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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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Mick Foley Greatest Hits and Misses DVD Cover Mick Foley: Hits & Misses - The Hardcore Edition. DVD Review

Gimmick? He's Hardcore.

Publisher: Shock

Sun, 29 April 2007

Billy Profile by: The Gimmick

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Some time ago I reviewed the DVD entitled Mick Foley: Greatest Hits & Misses. For those who haven't read it or maybe want refreshment here it is.

WWE through Shock have re-released that particular two disc DVD set, added a third disc and re-titled it The Hardcore Edition. The first two discs are exactly the same as before but the third is a bonus showcasing Foley's four best matches since returning to WWE after his extended sabbatical.

Let's be realistic here, it's a cheap plug for Mick's new book entitled "The Hardcore Diaries." But that's not to say it's not an entertaining release, because it is and one of the main reasons why this disc is so entertaining is that there is bonus commentary on every single match with Foley himself, and the best commentator ever (in my opinion), Joey Styles.

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Sure mate, throw another Foley on the barby!
There may only be four matches on the extra disc but that being said, those four matches are brutal encounters.
The first such encounter is his first singles match back after retiring some four years earlier. It's the 'Legend vs. Legend' Killer match from Backlash 2004 in Edmonton, Canada against Randy Orton.

This match is a modern day Hardcore Classic. It may interest some of you to know that Mick himself states on the commentary that this match is his favorite of all time.
Big wraps, but to find out why you'll have to check it out yourselves!

Onto match number two - his greatest Wrestlemania match to date - as he battles Edge in a hardcore match from Wrestlemania 22.
There is some great insight into his build up and preparation going into this encounter when you listen to the special commentary. That in turn makes you enjoy the match even more - well I know I did!

Match number three is a tag-team match up. The match becomes an impromptu six person tag match from ECW One Night Stand 2006 between Foley, Edge & Lita battling Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk & Beulah.
This was an exceptionally brutal encounter. The commentary again tells you about why Foley wanted this to be a great match, and also shows how much respect he has for Terry Funk. Of course he won't reveal everything, because he wants you to buy his book. However the information he does part with is extremely interesting.


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"Dear Diary, Eric Biscoff still sucks and I think I lost another tooth in Edge's hair."
Now it's onto the fourth and final match of this bonus disc. The "I Quit" match from Summer Slam 2006 against arch nemesis; Ric Flair.

Anyone who doesn't think Flair can go hardcore needs to check this one out, but again it's the commentary that makes this so fascinating. Foley talks about the fact that he was disappointed in the match and blames himself for it and why.

So that's the end of that chapter - a short bonus DVD with only four matches on it but they are worthwhile matches to have in your WWE library.
Remember that if you pickup this DVD you still get the other two discs. If you don't already own it - then it's a no-brainer. For those who do have it - it just matters how much you really want that third disc

In my opinion Foley: Greatest Hits and Misses is still one of the top three Wrestling DVD releases of all time and that special bonus commentary really helps make this set an excellent release.

All up you have the previous release, the new added matches and the secondary commentary on those four matches with Joey Styles.
Oh by the way, if you want to listen to Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler during the matches you still can but why bother?

Wrestling is real, everything else is fake!


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Foley is good. Get this DVD and you'll "Have a nice day!"

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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
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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Toons
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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