The majority of their songs were interpretations of classic 60's pop/beat records plus a few original compositions penned in that style.
This compilation features tracks from both albums as well as hard to find singles all of which have been remastered. [For this collection]"

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Guess which one of them is Fabienne
The songs are mostly short with more than enough fast paced groove to get you going. To me it's the kind of music that would be right at home in an Austin Powers film.

It is funny I thought that, because one of the artists on another 60's related album I reviewed, Under The Covers, actually did have some songs in the Austin Powers films.

But I'm digressing, what matters is that the unique sound of The Bristols music really gets into your mind and refuses to leave. Frequently after listening I found myself involuntarily tapping my foot to the non-existent music, or humming a tune from one of the songs. Along with that came my usual "I know we'll still.. something something, da dada da" singing.

Favourite songs on this collection? I could cheat and just say all of them, but the ones I really dug were:
Questions I Can't Answer, Our Love Will Still Be There, and I'll Be Gone Again.

As much as I'd like to throw in some lyrics from these tracks, it was too hard to get the wording right, and I had no luck finding the lyrics online. Oh well. Mostly the songs are singing about love - some guy, some girl and that sort of thing. Where the lyrics differ from the usual is in the creative use of descriptive words that evoke lucid imagery in the mind of the listener.

The Best of Fabienne Delsol and the Bristols is music that I would happily pay for, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Unless maybe I turned up at your door with the CD in my hand and flung at it at you, like a deadly ninja shuriken. Or perhaps a frisbee style throw. I'm open to possibilities on this one, but don't take all day to decide, I'm a busy crustacean.

Anyhow, this is top stuff. The entrancing voice of Fabienne Delsol is like nectar to your ears.

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Where are you most likely to get information about your favourite music?
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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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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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