Reuben

Reuben (Hebrew- ראובן – Roo-ben – Behold a son).  He was the first born of Jacob and Leah and the founder of the Reubenite Tribe.

He was born on the 14th day of Kislev (the 3rd month on the Hebrew Calendar) in 2192 since creation in the land of Paddan Aram, Mesopotamia (Book of Jubilees 28:11). His mother, Leah, prayed that the birth of Jacob’s first son would bring him to love her (Genesis 29:32). She rendered this prayer because her father Laban had previously broken his agreement with Jacob and instead of giving his youngest daughter Rachel to him for marriage, he gave his eldest daughter Leah.

The eldest of eleven siblings, Reuben was considered the next leader of his family after his father. However, it was later removed some time after he committed adultery with his father’s concubine and Leah’s maid Bilhah (Genesis 35:22). His birthright threatened, Reuben along with his other brothers could not erase the envy and the jealousy growing within their hearts towards their youngest brother Joseph whom Jacob favored more.

This envy and jealousy grew into his involvement of Joseph being sold into slavery. Although, Simeon and Levi were the forefront in the betrayal and horrid deed to their brother, Reuben went along with it until they wanted to kill him. This idea caused him great guilt and decided to help Joseph out of the pit they casted him into. But when he left to get rope and returned he was informed that they had sold him to a group of Midianites traveling by. Dismayed with grief, he rented his clothes and helped create a lie to their father (Genesis 37:21-30).

Between the time of the betrayal of Joseph and his reuniting with Joseph, Reuben had married a woman named Elluram (Book of Jasher) who bore him four sons. These sons would eventually form their own tribes within the Reubenite Tribe (Genesis 46:4-9).  Hanock of the Hanochites, Pallu of the Palluites, Hezron of the Hezornites, and Carmi of the Carmites (Numbers 26:5-6).

When Reuben and his brothers were reunited with Joseph after a great famine fell upon the lands causing people from the land of Canaan to travel to Egypt for refuge, Reuben saw it his duty and for redemption’s sake to make a deal with his father. Jacob did not want to send his youngest son Benjamin to Egypt to meet the curious governor who kept Simeon for insurance of their obedience. So, Reuben offered to sacrifice two of his sons if he did not bring Benjamin back alive (Genesis 42:37). This Jacob agreed too eventually led to the reunion of Jacob and his family with the long-lost Joseph. Later in the scriptures, Reuben and his family followed Jacob from Canaan to Egypt to live under the prosperous loving care of Joseph.

Towards the end of Jacob’s life, Reuben’s birthright was taken away (Genesis 49:3-4). Jacob described and prophesied him and his people to come: “Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.”

According to some Classical Rabbinical sources, Reuben died at the age of 125 and was placed in a coffin and taken back to Israel for burial.

Question for you: What can one learn from Reuben’s life and his choices? 

Please give your Thoughts below! ⇓


Written by: L.C. Harrison

Scriptures: Genesis 29:32 • Genesis 35:22 • Genesis 37:21-30 • Genesis 42:37 • Genesis 46:4-9 •  Numbers 26:5-6

Other References Used: King James Holy Bible • Book of Jubilees • Book of Jasher • Classical Rabbinical Sources

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Divine Awakening Thorough Edit

If you don’t know then I will tell you now. Book One to the Samelia series called Divine Awakening has been completed!

And the crowd goes wild!

For a year and a half, I’ve been working nonstop on this young adult fiction book and occasionally posting chapters onto Wattpad. Thanks to my awesome supporters family, friends, and my wattpad readers, I was able to finish the last chapter with a smile on my face. 

This accomplishment has me now wondering what to do next. For the whole month of February, I took a break from the Samelia series – a much needed break- so I could return with a sequel. Yes, I said it! Sequel. It is in the makings right now. 

However, I will be returning to Book One to do a thorough edit. It needs one. I am going to butcher it, as I call the process that follows a writer’s first draft. This breaks my heart and gives me a headache, but with God on my side I know I will be fine. 

