2018 Movies – A Full Ranking

This blog post originally appeared on my Piecing It Together Podcast Website. Since it’s my movie podcast, it makes sense to start doing these end of the year movie wrap-ups over there now, but because I always post my ranking on this website every year, I figured I’d repost it here too.

As I always do, I’ve kept a running list of all the movies I saw this year… And ranked them all in order. We just did a Top 10 Movies of the Year Special Episode of the Podcast too which you definitely should listen to, but without further ado, here are all the movies I saw this year, in order (personal preference, not trying to rank them critically).

Movies

  1. Isle Of Dogs
  2. First Reformed
  3. Mission Impossible Fallout
  4. Eighth Grade
  5. Searching
  6. A Star Is Born
  7. Alpha
  8. Mandy
  9. Vox Lux
  10. Ant-Man & The Wasp
  11. Thoroughbreds
  12. The Favourite
  13. Hereditary
  14. Aquaman
  15. Deadpool 2
  16. Overlord
  17. Rampage
  18. BlackKklansman
  19. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix)
  20. Never Goin Back
  21. Upgrade
  22. Mid90s
  23. Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse
  24. Avengers: Infinity War
  25. Suspiria
  26. Can You Ever Really Forgive Me?
  27. You Were Never Really Here
  28. Tully
  29. The Long Dumb Road (VOD)
  30. Wildlife
  31. American Animals
  32. Black Panther
  33. A Quiet Place
  34. We The Animals
  35. Green Book
  36. Best F(r)iends Vol. 1
  37. Disobedience
  38. Blindspotting
  39. Vice
  40. Bumblebee
  41. The Hurricane Heist
  42. White Boy Rick
  43. Ready Player One
  44. Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot
  45. Creed 2
  46. Oceans 8
  47. Ralph Breaks The Internet
  48. A Simple Favor
  49. Crazy Rich Asians
  50. Super Troopers 2
  51. A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix)
  52. Annihilation
  53. Game Night
  54. Blockers
  55. Sorry To Bother You
  56. Bohemian Rhapsody
  57. The Sisters Brothers
  58. Operation Finale
  59. Hold The Dark (Netflix)
  60. The Predator
  61. First Man
  62. Hostiles
  63. The Nun
  64. Red Sparrow
  65. Best (F)riends Vol. 2
  66. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  67. Widows
  68. Assassination Nation
  69. Skyscraper
  70. Sicario Day of the Soldado
  71. Death Wish
  72. The House With The Clock In Its Walls
  73. When We First Met (Netflix)
  74. Bad Times at the El Royale
  75. Tag
  76. The Spy Who Dumped Me
  77. Tomb Raider
  78. Den of Thieves
  79. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  80. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald
  81. Halloween
  82. The Meg
  83. Pacific Rim: Uprising
  84. Early Man
  85. The Girl In The Spiders Web
  86. The Commuter
  87. Mom and Dad (VOD)
  88. Gringo
  89. Mortal Engines
  90. Peppermint
  91. The Cloverfield Paradox (Netflix)
  92. Mute (Netflix)
  93. Holmes & Watson

Obviously there’s always plenty of movies I don’t get around to watching, so if a big one is missing, that’s why.

2017 Movies I saw in the theater this year: The Post, I, Yonya, Molly’s Game and Phantom Thread.

Movies I Either Worked On Or Know People Involved With So I Didn’t IncludeBus Party To HellIn Memory OfThe Beast, Still/Born

Number of Times I saw a movie in the theater (including repeat viewings and classic films): 106

Number of Movies we covered on Piecing It Together (released episodes only): 41

2018 started off slow but honestly looking at this list, the quality doesn’t really drop off until the 40s, which is pretty amazing. There’s been some years that I had trouble even making a Top 10! Now that’s not to say I LOVED the Top 40, but I at least liked them. Probably love up until somewhere in the 20s. Still, that’s a great year in my book.

Most years I do an Albums list and a Video Games list as well, but lets just say between my own music and getting this podcast going, I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t kept great track of those things. What I can tell you is every video game I’ve played this year has been on Nintendo Switch except for the new God Of War (which i never did finish), and as far as new albums are concerned, I probably listened to the A Star Is Born soundtrack more than any other 2018 release.

