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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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Southern Culture on the Skids Music CD Cover Southern Culture on the Skids - Double Wide and Live

Get ready to put your coonskin cap on

Publisher: Shock

Sat, 7 July 2007

Aussie_N6 by: Australian Ninja

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Welcome to another music review of a thing, where I'm sure not quite what the thing in question is. This one is from Southern Culture on the Skids. But another name for this band could have been "Those damn hillbillies" or alternatively "People who kind of remind you of the B-52s." With lyrics such as "You don't have sex in a hurricane" and song titles along the lines of; Dirt Track Date, Cheap Motels, Whole Lotta Things and Liquored Up - you'd be forgiven for not taking the band too seriously.

Most of the time, rednecks singing about some junk doesn't much appeal to me. So this album sat on the top of my review pile for quite a while. It shuffled itself down to the bottom of the pile and back to the top a few times.
Don't ask me how it shuffled itself around, there were no noticeable limbs or wheels attached to the CD cover, but then again you never know what those tricky hillbillies may have invented while nobody was watching.

Other exciting review music, games and anime stopped in for a visit from time to time, then left for greener pastures on the humble Buttonhole front page.
Finally - with my breath held - and my bravery at an all time high; I dared to listen to those damn hillbilly rockers. The music (in a rather anticlimactic fashion) turned out to be alright, the lyrics were clever; the music was fun. The album was as enjoyable as jumbo-sized popcorn at the cinema. You know, sometimes those dang 'ol hillbillies stop their crazy jibber-jabber just long enough to create a snazzy tune or two, perhaps inspiring us - in that unique and loveable gap-toothed kind of way - to bring down the cultural barriers, uniting hillbilly and non-hillbilly alike for a rocking good time.

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Y'all come back now you hear!
The music kind of sounds coming out of this here album when it you spin it really fast and apply a lazy beam to it, show influences from blues, country and rock n' roll in that distinctly recognisable southern (USA) way.

The hooting and a hollering you hear in the background audience is the kind of noise you might hear in a New Orleans Mardi Gras crowd. So Southern Culture must be doing something right, to get their fans so riled up and into the music. Then again, maybe they just hand out free booze.

One of the tracks sounds a lot like that piece of theme music everyone knows from Pulp Fiction - I guess it's the kind of guitar they use - it pretty much rocks out with strong guitar solos and made me want to watch the film.
Another track sounds very Pretenders-ish, in a good way and is easily my favourite song on the album. It was kind of strange really, considering how different it was from the rest of the music.

Truthfully I don't know how much of the whole hillbilly thing is genuine and how much is just part of the bands image. They are real southerners though and while I wouldn't run to put this CD on in a hurry, I have to admit it I enjoy it in small doses. At this point in the review thing where I should have some kind of insightful comments, I'm left wondering how big the audience for this kind of music is in Australia. I guess the audience does exist though, and while this album is not for everyone - I'm glad to see some musical diversity that differs from the tired stereotypical releases seen in music stores

So the album rocks, buy does it rock for thee? Only you can answer that question my friend. If you're planning some sort of Rockabilly hoe-down in the near future, this would be the perfect album for that kind of bizarreness. Just picture yourself in a cage, beer bottles a smashing in that raw-hide bar scene from the Blues Brothers and you'll know what I'm talking about.

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I tell you what fellas, those damn hillbillies better not be fooling with my propane or propane accessories, or somebody is gonna get their ass kicked!

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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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