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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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Laugh Out Loud DVD Cover Laugh out Loud. DVD Review

Jason's not laughing

Sun, 3 February 2008

Jason Vorhees image by: Jason

"Laugh out loud" it says and it certainly is possible you might laugh. But in the long run that is quite unlikely, as a better title for this DVD would have been "Some of the good bits and some of the crap from Fast forward". Most of the people considering this title would have been in a position to watch the majority of the best bits the first time around on TV fifteen plus years ago, or otherwise caught the almost endless repeats on Austar/Foxtel.

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From this....
Having said that, it's certainly far from not funny and if you can sit through the whole thing without cracking a smile, I'd say you were in urgent need of a sense of humor transplant. But the Australian comedy scene has changed and grown since this material originally aired. If nothing else it serves as a stroll down memory lane and takes you back to the time when mullets were cool, mobile phones were as big as a house brick and Billy Ray Cyrus was considered a talented musician (okay I'm pushing really far with that last one).

While the more topical stuff has lost some of its shine the character based sketches will bring the memories flooding back. You may not be able to immediately recall names like Bob and Sheryl Ugly, Mary Macgregor, Ray Martin (with his baked on crash helmet hair), or the cast of Dumb Street and Peter (pronounced "poiter") just to name a few. Most of these people have gone on to bigger and better things these days , if nothing else this DVD shows you what Eric Bana was doing before he got in to films and where the foundations of Kath and Kim came from.

A common thing to include on DVD's is the out-takes in the extra features. This disk takes a different approach, the bloopers are part of the show and while this is always amusing (something about seeing someone else make a fool of themselves in public I think) it does run very close to being overused here.

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....to this
If its laughs you're after there are some to be found here. You may find more elsewhere, or you may just watch this Fast Forward compilation and piss yourself. It's hard to say as everyone's sense of humor is different. Many of the featured comedians are still about and involved in comedy and or television in some capacity, you could certainly do worse than take a look at where they came from.


by: Jason

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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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