Michael Gilio, Actor: Kwik Stop. Michael Gilio is an actor and writer, known for Kwik Stop (), The Raven and Jolene (). by Mike Fleming Jr The script is by Michael Gilio. Bitterroot, which was set up under the title Black Hole (the script video and commercial directors debuting on big features, and Milk is as accomplished as any of them. 4, , 42, BIG HOLE, Michael Gilio, M, Lee, an old, grumpy ex-cowboy, loses $30, to a fraudulent sweepstakes company and sets out to.

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It’s a busy week so I’m going to be taking the day off. Commenter and site regular, Christian Savage, will be taking over the reviewing reins today. And I say “reins” quite literally cause we got ourselves a good ole fashioned Western on our hands. Or a good current day Western on our hands. Or a Western, but set in today’s time, movie, on our hands. You get hkle I’m saying. This is Christian’s first time in the review chair so be nice to him! An michaell cowboy goes on a mission to recover his money after a million dollar sweepstakes scam cleas out his entire bank account.

Big Hole was a very high ranking script on the Black List finishing fourth behind The Beaver, The Oranges, and Butter — all of which were produced.

The situations, characters, and plot may change significantly by the time the film is released. This is not a definitive statement about the project, but rather an analysis of this unique draft as it pertains gilik the craft of screenwriting.

Those are some major setbacks to overcome. At least, the last I heard Gore Verbinski was attached to direct. It begins, as any good story should — with a desperate man at the end of his rope.

Lee has wanted so badly to be the model of a good man, untarnished by regret. But, the faded tapestry of his life has been shorn to pieces, with the twin blades of bad luck and poor judgment. After years of terrible eating habits, he needs to take several pills a day, to fight the effects of heart disease and diabetes.

The medical bills alone swing like a wrecking ball through his savings. His dead wife, Patty, haunts his dreams, leaving him gasping and trembling in the dark. The only day Lee looks forward to anymore is the first of each month, when his tough Indian caretaker, Maya, drives him downtown to get a haircut, buy groceries, and have a meal at the local diner.


Lee is stuck, angry, and longing for a change. So, he fills out a sweepstakes entry form he gets in the mail: You could win a million dollars!

Hey, if it could happen to anyone, why not him? Time passes and he forgets about the contest, until he receives a phone call one night.

In that moment, decades of despair melt away. He cries tears of relief and gratitude. His sudden and unexpected wealth puts Lee in a good mood, so he lets his guard down for the first time in recent memory. He talks to Jeffery about his wife, and the legendary fishing trip he had long ago with his son at Big Hole River. Fishing with his son was the greatest moment of his life, but winning that money is a serious contender. Lee is an intensely private man, so this intimate conversation with a stranger is a rare and touching experience for him.

And, almost as hurtful, Lee revealed his true self to a man who took advantage of that trust. You get to know Lee very well, before he loses control. And the story moves with an almost biblical cadence, measured and graceful. It also pulls a pretty neat trick. You find out who these people are through body language, photographs, the way they avoid talking about certain topics. I will say, though, that this lack of back story does make it a little hard to see why Lee and his son are at odds.

I think I know why. The sheriff knows Lee is going to show up at the bank headquarters to cause trouble.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” — Philip K. Dick

But instead of waiting for him there, he heads onto the plains nearby to question some ranchers who may have seen Lee. As a result, the sheriff misses Lee at the bank and gets caught in the stampede, which he caused himself by turning on his car siren.

That scene feels like it was added more as a set piece for the trailer than to move the story forward. Not to mention, it immediately brings to mind the scene in City Slickers with Billy Crystal and the coffee grinder.

But those are small complaints, since the story as a whole is lovingly crafted. This last theme broke through to me, because it reminds me of my grandfather.


He was a year older than Lee when he died a few years back. He was a WWII veteran and raised a close family. Grandpa was so dapper and charming, like an aging movie star from the golden era. In the early s, he was ibg with pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease acquired from smoking, even though he quit more than michaell years ago. He was still that handsome old man with the puckish smile and eyes that shined. But then, I started seeing him take a breath or two from an oxygen tank. Soon after, he needed to pull that tank around wherever he went.

A few years later, he was so breathless he had to be pushed in a wheelchair every day. I wanted to know the dirty gili of who my grandpa was, a man who lived, fought, cherished, and died on this planet.

I got caught up in my own problems and, without even realizing it, the chance to have a real talk with my grandpa kept slipping further away. My sister called me in a panic one day in late September.

I was so unprepared to see him. His back arched in terror, bed sheets clenched in his fists. The only thing that mattered was the next gulp of air.

Or do anything with him again. It all michaeo back to the title. While he would never admit it, Lee wants nothing more than to return with his son to Big Hole, and recapture what it means to be at peace. I learned a couple things with this one. First, the western movie is a good template to follow, when you write a script in any genre. The plot is clean, bit, and from the gut, which gives you a lot of room to write meaty roles for the A-list.

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The other thing I learned is that every relationship we have has a certain level of importance. Strangers and acquaintances are low level, while giio is high level. If you add one or two intense, high-level relationships to your script, it may elevate what is otherwise a low-concept idea. Posted by Carson Reeves at 6: Newer Post Older Post Home.