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Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)
Published in Hardcover by Wiley-Interscience (2000)
Authors: Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, and David G. Stork
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Very well written
I enjoyed this informative book on Matt Damon. He is a talented actor (not to mention good looking), and I've always loved watching his movies.

"I LOVED him before, but now.....I can't explain it!!!"
I've been "in love" with Matt, if I can call him that... ever since I first saw him and watched his first movie. He is truly gorges, talented, and brillant!!!!!!! I just want to thank him in this liture for being the most beauitful, talented and GORGES person I've ever seen, heard, read, or watched before!!!

Oh, My Matt!
I think Matt Damon is a great influence on young adults. Any one who can write like him, act like him, and be so all together charming has my vote! Yeah, Leo's cute, but his head is way up in the clouds! And he can't write like Matt!! I loved this book, I also bought Golden Boy;a biography and Matt Damon and Ben Affleck;on and off screen I recomend them all!!

Matt Damon (Scene, 3)
Published in Paperback by Aladdin Library (1998)
Authors: Kieran Scott and Weiss
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Informative, quick, guide about Matty!
Each page was filled with bits of information about Matt or one of his gorgeous pictures.

Good Will Hunting: A Screenplay
Published in Paperback by Miramax (1997)
Authors: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Gus Van Sant, and Gus Van Sant
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Finally, a movie worth the price of admission.
Good Will Hunting is not only the best screenplay of the year, it is one of the best in the last ten years. Most movies these days are not worth the price of admission. So I see them when they come to a discount theatre. Even cheap night at the video stores yields nothing but a bunch of meaningless stories which do nothing more than shock your retina with fast paced images. I stare vacantly at the screen, unmoved, uninvolved. Damon and Afleck have written a brilliant story which does what most working screenwriters only wish they could do. I cared about the characters and I was concerned about the outcome. I was rooting for them, hoping that goodness and happiness would come their way.

It is entertaining throughout. And yes it made me shed tears. Twice! The scenes are peppered with short speeches that are so natural and realistic that you will be tempted to think that it must have been easy to write this stuff. No wisecracking James Bond here, folks. Meaningfull and realistic dialogue. The writers took a chance that there is an audience out there for a well crafted and moving story. This is a story. Did you get that? I said, "a STORY!". I'm not talking about a plot that unfolds like three acts all tied up into a neat little package, like butter on your popcorn. This isn't just devices and tricks. It is a story! You will remember the dialogue because you have heard it before. In real life. People actually talk this way regardless of the Bostonian accents. And where did they get this mathematical information. I don't know, it's either made up or well researched.

It doesn't get any better than this, folks. If you have a heart, it will be cracked when you listen to what these characters have to say to each other. Yeah, you will care. Check it out. You'll actually give a damn, Scarlett.

Damon and Affleck score high with Good Will Hunting
Having read all the reviews and endless adulation for this film, it's easy to see why the screenplay for Good Will Hunting snatched up an Oscar last year for Best Original Screenplay. Damon and Affleck have crafted an intelligent story that speaks volumes of humanity in the dialogue and character relationships. Characters are three-dimensional, flawed and compelling, forcing the audience to actually CARE what happens to them.

The major strength of the script is the finely-crafted monologues that Damon and Affleck give their characters: i.e. Shawn's speech to Will in Boston park is simply beautifal. Then there's Will's speech to the NSA agents which combines humour and observation in one neat little package.

The actor's performances stem from the sheer amount of subtext handed to them by Damon and Affleck in their script. Primarily, Will's path goes from frightened loud-mouth to assured and confident young man through his counseling sessions with Sean. These scenes are a joy to read as Will and Sean draw closer together by burying to the root of Will's struggle and for Sean to overcome past tragedies. Robin Williams at first seems like an odd choice for the role of Sean, but, for anyone who's seen DEAD POET'S SOCIETY will understand, approaches his role with vigour, inflecting Sean with wisdom, quiet solidarity and subtly conveys Sean's pain and anguish from a life of struggle.

Also, Affleck gets a great speech near the end of the story when Chuckie tells Will to accept his gift and to follow his heart and to stop denying himself in the eyes of others, because he has something that not many people have.

The script is also laced with some wonderful photographs from the film, which chart the progress of the story in pictures, and also includes a superb introduction from the film's director Gus Van Sant. The story is warm, deeply emotional and human, containing brilliant flashes of wit, pathos, observation and self-doubt, and I have no doubt that from this, Damon and Affleck will continue to rise and rise. Good Will Hunting reminds us that movies don't have to be about exploding asteroids, sinking ships or gratuitous car chases, they can be about the explorarion of the human condition, where the guay gets the girl and has all the answers.