Overall, I enjoy writing and hope that you can find the chance to join the Wattpad community and read Book One. 

Thank you if you do so and thank you again for reading this post. I hope you have a blessed day.

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  • From Yours Truly, LC Harrison

 

 

Black Power and Unity in 2018 Black Panther

All I have to say, is that I went in excited and exited wanting more!

Black Panther will be the top hit movie of 2018 for sure. Staring the handsome Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, and so many other fantastic actors and actresses who should win every award in the next Oscars, this movie was amazing. 

A part of the Marvel franchise, Black Panther is about a young prince named T’Challa who is made king of Wakanda, a high-tech supernatural kingdom hidden in Africa, after his father died. Conflict arises concerning a powerful plant that reveals a new threat to T’Challa’s throne and his rightful rule. 

Filled with physical and spiritual aspects such as breathtaking combat and culture-focused rituals, this movie brought a new light upon African culture and language, which should force every black person to reevaluate their purpose in life.

Whether it is to be successful in their trade or learn more about their ancestry and history, there is no way a person could leave the theater shrugging their shoulders saying nonchalantly, “Yeah it was a good movie.” I, in particular, walked out of the theater with my chin high and a bright smile on my face. To witness such black power and beauty in its own depth, perspective, and story-line was unconventionally intoxicating. 

Who would ever know such a well-developed theme about unity, strength, and authority could be represented in this manner. From the dialogue to the action-packed scenes to the costumes- no clothing of these Wakandians, this movie truly gave homage to all people of color. Despite the fact Black Panther is a fictional story with a mixture of modern day problems, this movie can be the open door needed for black people to unite as one again, just like during the Civil Rights Movement. Black-on-black crime need to stop. Black-on-others crime need to stop. We need to support black businesses and help our neighbors when they are in need. When we start respecting one another than it will make others shiver in their boots. Power is not given, but it is earned, not by the confirmation of others, but by the pride, respect, and love from within our own. Yeah, I thought of that one… 

This movie came out for a reason. I felt it when I first saw the previews- no the first time Marvel had Black Panther appear in Captain America: Civil War. There is nothing more intimidating yet beautiful to gaze upon then black people with power sitting on a throne and kicking behind at the same time.

So, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, please do so. You will not regret it. There is a lot of humor, action, awesome CGI and screen quality, and thought-felt dialogue that will give you shivers up your spine. Marvel has done a great job on this movie. For me to be a DC Comics fan, I must say I feel a bit of a pull to the other side. Maybe I can tread in the middle track of the two. *Evil Laugh.*

Either who, Chadwick Boseman, you are one blessed and highly favored man to play such a kingly role. You have one new fan! *Waves cheerfully.* I can go on all day about the amazing cast, but that would be another article in itself with a ton of spoilers. 

Black people, this is our time. God is cracking the door open an inch. First we must work within ourselves in order to push our way to the top. Remember, Power is not given, but it is earned, not by the confirmation of others, but by the pride, respect, and love from within our own.

Did you go and see Black Panther? What impression did it place on you before and after watching it? What are your thoughts about black power and unity? Is it possible in these days and time?

Share your thoughts below!!!

-Written by LeQuita Harrison, Went to See Black Panther on 2/18/2018

First Book Finished! Called Divine Awakening

I am proud to say that I have finally finished writing a young adult fiction book called Divine Awakening

It is a story about a teen girl name Christina Ammeen who enters a new year and another birthday with a shocking reveal. That reveal surrounds a divine position and a mystical realm which she is the main focal point. Questions are answered or left unanswered as she tries to survive at a prestigious boarding school where her enemies are close at hand. 

For about two years now, I’ve been working on and off with this story and it’s plot. Through countless drafts, tears of sorrow, doubt, and joy,  I was able to pour out my creativity until I found a story-line that satisfied me. To the honest truth, writing a book is hard, but once you make it through the ups and downs and finish, it’s a glorious feeling. 

