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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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PO GIRL Album Cover Po' Girl - Home To Me. CD Review

Me fail English? That's Un-possible!

Publisher: Shock Records

Fri, 23 March 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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Po Girl, as the name suggests is an all female band. The album 'Home to You' is really laid back, with a down home country style vibe about it. It contains beautiful melodies from some talented ladies, with a strong acoustic guitar presence.

The instruments are an interesting mix. Acoustic guitar, violin, clarinet, banjo, wash-tub bass, harmonica, trumpet, hammond organ, harp. Like I said, a really interesting assortment and how often do you get to hear a harp outside of classical music?

It kind of makes you appreciate the amazing instruments that have been around for thousands of years, and sadly are under-utilised in modern times outside of classical orchestras and movie scores.

Anyhow, the lyrics of 'home to you' with their lyrical elements drawn from living in the south of the United States come together to form a wonderful album. I don't know where the band members actually live, I'm just going by the lyrics.
Songs such as 'skies of grey', 'old mountain line' 'aint life sweet' have a sort or romantic intimacy about them, listening to the album you get the feeling of sitting around in a bar part of a small but intimate audience soaking up the atmosphere, rich with delightfully slow paced beautiful songs.

Many of the albums lyrics have a heartfelt sombre tone to them, like in 'Angels of Grace'

here i am with a half-empty bottle of pain
sittin' down with loneliness upon me again
but if I could find heaven instead of this place
i would leave town with sweet angels of grace

While not as gutsy, or quite as full of emotional angst as Jewel, I recommend Po Girl for fans of Jewel, as their styles are similar and I like both artists. But then I like a bit of everything.

Well, 'home to you' is another review type item that I prejudged with the label of "Oh God, not country music."
Fortunately I was wrong, the album I really enjoyed right from the first time my ears half listened to it, and twenty times later I still enjoyed listening to it. That fact reminds me that although any of us have our preferences in music, there is always exceptions to that - there are things we like even though they fall in a genre we don't typically listen to.
For example - I don't particularly like country music, or rap music. But I like Po Girl and I like Public Enemy. I think it's the same for any music genre when you have an open mind about things, at the end of the day there are a whole heck of a lot of things to enjoy in this world so why not try the aural listening enjoyment that is Po Girl.

You can rock out to the awesome Clarinet solos… well I did, in my favourite song 'Till it's Gone'

by: Australian Ninja

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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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