Retribution – Netflix Movie Review

Retribution is a 4 part movie series about two families who happen to also be neighbors in rural Scotland. They are joined forever by the marriage of their child to the other child. The young couple weds and two weeks later they are killed. And that is just the beginning of this convoluted story.

At the beginning, the movie drags on a bit and it is hard to figure out who is who to whom. Slowly the kinship to each person is figured out, but even in the end, I was left a bit confused. Either way, it is hard to develop sentiment towards the characters when you can’t figure out who is related to what person.

Also, I just can’t stand it when a great plot is destroyed by propaganda. The story line was great, but it was shattered by these inserts of left leaning ideals. The passionate defender husband, in the end is really a boyfriend and she leaves him for his protectiveness. The unforgiving mother forgives no one else, especially the men, but does forgive the woman who did most harm. The compassionate character shows compassionate to all others except towards the religious patriarch.  It was absurd!

The acting was great, the plot was interesting, even the crazy climax was insane – in a good way! But when the killer was revealed, it was such a huge let down!

I recommend this movie only to those who don’t care about some anti patriarchy. anti-religious, feminist leanings. All this was made evident in the last episode.

There are cuss words, one very short love scene with no nudity, and violence. On Netflix it is rated TV-MA.

Ben Franklin Biography – Book Review

Every year, Tim Challies puts out a reading challenge. Every year, I also set a goal for myself for how many books I would like to read. This year I would like to read 40 books, and I use Mr. Challies reading challenge as a guide to expand my reading preferences. One of those genres in the challenge is to read a biography. So I chose to read the biography on Benjamin Franklin by Maria M. Higgins.

The book was to the point and didn’t drag. I read it in a couple of days and learned quiet a bit about Mr. Franklin. It was a very easy read and didn’t spend too much time with opinions and aggrandizing Mr. Franklin.

Some things I learned from the book:

Electricity has been around a lot longer than I first thought.

Mr. Franklin was the first to write about daylight savings

He never married, but had a common law wife. He really wasn’t too nice to her.

He invented the glass harmonica.

He was the first in America to print and use political cartoons to get across political views.

He had an insatiable curiosity, that was admirable.


I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about this interesting man who lived a very fascinating life. I love his motto: “Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing. ” He certainly lived up to it.