I feel victorious right now! 

If you would like to read Divine Awakening, the unedited version is posted on Wattpad. For now, I will be working on the sequel and other ideas that has accumulated over time. I thank God for giving me strength and awesome supporters as I wrote this book. I will be seeking means of publishing, but right now I will just live in the moment.

I FINISHED A BOOK!! YAY!

Here is the book cover and the summary. 

The only realm sixteen-year-old Christina Ammeen knows about is Earth, but when her mom commits a strange act, her world grows another realm bigger.

To make matters worse, a hot energy stirs awake within her body and fiery visions claim her at random. And with a quirky CIA agency determined to keep her in the dark, leaves her vulnerable to the fact that someone wants her dead.

Forced to attend a prestigious boarding school where her enemies are close at hand, she must endure heart wrenching situations in order to seek the truth about her mysterious pendant and a divine position with connections to a mystical realm called Valeera.

 

Read Chapter 1    Read Unedited Version on Wattpad

Movie Review: Jumanji (2017) I Will Rate 60/100

Every time I’m scrolling through the channel guide to see what interesting show or movie is on and I come across the 1995 classic Jumanji, I would always put it on. But this 2017 modern day Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, I would probably continue scrolling. 

When it comes to humor in the film industry, it has changed drastically. From clean humor and jokes to dirty provocative humor and jokes has increased over the years as comedians such as the Rock, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and many others find it satisfying to focus on bodily attributes rather than mere foolishness. And when it comes to foul language, that too has become the daily norm. Despite, the fact that I can go on all day about how backwards the moral aspect has gone in these days in time in society, I will focus on reviewing this movie. 

Would I go and see it again? Maybe not. Would I go and buy the movie or watch it on TV? Maybe not. Do not get me wrong, I do enjoy a movie from time to time staring Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and the Rock, but when it comes to a supposed family-oriented movie adaptation, I expected a bit more satisfaction. 

As I was exiting the movie theater, I counted about fifteen under-13-aged children in that theater who did not need to experience Jack Black’s infatuation with his manly parts – on the side of other scenes that did not need to be included. Just watching these provocative scenes that continued on more than three minutes, made me shake my head, shaming the director, the screenwriters, and the producers for turning the classic movie into an adult movie.

However, the premises of the classic movie, a person or a group of people being trapped in a game that would not release you until you either died or finished the game, was matched 100 percent. The whole video game aspect was great and there were a few silly scenes that had me laughing my breath away. The visual quality of the movie was great having the main characters trapped in a beautiful world of Jumanji and the action scenes came as needed and were not forced upon us. And with the pop up actor Nick Jonas really had me smiling from ear to ear. 

Overall, I would give 2017 Jumanji a 60 out of 100. If you are a parent who cares about what your child hears and consumes during the day, I would not take them to see this movie. If you are a parent that does not care then enjoy. Adults also enjoy. 

Tell me, did you enjoy the movie? Did the provocative scenes and the foul language swoosh over your head or made you cringe a bit? Please let me know below. I want to know YOUR thoughts!

-Written by LC. Harrison

 

 

 

 

 

Today in History: Colo the Gorilla

Today in History –> December 22, 2017  –> December 22, 1956

Baby Colo

Gorillas are peaceful and intelligent animals, but if you cross them they can be vicious. 

However, baby gorillas like every other animal as a baby are cute and funny. On this day in 1956, Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. She would be the first gorilla born in captivity in America. At the time, she captured everyone’s hearts and drew in public interest like a Beyonce’s concert.

Her name Colo is a combination of Columbus and Ohio and was the daughter of Millie and Mac, two captive gorillas from French Cameroon, Africa. 

Before Colo, most gorillas were caught in the wild and brought back to zoos, sometimes by brutal strategies. If a baby gorilla was needed, merciless hunters would find a family, kill the parents and other members, and capture the baby. 

