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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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Phoenixcd Phoenix: Alphabetical

Cd Review

Publisher: Source/Virgin

Sat, 13 November 2004

Sarah Profile by: Madame Hooplah

According to their website (www.wearephoenix.com), French group Phoenix wanted to make a more personal and intimate album than their 2000 debut ‘United’.

Fair enough, I guess that is what’s required for artistic growth and maturation. The lyrical content certainly displays some introspection and inspiration. The thing is-you’re too busy tapping your feet to pay much attention to any of that soul searching.

You might remember Phoenix’s single ‘Too Young’, an aptly youthful sounding sweet pop tune. Remember the gang at the wharf dancing around in their yellow fishing trousers " this may not be the correct term- while a rainbow burst forth from the guitar? Happy Days indeed.

The singles released from Alphabetical have more in common with that sound than the rest of the album. ‘Everything is everything’ starts us off in a similar vein with a catchy, poppy, nonsensical chorus and grooving bass line. Unfortunately the line “can’t understand a word, half of the stuff I’m saying...?serves as a bit of a warning for some unintelligible moments. This doesn’t really detract from Thomas Mars’ charm as a vocalist though; he has a sweet, slightly aloof quality that generally compensates well for a lack of warmth in tone.

‘Run, run, run’ is a hugely enjoyable track. Impossible not to move at least a little while listening to its’ reedy, melodic guitar and infectious beat. The video is a winner too, all dark, angled shots of the band punctuated by coloured beams of light.

‘Love for granted’ brings a change in mood with soft, sensitive acoustic guitar and subtle, bassy keyboards. The vocal melody is the main feature here as he sings “don’t tell me about your lies, don’t tell me about your secrets…? making it sound resigned and poignant.

‘Victim of the crime’ is a bit of a weak track, lacking interest but redeemed by some jazzy percussion at the end provided by Alex Locasso.

‘(You can’t blame it on) Anybody’ has a bleak mood (probably that damned introspection again) and opens with some nasty synthesised vocals, but the chorus has some sing-along value. I’m still wondering if there’s a bit of glockenspiel going on here and whether that would be a good thing or not.

One of the standout tracks is the title track, sounding a bit like a 70’s country tinged ballad delivered without the American macho twang. There’s something to be said for a bit of restraint.

This is a slick, smooth album that I really enjoyed. If Phoenix set out to make a mature, thoughtful album they certainly succeeded. Even the weaker moments are so stylish they’re forgivable. Get your yellow fishing trousers on and have a dance.


by: Madame Hooplah

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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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