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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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Brain dead cd Braindead Lovers

Debut EP

Publisher: Shock

Tue, 29 April 2008

Sammy by: Hillelman

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The first time I listened to this debut EP of Melbourne band Braindead Lovers I was so taken with it that I played the CD three more times in a row. This is some of the best rock music I've heard in ages. And, unlike some other Aussie bands I could mention, these guys have a distinctive sound of their own.

Being an EP, there are only five tracks on this bad boy, so I might as well comment on each of them:

Sappers Appetite - Are you shitting me? How awesome should an opening song be? That's right, exactly this awesome. If you want to show off your band, to any quality rock music seeking sucka who might be hearing you for the first time; make your first song sound exactly like Sappers Appetite.

Traffic - So, you had the best opening track possible, what follows that? Maybe you shouldn't raise listener's expectations too high. You need a song that rocks, but sounds more like something this band was into, before they figured out how to do Sappers Appetite. This should stop people from expecting too much. It doesn't suck, but neither does it live up to the standard your first tune suggested.

Another Statistic you are doing too well, so panic and lose all confidence. Keep the band as tight as fuck, but throw everything that made you special out the window. There are two Aussie bands whose sound is not unlike this song and neither of them are as good as you. If they did influence your sound, don't let it happen again. Listen to this track again. It is the least impressive thing you've done, but it could be much worse. You could make more money by doing this again, but with slicker production and an even more catchy (and inane) chorus. Please don't. This song still rocks due to not quite being overly produced. Leave it that way and keep it raw. You played it close, but didn't fail yet.

Gonna Be Your Man - all the doubt is killed here. Holy fuck, this band is for real. I've heard 5 truly great Australian rock 'n' roll bands in the last...I dunno...15 or so years. Braindead Lovers are one of them . Listen to this song and tell me that they are not some kind of amazing. If you would tell me that, you'd be stupid. Or you're a liar. Or...fuck you, silly little cunt.

Always a Devil - If you want to be a killer band, you just have to be a killer band. With your debut, start with a song that seems impossible to follow. Close with a song that makes people think, wow; that song is the best closing song in the history of any song that ever came at the end of something. Now I feel the need to just run on with a whole bunch of words placed in an overly long sentence, in the hopes of distacting people from the fact that, although I just might have looked at least slightly clever when I started this thing, I've now exposed myself as a confused dip shit who rants nonsensically upon realising he has no way of ending his crappy article cleverly, or even cohesively. So...ummm...Always a Devil is an awesome final song for this debut EP from Braindead Lovers.

by: Hillelman

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I just wanted to write one more drunk article with too much swearing, to get it out of my system. In all honesty, I'm extremely impressed by this great debut effort from Braindead Lovers. This is one fine example of Aussie rock 'n' roll done right.

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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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