Before her death on January 17, 2017, Colo had become a mother and a grandmother and in 1996 a great-grandmother to Timu, the first surviving infant gorilla conceived by artificial insemination. This is where I shake my head. Humans have no limitations when it comes to science, but back to the gorillas. 

Despite the fact gorillas are wild creatures that protects and preserves their family’s generations, people still captures them for zoos. Presently, there are approximately 750 gorillas in captivity around the world. 

What do you think about capturing and placing animals in captivity? How about constructions tearing down their homes in forests and wooden areas for housing? Would you stop going to zoos because of this?

Please tell me what you think below!! 

Today in History: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Today in History –> December 21, 2017 –> December 21, 1937

Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey. Try saying that a few times fast. 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was one of my favorite movies growing up. Despite that I am still learning new information about my favorite animation movies, I can’t help to watch one of them from time to time. Bring that inner child of me out for an hour or so. No harm done. 

Based on the Germany fairy tale with the same name written by the Grimm Brothers, Walt Disney Productions and the RKO Radio Pictures took on the task of transforming the story into a full length cel animated feature film. This movie would be their first tackle on animation and I must say, they did a great job. 

On this day, December 21 in 1937 Snow White was premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre, followed by a nationwide release on February 4, 1938. Instantly, it was a total success hitting in the top ten of America’s box office. 

Ever since then, Snow White has evolved into popular theme park attractions, video games, Broadway musicals, and do not forget the countless variations of movies, TV shows, and books we’ve had over the years.

Believe it or not, the year this movie was released shocked me. Who would ever thought by technology standards that an animation with such great quality could be constructed around 1937? Allow me to say it again, 1937!!! See, I was born in 1993 so growing up watching this had me believing it was released around that time. So, I applaud the creators and the artists who had me fooled all these years…until now when I took the time to research it. 

So!

Was anyone else fooled? What was your favorite Disney animation movie? Which one(s) didn’t you like?

-Written by LC Harrison, Random Writes

Today in History: Elvis Presley Drafted??

Today in History —> December 20, 2017 —> December 20, 1957 

When it comes to being drafted into the United States Army it leaves no one out. Including, the rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley. In the year 1957 on this day, he received his draft notice to join the army. His fans sent hundreds of letters to the army begging them to spare his life, but Presley told them to stand down. He wanted to honor his country and set an example for other young men. So after finishing up some projects, he packed his bags and left. For six months he went through basic training then sailed to Europe on the USS General Randall where he served for 18 months in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps in Friedberg, Germany.

To make this story even more interesting, Presley attained the rank of sergeant and when day work was over he would sneak off to host parties and jam sessions. 

Eventually, the singer was discharged on March 2, 1960 and his determination to obey his draft call influenced many young Americans to either join the army or receive their vaccine shots. 

On the side of Presley there were other celebrities who were drafted into the army. You might know these men —> Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman! Say WHAT!!!

So do you know anyone from the past or the present who was drafted into the army? Family? Friend? Or another celebrity? Please Share Below!

– Written by LC Harrison, Random Writes

 

TV Show Review: Person of Interest

A mellow conversation. A Punch. A Kick. Pull out a weapon and… shoot him in the kneecaps. Yeah, that’s the magnificent strategy and signature of the awesome vigilante John Reese.

Jim Caviezel as John Reese

Despite the fact that the TV show Person of Interest had ran its course, ending last year of 2016, late ole’ me had clicked play on Season 1 Episode 1 and instantly fell in love.

Who would ever know that my love for DC Comics and Marvel superheroes would be satisfied by watching this show. Created by Jonathan Nolan and with an amazing cast staring Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Emerson, and Kevin Chapman, Person of Interest dives into the slow yet fast pace, action pact, vigilante theme that echoes Batman in so many ways.

