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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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Toons
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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Toons
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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Boston_Legal_DVD_Cover_Series_Two Boston Legal Series Two. DVD Review

Denny Crane - MY names on the door!

Publisher: 20th Century Fox

Mon, 12 February 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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Boston Legal. Mere words cannot hope to contain the sheer enthusiasm I have for watching this show. Not many shows can successfully combine serious issues, heartfelt drama and amazingly ludicrous comedy into one mega-delicious package.

Boston Legal does it flawlessly. In my mind, this is one of the best new TV shows by far in recent years. I've seen maybe two or three episodes on TV, so watching Season 2 on DVD came as a very welcome surprise.

The show was so enjoyable that I watched episodes back to back for several days. One night I even forfeited a few hours sleep just so I could have time to watch more episodes. Yes, I was up until 2 a.m. or later watching the show. The things I do for Buttonhole. But then look at that mugshot of me up there, clearly not the actions of a sane man.

The show is yet another co-creation of David E. Kelly, known for injecting his considerable creative talents into Ally McBeal, The Practiceand their brethren. Speaking of which, Boston Legal began as a spin off of The Practice with several characters first appearing on that show.

Personally I never liked those shows one bit. As for Boston Legal - it's a legal drama set in Boston about a bunch of kooky lawyer types who seem to break the law as often they defend it. So even if you really are not into crime/law/drama shows - like myself - don't pass up Boston Legal thinking it is more of the same.

On the other hand, if you do like the legal dramas etc Boston Legal is still of significant quality in the characterisation and story department so there is something to like for you too.

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Night terrors, that secretary, it's always SOMETHING with you!
The real reason anyone watches this show is for the characters.
William Shatner in particular hams it up as the ego-centric narcissistic
"Denny Crane - MY NAMES ON THE DOOR!"
He comes across as a seasoned veteran, taking advantage of his ability to take the piss out of himself at every opportunity and over-acting all the way home.

Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt it at her career best, as one of the few 'sane' characters on the show, proving that there's still life and talent from the star of Murphy Brown.

James Spader portrays Alan Shore. The incredibly passionate, highly unconventional lawyer who seems to delight in his ability to piss off his co-workers thus alienating himself further from everybody in the workplace except Denny. While being a close friend of Denny, Alan seems to be following in Denny's footsteps with his increasingly bizarre behaviour.

Season 2 of Boston Legal is a non-stop entertainment extravaganza. Some highlights include; Denny Crane shooting a homeless man with a paint gun, the 'Jibber Jabber' Judge who will not tolerate 'Jibber Jabber' from Alan in his courtroom, Alan and Denny sleeping in bed together due to Alan's 'night terrors', Denny getting married for three hours and cheating on his bride while at the wedding reception, Denny shooting a variety of other people with real guns just for the hell of it, Brad accidentally chopping off a priests fingers with a fire axe, Denise dating a man who pretends to be a cop, and of course the impressive roster of guest stars.

The guest stars are frequent and all give fine performances. Michael J. Fox guests as the dying rich guy who buys his way into experimental Cancer medication.
Tom Selleck, ever the lady killer stars as a charming serial philanderer. Other guests include Wes Craven and Geri Ryan [well known for her role as 'Seven of Nine' in Star Trek: Voyager.]

The humour and events in Boston Legal are so wild and uncontained that you really just never know what is going to happen in any given episode.
The pairing of Shatner and James Spader is just inspired. Together they steal the show with their on screen chemistry and fruity behaviour.

This show just had me in stitches every time I watched an episode.
The episode when Alan and Denny start sleeping together is so damn funny. Just to be clear, Denny and Alan are two very heterosexual men who sleep with many different women. The reason they temporarily share a bed is because of Alan's 'night terrors' that one time almost resulted in Alan walking off the top of a tall building.

The strength of Denny and Alan's' friendship is clear when we seem them sleeping together and openly talking about it in front of others at work. They don't seem to care what people think, delighting in creating still more confusion in the always hectic law office of Crane, Poole and Schmidt.

In another episode, Denny is dancing to music in his office. Alan appears at the door, Denny invites him to join in. Without hesitation Alan responds with "Why not!" and the two semi-waltz together.

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It was the third round of Pocket Billiards and Denny was determined to win at all costs.

While all the characters are well developed, Shatner's Denny Crane steals the show more than any other actor. In addition to being an absolute nut-bar, his wild behaviour leads us down the rabbit hole and then some. His comic timing and well placed lines of meta double speak lend a certain sense of the surreal to the show.
In response to what the neighbours would think of seeing Alan and Denny dressed up as other people dancing together on the balcony:
"Well, if they're regular viewers, they know by now anything goes."

Boston Legal is well deserving of the many, many awards it has received over its two seasons. The quirky stories [somewhat a trademark of David E. Kelly] and morally ambiguous characters come together to bring us a unique show with top-notch acting and paralysing belly laughter.

While I've ranted on about the main two characters - the other characters are all equally interesting. The sub-plot with the Paul Lewiston character sees him confronting his daughter about her re-emerging drug habit. He first sends Brad in to 'spy' on his daughter. The results are not pretty.

This is but one example of the other plot threads amongst the main drama of the central characters working at Crane, Poole and Schmidt.
No matter what I write about this show, there is just too much goodness to cover it all without going on and on, so lets finish here shall we?

After ravenously consuming this season, I am eagerly looking forward to the third season and will definitely buy Season 1 on DVD. If you're smart [like me, the watcher of this DVD in question] then you will consider picking up this excellent show. You'll be glad you did.
"That's Denny Crane - My names on the door!"


by: Australian Ninja

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Toons
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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Toons
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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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