Nilofer Rolston

  • September 3, 2018By Nilofer Rolston

    This past weekend, I decided to see the new thriller film Searching, which was released on August 31st. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty, Searching stars John Cho, a father who is trying to find his missing daughter. The film is shot entirely through the point of view of smartphones and computers, a new modern genre of

  • August 24, 2018By Nilofer Rolston

    About a year ago, I was walking with my mother through a bookstore when we walked past a shelf with many copies of ‘The Breadwinner’ on display. I remember my mother pointing out the book to me, and commenting on the name of the author: Deborah Ellis. My mother, who is a Pakistani immigrant, told

  • March 6, 2018By Nilofer Rolston

    The Shape of Water is no doubt one of the biggest movies of 2017. At the 90th annual Oscars, it was up for 13 nominations and ended up going home with Best Production Design, Best Original Music Score, Best Director and Best Picture. At first, I was excited to see all the nominations the movie was

  • February 8, 2018By Nilofer Rolston

    For those who know me, it is a well-known fact that I love horror movies. I grew up with movies like The Shining and The Exorcist and remember the thrill I would get from watching them, and how I would stay up all thinking about the frightful stories. Unfortunately, I have not been able to feel that in a

  • January 30, 2018By Nilofer Rolston

    In 2017, two movies were made about the life of Winston Churchill during WWII and The Darkest Hour starring Garry Oldman has just been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. There have been a total of 12 feature films about Churchill made (not counting the endless TV shows like Netflix’s The Crown). Yet after researching them

  • January 27, 2018By Nilofer Rolston

    This poem came to me spontaneously late at night, while I was huddled under every blanket I own. The house was chilly, and snow was falling lightly outside. Yet, I did not feel lonely at all. I only felt comfort, as if there was another presence in the room with me. That’s when I began

  • January 12, 2018By Nilofer Rolston

    This poem was something I wrote late at night, when I was looking through pictures of starry nights. The idea of humans returning to the stars after death is a concept that I have always thought was beautiful. Almost every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a star, and we all have

  • December 29, 2017By Nilofer Rolston

    There is no other show on Netflix right now like Black Mirror. After watching every episode, I can say there has been no other TV series to leave a lasting impact on my everyday life. Many times during the three seasons, I could almost literally feel my heart drop at the nightmarish dystopian settings, since

  • December 27, 2017By Nilofer Rolston

    The jackalope is a mythical creature from North American folklore, with a body of a jackrabbit and antelope horns. Legends state that they can be dangerous creatures and can also imitate the human voice. The only way to catch a jackalope is to entice it with whiskey. In this poem, the jackalope can represent whatever

  • December 17, 2017By Nilofer Rolston

    June 13, 2054 I cannot seem to rid myself of this memory. I will be haunted by this until the day I die. I decided to write out my thoughts to clear my head, to get just a single moment of peace. The year was 2025. The first astronauts had landed on Mars. After years

  • December 6, 2017By Nilofer Rolston

    Throughout my life, I have found myself receiving the help I needed from people I didn’t even know. Whether it was a small favor or assistance with a difficult problem, a stranger has always lended me a helping hand. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wonders, ”Whatever happened to that person?” This poem is dedicated