Taraji P. Henson as Joss Carter

It all begins with a presumed dead ex-CIA agent named John Reese resurfacing into the spotlight. He is recruited by a mysterious man in spectacles named Harold Finch to redeem his past of operative killings to save people. How these people are chosen, you must watch the show to see how. No Spoilers here! *Evil Laugh.*

The talented Taraji (Joss Carter) comes into the picture as a well-respected NYPD Homicide Detective who has one mission and that is to catch this mysterious vigilante whom the media comes to call “The Man in the Suit.” Secrecy pops up a lot in these episodes, especially when it comes to the humorous Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman) who has a lot of them and our intelligent friend Finch (Michael Emerson) who can hack into almost anything. I don’t think I would like to cross him in any way, just saying.

Michael Emerson Picture
Michael Emerson as Harold Finch

Let’s just say from the time episode 1 ended, I was hooked. If you like sly, witty, mellow talk with an icing of combat fighting skills then you will love John Reese. Choosing Jim Caviezel who played the sociopathic warden in Escape Plan, was a great choice. If you love to be shocked by twists and almost have minor heart attacks by the carefully planned out fight choreography (applause to the choreography crew) then this show would be great for you. 

If you are interested or I have peeked your interest check it out on Netflix. All of the seasons are on it and I and my family are so happy about this. Oh did I forget to tell you that I have a knack for getting my family interested in action-pact shows like this? Well, if you check it out, ENJOY but beware… You are being watched….

I have definitely added Person of Interest to my Watch-List. What do you think of this show? Have you seen it? Would you check it out? Do you have any shows you would like to recommend? 

Please Tell Your Thoughts Below!!!

Written by L.C. Harrison

This may get updated. 

Me and My Lord

Me and my Lord! Thank you Jesus!

Today in History: President Clinton Impeached

Today in History – December 19, 2017 –> December 19, 1998

Despite the fact he vowed to finish his term, President Bill Clinton was officially impeached. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment that charged Clinton of lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice.

What was he lying about?

Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a 21-year-old unpaid intern in November 1995. The two have been seen a dozen of times having sexual encounters in the White House and when they were confronted, they denied everything. After a lengthy investigation, Clinton was given the boot, but he proved himself to be a devote president to his country and remained where he was.

However, his impeachment will not go away and will still mark this day of December 19th as the day he was not recognized as the President of these United States of America.

Now… What are we going to do about the President we have now??? Any Ideas?

Song Review: Saturate Us

Saturate Us sung by Bishop Andrew Merriitt and The Straight Gate Mass Choir (2015) is a beautiful song of praise to God. It’s a song of plea, asking God to shower the world with his love, mercy, and power. In these days and times we need God to replenish his people with strength and faith to get through these troublesome times. So much is going on and it’s important for everyone to remember to give Jesus all of our praise and thanks.

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Jesus Said, “Follow Me” Podcast Ministry

If you want to be blessed by hearing the Word of God, check out the Path of Righteousness Church in Christ podcast ministry. 

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I’m Thankful

A lot happened in 2016. I know this is March, three months into 2017, but as I was sitting on the bus my mind fell deep into thought. God has blessed me so much. Sometimes for us to really see those blessings we need that idle moment of silence. After countless days of watching horrific acts committed throughout our country and our world, waking up early in the morning to go to work, and preparing ourselves mind, body, and soul for whatever is to come in the rest of the week, we need to rest. Rest for as long as you see fit,  but rest and recap on the positive things that has happened in your life. Once you do so, you will realize that they outweigh the negative. 

Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for and I know you do too. Just for waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth are two glorious things we sometimes take advantage of. On the news a few weeks ago, I listened with tears in my eyes of a family of eleven who woke up the next day with half of their family gone from a vicious fire. I didn’t know what to do with myself after hearing such tragedy. But I did pray. I prayed for the family and sought Jesus’ mercy and comfort upon them in their grief. I prayed for myself and my family and sought Jesus again for mercy, comfort, and thanked him for it all. 

Never take your life or world for granted. All of it is a blessing. You are blessing. 

The world feels like it’s collapsing around us every day. From politics to our crumbling neighborhoods, we must keep the world balanced by trusting, praying, thanking, and remembering Jesus Christ. So be thankful this day. I know I am thankful. 

