The Valero Verdict: The Lodge, The Swing of Things, and Becky

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, The Swing of Things, Becky, and The Lodge .

The Swing of Things

A groom-to-be accidentally books his destination wedding and honeymoon at a swingers resort in Jamaica.

The film was like a softcore porno, and I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I rented this, but what ended up happening was not it.

The movie is not very good. After having an hour of strange sex sequences they attempted to make it serious at the end, and it completely missed the boat.

Luke Wilson, what in the world were you thinking when you said yes to this?

The Verdict:

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.


A teenager’s weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives.

This screenplay was written by a guy who has seen far too many movies, but not enough good ones. There were ridiculously stupid shock moments that included a time when Kevin James had his eye popped off, and he cut it out of his head.

The writing was a complete mess. Kevin James and his crew show up and wreak havoc to start the film, and it only goes downhill. They put zero effort into showing these guys as badasses. Having them walk into the house like a walk in a park makes me not even care about them or what they are trying to achieve.

Even worse, I am supposed to believe that little girl is going to escape and evade four convicted felons? Come on.

The Verdict

Rating: 1 out of 5.

The Lodge

A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.

Riley Keough’s performance stood out to me in this film. I was blown away by her and what she was able to convey to the viewer. From where her character started to where she ended was two different people, and she killed it.

The cinematography is breathtaking, which is enhanced by a wonderful score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans.

The story isn’t complex, but it is good. The film doesn’t try to make it something it is not, and it stays on the beat and path where most horror movies try to veer off.

The Verdict

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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