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End of year wrap
  • More favourite films of this year - this time from Matt and others here:

    Matt Damon: Honestly, I haven't seen any movies this year since my baby was born. I'm actually going to sit down with the Academy screeners and watch everything. But I'll tell you the movie I most want to see: "Borat." I can't wait to laugh.

    Steven Soderbergh: I love "The Departed." I only saw four films this year. But that one was incredible.

    Richard Linklater (director of "Fast Food Nation"): "The Departed." I had to see it twice to really appreciate it. The second time, it really blew me away with how brilliant it was. I cared about the characters the second time around. Scorsese is such a master.

  • Actor Wil Wheaton writes about The Good Shepherd and Matt in his blog:

    I saw The Good Shepherd yesterday, and it's in my top 5 movies of 2006, maybe even in my top 3. In fact, the only movies I think I liked as much were The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine...

    Everything about this movie satisfied me, from the script to the cinematography, to the editing and directing, to every single performance. Matt Damon is brilliant (like he is in everything he does) and I admitted to myself yesterday that I am equally admiring and envious of him and his career. He gets such great opportunities to do such magnificent roles, and he always lives up to the demands of the role. If I thought that I could work my way back into that realm of the industry, where I can compete for roles like that and one day work with actors like Matt Damon, it would almost be worth it to go back to the miserable frustrating and ultimately depressing experience of auditioning several times a week.

  • Eric Roth talks about a deleted sequence in The Good Shepherd here:

    On the back burner, the "Good Shepherd" sequel simmers. Roth has already outlined Chapter 2. There surely will be no shortage of material, judging by all the scenes cut from "The Good Shepherd." The film runs 167 minutes, but Roth's original script ran even longer, with a 20-minute subplot involving a brainwashed agent in the "Manchurian Candidate" vein that will be included in the DVD.

  • A Miami sighting here:

    Nearby at Nobu, Matt Damon tried to escape the paparazzi flash and get to his car, but it was "hell," says our source.
  • 8 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
    TGS was one of the most incredible movies I've seen, and Matt's acting cannot be faulted. His performance is magnificent, very "Ripley" like IMHO.

    I'm really pleased to hear that Matt wants to see "Borat". I do, too, and was a bit embarrassed to admit it. :o)

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: December 31st, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Please share some more thoughts on TGS, if you would like. I'm sure others would love to read your comments.

    The sacrifices when you have a child include not watching any movies for six months?! It's all about priorities, but that must be difficult (not even seeing Greengrass' United 93, presumably).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The film was magnificent. A smart film with twists and turns, brilliant editing, but Matt's understated Edward Wilson made the film for me.

    Wilson moves from a normal, albeit gifted, individual in love with a sweet girl into a middle aged, cold-eyed man dedicated to his country. The brilliance is in Matt's acting - those eyes, warm with love for Laura they turn cold in service to his country, bitter in a loveless marriage - yet he always does what's *expected* of him regardless of his personal feelings - to his wife, his son, his country. In the end he doesn't seem to even HAVE personal feelings. It's this thought in our minds that makes him seem all too human when the eyes flicker and we see rare snippets of warmth, of love denied, of a soul lost.

    Brilliant acting, simply astounding - Matt DESERVES an award for this role.

    I'll go so far as to say that all of the actors/actresses did their jobs well. Each seemed perfect for their role and played their parts with conviction. I felt like I had an inside view, like I was a voyeur, rather than sitting in a movie theatre.

    Rarely do you see a film so well done, in every aspect. I felt like applauding at the end.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Great telling of TGS there, sounds amazing..brilliant. I can not wait till it comes out over here in the U.K so i can watch it! (I think its about Jan/Feb time over here)

    Anyhow thanks for all the updates recently Felicity...been great! Can not wait till next year, to see whats happening about our fave actor.

    Anyhow hope you have a good new year Felicity and also to all my fellow Matt Fans have a good new years aswell!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes i agree with you 100%. i saw the movie and it was everything you said and he does deserve an award.

    Thanks for all of the great information, pictures, and stories. i really appreciate your time and effort that went into this site this year. You do an excellent job!

    Happy New Year to you! and happy new year to my fellow Matt fans!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: December 31st, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I have 3 children and I think there was a period of about 10-15 years that I was lucky to see 1 adult movie a year in the theater. It's hard to explain until you have a child. When you have a babysitter it's usually for some kind of planned event like a party or maybe a play or show or dinner with friends. It seems like a spontaneous decision to see a movie just does not happen.Now I saw a lot of the G and PG movies but that doesn't count. It's even hard to watch DVDs because you never have 2-3 hours of uninterrupted time. There are many sacrifices when you have a child. Make sure you are ready.
    From: jennaz123 Date: January 3rd, 2007 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)

    The Good Shepherd

    My husband and I enjoyed TGS. I was impressed by Matt's power and nuance in what really is a very subtle role, and I'm delighted to read that many critics have recognized his talent. What's brilliant about him is his ability to convey thought and emotion without the use of many words or broad movements. He can accomplish more with a lift of his brow, a tightening of the jaw, or a shift in posture than most actors can with three pages of dialogue.

    Sadly, not everyone can appreciate these kinds of performances. The louder ones seem to get more attention. However, Matt does seem to have the quiet respect of many, which shows in the quality of directors who choose him and in statements such as Wil Wheaton's. The industry knows Matt Damon is a good actor. They may not always give him the nominations, but they trust him with challenging roles.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing him on Inside the Actor's Studio. Quite frankly, he has more to offer than many who have been in that seat, so it's about time for him to be there. Should be fascinating.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt is #2 in The Screen Directory Hot List

    Thought you might like to see this.


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