I pray you have a blessed day. 

-Sincerely LeQuita.

In the UB Spotlight with The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet

On the evening of November 1, 2016, I had the opportunity to attend a musical event on the University of Baltimore Campus. Around 7:00 pm, the Wright Theater located in the Student Center was alive with the beautiful sound of music performed by the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet. Four graduates from the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, entertained the audience with Russian music of the 19th and early 20th centuries to contemporary composers orchestrated with the usage of stringed instruments such as the violin, the viola, and the cello.

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Movie Review: A Shark Wants You for Dinner, What Would You Do? Diving in The Shallow

Movie Review: A Shark Wants You for Dinner, What Would You Do? Diving in The Shallow

Written by LeQuita C. Harrison| Published On: September 13 2016

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Released on June 24, 2016, The Shallow was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and is a drama slash thriller that both pleases the eyes and tenses your muscles. The film forces you to put yourself in the main character’s shoes and asks you constantly what would you do if a great white shark trapped you on a rock determined to have you for dinner? What would you do? With only two major characters played by Blake Lively and a great white shark and a few minor characters, we dive into the scary unknown.

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Language Cannot Be Limited: Responding to Ludwig Wittgenstein

Language Cannot be Limited: Responding to Ludwig Wittgenstein

Published on: October 20, 2016 | Written by LeQuita C. Harrison

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian-British philosopher, said “The limits of my language are the limits of my world,” which identifies how language contributes to human’s abilities to socialize. Without language or limiting language can be crucial to a human’s will to imagine, to learn, and to comprehend. In my Archaeology of Language Course, we discussed how babies and toddlers form and adapt to a spoken language by ways of listening and repeating sounds. If a mom repeats the word “ma-ma” to her toddler, she would eventually repeat the sound and interpret it to be a good thing. This awakening of sounds with words, which has its own study called Phonology, gives wake to imagination.

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The Affects of R&B Music in Gender and Young People

Dec. 1, 2013

Music has been around for centuries captivating the hearts and minds of people all around the world. One type of genre known as R&B has evolved entirely over the years. Once recapping the history of R&B it will show how quickly the genre had changed from its viewpoints of “soothing the masses” to highlighting major issues of America to focusing on sexual orientation. The way it is set up today and given to the world through media it plays a huge role in shaping the mental state of the youth and the way people live. When it comes to gender theories in R&B, lyrics and music videos have expressed a new understanding of morals and power whose negative influences affect social norms and self-representation of men and women….

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Wait on the Lord!

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say,on the Lord. –Psalm 27:14, KJV

Do you know that common saying Patience is the Key? Well, that is true when it comes to Jesus Christ. Even King David found it hard to fight flesh’s temptation of impatience, by writing this verse. When he wrote the Book of Psalms it was more to aid himself as well as encourage us to keep our faith strong in God. Be of good courage means to stay positive. Always look on the positive side of things. And when you do Jesus will nurture your heart with the strength to continue throughout your week. He does not put upon us more than we can bear. Remember what you’re going through is a sign from God that a great reward is waiting for you at the end.

Wait, my friend, be patient, your blessing is on the way. Continue smiling, praying, and be the light of the world so they too could see the goodness of the Lord.

-Remember Jesus is Always on Time!!

-LeQuita C. Harrison

Crimson Peak (2015) Review

OMG! Tom Hiddleston’s butt!… Okay I apologize. I must keep this very professional. This is my first review- all thanks to this movie not because of TH’s behind, but because this was a very good movie. 

External Links: to IMDB and Wattpad
Rated: R
Time: 1h 59min
Year Released: 2015

Name of the Movie: Crimson Peak

It’s a catchy name. The word Crimson makes me think of blood red and very edgy dark depths. 0_o. This adjective placed before peak instantly makes me wonder why the peak is red (You’ll find out once you see movie). This title really creates questions about what to expect in this movie. Plus I love the color red. RATE: 10

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