Original Writing.
It is not difficult to understand why this screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. There are only so many stories to be told; the difference is how those stories are told. In a land where movies about old television shows are considered original, Hollywood is desperate for anything that looks even remotely new. The tale that Damon & Affleck (with some help from Goldman) tell is not a new one. However, it is the way they tell it that makes this story so fascinating. The characters are fleshed out, not cardboard cut-outs. The words you read actually make you care about the characters, thinking of them as real people.

Ah, the words. That's what makes this script so original. If Will, Chuckie, Sean and the rest of the clan were not so eloquent, this would just be another run of the mill buddy/romance/coming-of-age flick that just happens to star Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Robin Williams. Most people remember at least one of the wonderfully written monologues from this film, such as Will's interview with NSA or Chuckie's speech to Will about using his gift. However, the normal every day-to-day speech between the characters is written just as poetically.

Words are powerful, something we seem to forget in our modern American society. If nothing else, this screenplay is worth looking at just to refresh one's memory of how moving words can be.

A great screenplay to companion a great movie.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck: On and Off Screen
Published in Mass Market Paperback by HarperCollins (1998)
Authors: Sheryl Altman and Sheryl Berk
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It was OK
The book had some interesting stuff, but nothing that I didn't know before. It also talked to much abour other people like Robin Williams and Gywneth Paltrow. The pictures were the best part.

Had interesting facts, but wasn't focused on just them.
I love Ben Affleck, so i thought this book was good. But it had things in it that had nothing to do Ben Affleck or Matt Damon.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Published in Paperback by Anchor Books (29 October, 2002)
Authors: Sijie Dai and Ina Rilke
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It's about Ben too! The most interesting aspect of Matt is his childhood, what makes him tick. This book has lots of stuff about Boston and Matt as a little kid. I like it because it's about Ben too. They really are best friends. They've known each other for a long time. People think that Matt and Ben got famous overnight, but they didn't really. They worked really hard and deserve everything that they've accomplished. It wasn't fate or anything like that. They lived on Spam and top ramen for a long time like anybody else. After I read this book I felt like I got to know Matt better as a person instead of just the hotty that he is.

Golden Boy: The Matt Damon Story
Published in Paperback by Ballantine Books (1998)
Author: Kristen Busch
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I thought, gosh! Matt Damon is one of the hottest guys in the world. No...No...No...Lets make that he's one of the hottest on the top 10 and I think his name on the list would be #1. Matt Damon is also a talented young actor. Saving Private Ryan is coming out in June or July. Check it out!

Damon: A true golden boy
The title does not lie--Matt sure is one golden boy. I can sum that guy up with three letters: H O T. If he's what's selling, I'm buying. My only dilemma is choosing my favorite of the films he starred in. I suppose it's a toss up between The Rainmaker and Good Will Hunting.

Love that Matt
This book did Matt justice. He's beautiful, talented and this book was great even if you don't like MAtt.

Essential Orlando (Passport's Essential Travel Guides)
Published in Paperback by McGraw Hill - NTC (1998)
Authors: Emma Stanford and NTC Publishing Group
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Photographs of the famous..Oh yes and some tattoos.
I was disappointed when I received this book. The title is very deceitful. What the book really showed was posed photographs of rock stars and actors. What was not shown were detailed photographs of tattoos, nor was there really any explanation or narrative about the individual photograph itself. The book is weak and definately not for someone interested in tattoos. However, if your interested in photographs of a few famous people, you should buy the book.

very disappointing
I was totally psyched about this book when I first heard about it months ago,so I was keenly disappointed to find out that it's not at all what I thought it would be-see,since it's from the publishers of Rolling Stone I assumed it would feature photographs that have appeared in RS,by photographers like Mark Seliger and David LaChapelle...NOPE,the portaits you'll find in this book are ones you've seen a million times,in countless publications.The WORST thing about this book,the thing that really annoyed me,was how pathetically underrepresented WOMEN are.There are only a few women in the entire book,and the pictures aren't even good.A few of the portraits of male musicians are okay,which is why I gave this 2 stars rather than 1.But on the whole I wouldn't recommend buying this book.

Beautiful Photography of American Culture
If you don't like tatoos, get this book for the wonderful photography. It portrays celebrities in their best light. It also features quotes about how each person feels about their tatoo and the reasoning and personal memories behind it. Tatoos are a growing part of American Culture, and it seems now that the peolple that are unique, are the ones that are un-inked. This a great and fun coffee-table book, and also makes an amazing gift.

Matt Damon
Published in Mass Market Paperback by St Martins Mass Market Paper (1998)
Author: Kathleen Tracy
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Not Enough Information
I bought this book for the sole purpose of learning what I can do as an actor to mimic Damon's success and what does this book tell me? Absolutely nothing.

Cool book...if ya wanna learn about Matt.
This book combined every fact known to the "been around awhile" fan, but..would be a terrific read for someone that isn't too familiar with Matt, but would like to learn. Great pics inside & tons of cool quotes. I dug the book, but wish it'd have had a little more "exclusive" info.

Fresh Air's Summer Flicks 2002
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