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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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Mantando DVD poster Matando Cabos. DVD Review

Australian Ninja takes on Mexican wrestler

Publisher: AV Channel

Wed, 17 January 2007

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Funny, violent and more than a little bizarre. Put those together and you get the Mexican crime film and black comedy Matando Cabos. The name translates to something like 'Killing Cabos.' Cabos being a wealthy businessman who accidentally knocks himself out stepping on a golf ball, while trying to attack the guy who recently had sex with his daughter

He then gets kidnapped by two sets of two different men. The first two men take him out of fear or retribution, even though they did nothing to Cabos. The second set of men are the 'real' kidnappers, who planned to grab Cabos that same night. Unfortunately for them, while no one was looking the janitor entered the office and stole Mr. Cabos' clothes and exited through the underground carpark. In the dark, the second set of kidnappers mistake the janitor for the real Mr. Cabos. They stuff a bag over his head and load him into the boot.

Meanwhile the first sets of kidnappers have the actual Mr Cabos in their car boot, and decide to call an old friend for help. These opening scenes lay the foundation upon which the nights uncanny events unfold.

As luck would have it, having two men kidnapped in the one night [both of whose heads are covered and are assumed to be the same Mr Cabos] lead to events spiralling out of control and things definitely get weirder than weird as the film progresses.

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His girlfriend made him watch a Simple Life marathon
'A series of unfortunate events' describes this film rather well, the sheer number of surprises and unexpected twists thrown at the viewer keep the plot fresh and interesting. From its commencement until the demise of the film, several characters are doomed - it just remains to be seen how the events will play out.

The accidental kidnappers Jaque and Mudo call on an old friend for help; Reuben a.k.a 'Mascarita.' Reuben is a fixer, or the man to take care of things when someone is in a bind like that dude in Pulp Fiction - who is called in to deal with the bloody corpse in the back of the car.
Reuben was previously a Mexican pro-wrestler known as 'Mascarita.' The film at one point cuts away to an authentic looking documentary sequence on Mascarita. Apparently he became the "most famous wrestler of them all" but his career ended abruptly due to his indulgence in alcohol, women and drugs.

This is followed by a fantastic fantasy sequence showing Reuben in his wrestling kit fighting various people.
After the fight some strange sexy women are standing over him chanting his name, and then he gets into his car and is attacked by a snarling werewolf. The whole sequence is shown in black and white with trippy music and ends with Reuben [Mascarita] in his car realising that he is having some kind of drug related flashback / hallucination. Overall it is one of most hilarious sequences in the film.

Deciding what to do with the body, to kill Cabos and dump the body or just leave him somewhere leads to moral dilemmas. So the two kidnappers and Reuben along with his short psychotic friend Tony 'the cannibal' stop at a bar to drink away their worries and put off deciding what to do with the unconscious body.

Another thing about Reuben is that he loathes being called by his ex-wrestling name. His career ended badly and whenever someone refers to him by his career name - this otherwise calm and friendly man hulks out and kicks major ass - pro wrestling style. During the bar scene this giant of a man take on a half dozen men with ease, beating the living crap out of them, pummelling them mercilessly and destroying half the bar in the process. After the guys leave, Tony stays behind and bites off a mans finger.

At this point things are just kicking off, and I hope you have learned enough to whet your appetite.
There are a heck of a lot of surprises in this film and I really don't want to give them away or as the surprised and twists are integral to the enjoyment of the film.
At first, I really did not know what to think of the film. It was hard to say whether I was 'into' the film. Sometimes you sit passively and could care less what is happening on the screen, other times you totally lose yourself in a film and desperately want to know what will happen.
'Matando Cabos' is in the middle somewhere. Some characters, I did not really care for, while others like Reuben / Mascarita steal the show the way The Rock did as a gay country western singing bodyguard in "Be Cool."

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The Mormons refused to take no for an answer
Overall, this film slowly grew on me from lukewarm to intriguing. It's not laugh out loud funny all the time, but there are a few ingenious belly laughs and Seinfeldesque moments. What I mean is the build up and payoff with multiple stories and characters intertwining. You can see it coming a mile away, but what makes it compelling is seeing just how things play out. The events are never quite like you expect - the film throws so many surprises at you that it stays consistently unpredictable and very entertaining right to the finish.

I recommend Matando Cabas if you like films like Pulp Fiction and Be Cool or just crime movies with witty dialogue, as this film similarly tells a bunch of small stories within a larger story, with parallel events overlapping. The film is clearly influenced by other similar crime films but maintains its own unique style without coming across as lame, or a copycat of other films.

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Funny and very clever. At times bizarre and disturbingly violent. Unpredictable with great plot twists.

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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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