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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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Ric Flair & Four Horseman DVD Cover Ric Flair and The Four Horsemen. Wrestling DVD Review

This Nature Boy's got more Chops than your butcher

Publisher: Shock

Mon, 21 May 2007

Billy Profile by: The Gimmick

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Long before factions like Degeneration-X, nWo, The Hart Foundation and even the great Los Boricuas were kicking ass and striving to be the best, there was a group of men who had been there already and done it all. A group of men who lived their gimmick (in a good way, not like Goldberg) and made you proud to be a wrestling fan, whether you liked them or not. I'm talking about the Four Horsemen and no matter which incarnation was around (some clearly better than others) the aura of the Horsemen was lucid. Now WWE with Shock have released a two disc DVD entitled "Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen" which, if only for the history lessons alone, should be in every wrestling fans library.

Ric Flair & Four Horseman DVD Screen 1
Yo Ric how come our photo is in black and white? "Because boys The Nature Boy has it all, style and profile!"
Here is a quick run down of what the Horsemen were all about. It began in 1985 in the NWA with Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Ole & Arn Anderson and JJ Dillon joining forces for the same goal; success!

Thinking as individuals but working collectively, that process is what separated the Horsemen from other factions, including the many that would later follow in their footsteps, or try to copy their success. The various Horsemen were in a league of their own.

The first disc has an awesome documentary on the history of the Horsemen and tracks the movements that went on (in front and behind the camera) and also covers the different members that came and went over the years. We hear about the wars the Horsemen had with Dusty Rhodes and how the group fell apart when Tully, Arn & Dillon left for the WWE in the late 80's. The replacements that didn't live up to expectations are noted and there is a little insight into the now infamous stabbing between Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious.

There is also an unexpected few words with former member Paul Roma and his apparent dislike for both Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. Watch for Triple H as he verbally comes to his idols rescue and attacks Paul Roma for what he had to say. He makes it look like Flair can't stand up for himself - Helmsley just had to stick his big nose into it. Anyway it concludes with the final line-up in WCW, their battles with the nWo and Flair's rocky relationship with Eric Bischoff. It's a great doco but there are also some extras on this collection with stories from the Horsemen and footage of the Horsemen's notorious attack on Dusty Rhodes in the parking lot.

Ric Flair & Four Horseman DVD Screen 2
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Ok, onto disc two and this is where the highlights are with three hours of non stop action. Here is a list of the great stand out matches included in this collection:

1. Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard & Ric Flair Vs Pez Whatley, The Italian Stallion & Rocky King from NWA TV 1985
2. Ric Flair Vs Ricky Morton in a steel cage from The Great American Bash 1986
3. Tully Blanchard Vs Dusty Rhodes in a first blood match from Starrcade 1986
4. The 4 Horsemen Vs Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, Lex Luger & Paul Ellering from War Games 1988

5. Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson Vs Nikita Kolloff & Sting from The Great American Bash 1988 (I think this was Tully & Arn's last match before jumping to WWE)
6. Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson Vs Barry Windham & Lex Luger from Clash of the Champions 1988
7. Arn Anderson Vs Ric Flair from Fall Brawl 1995

Also on disc two are a bunch of classic interviews by the Horsemen from the early days, through to the latter days including Flair's emotional return to WCW, his verbal bashing of Eric Bischoff and the firing of Sting from the Horsemen back in 1990.

All in all it is a great wrestling DVD set. But for such an important group in wrestling history, two discs are nowhere near enough of a celebration. The seven matches included are great (especially Flair Vs Morton). But the Horsemen were around for so long, and had enough good matches that Uncle Vince / WWE could've added another one or two discs to it and made it really special. Instead it's only great.

Wrestling is real, everything else is fake!


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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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