What a great year. Can’t wait for 2019! And before I go, remember, if you haven’t yet, listen to my 2018 Top 10 Lists Special Episode featuring Josh Bell and Jason Harris!

2018 – Year In Review

UPDATE: Just when I thought the year was over, I found out that Forbes picked “PalinDRONE 360” as one of the Essential VR Music Videos of 2018! How amazing is that? So I wanted to update this blog post in case any of you happen to see it after the fact so you’d know about this awesome piece of news. You can read the article at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jessedamiani/2018/12/28/the-essential-vr-music-videos-of-2018/#608d921e16d4

It’s the end of the year so you know what that means… Time to look back at 2018 with another year in review blog post.

2018 was a weird year… There were some great things, there were some not so great things, and it was overall very unpredictable, but it’s another year on the books. Lets take a look at some of the stuff that happened.

  • Of course the biggest thing that happened this year was the release of my 4th album, A Different Kind Of Dream. After three albums that followed a formula (16 tracks, then a free bonus album of B-Sides & Remixes), A Different Kind Of Dream took a different approach, with only 10 songs and then a series of singles throughout the rest of the year (“Secrets,” “Artificial (Extended Video Remix)” and “Stalker”). I believe the album has some of my best work to date. It’s done quite well too overall. It didn’t really have the impact I exactly planned for though. I didn’t release a CD copy, and although the CD format is basically dead, it did make selling the album sort of difficult. Also the limited 10 song track-list I think lent itself to a sort of wait-and-see feeling from many people. Even though the data says that shorter albums and EPs are more popular nowadays, it seems when you’re operating on this level of the game, people want more value. It’s going to be interesting to see how people respond to my next “album” which will come as three separate 10 song releases. I held a poll and people said it was a great idea, so I’m probably going to stick with the plan. Hopefully the definitive promise of the 30 songs will help make sure people are interested. That’s going to probably not come out until 2020 though, so we’ll see what happens by then haha.
  • The second best thing to happen was the release of “Artificial” the music video directed by Ben Yonker. I wrote the video and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. It came out so amazing and did incredible at film festivals. A dozen fests and multiple awards and nominations. The response was incredible. “Artificial” was from my last album Head Like Fire. You can also check out an interview I did with Ben about the video on my Piecing It Together Podcast at https://www.piecingpod.com/2018/12/17/special-episode-artificial-ben-yonker-interview/

  • Another amazing release this year was the first and only music video from A Different Kind Of Dream, “PalinDRONE 360.” This was my 2nd VR music video with NewLine Videography. It’s an incredibly cool video (another trippy concept I came up with) and I’m really happy with how it came out. It was the featured video on YouTube, SamsungVR and Veer, which led to a ton of views. It wasn’t quite as big as our previous video “Constellations 360” but it still did great and I’m very proud of it.

  • The biggest film project this year was “Bus Party To Hell.” I talked about this last year (I actually made the song and other music that was in the film last year), but it finally was released this year. The release went amazingly and they ended up getting a ton of press on it and it was available in 50% of all the Redboxes across the country and on many VOD services. I released the song on SoundCloud and got a ton of press about it as well.
  • I didn’t get much other film work this year though unfortunately. I’m not gonna sit around and mope about it, and I did get quite a few TV placements through libraries which is great. I also scored a web series called Copper Creek that will come out in 2019. But yeah, 2018 was not the best year for my film scoring career. But to be honest I was probably way too busy to take on a lot of projects… That’s because of the next point…
  • Podcasts. I guess I’m a full time podcaster now haha. Who would have thought? Last year I had started the Bird Road Podcast with my best friend Q. Then in March of this year, while continuing to do Bird Road, I branched off and started my own podcast, Piecing It Together. It’s a movie podcast where me and a guest look at a new movie and try to figure out what other movies inspired it. It’s a weird thing to say after 15 years of building my composing career, but I am more invested in and loving spending time with this podcast than I am with my music career right now. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT going to stop making music haha. And on Piecing It Together, I always close up every episode by talking about what I’m doing musically and playing a piece of my music. So it all ties together. But yeah, I’d be lying if I said that Piecing It Together isn’t my new main focus for the time being. You should check it out over at https://www.piecingpod.com or on your favorite podcast app.
  • And it wouldn’t be another year without more of my various comedy projects. We released a new D-Mize & Dee. Rockz album called D & Dee. Tox. As much as I try to NOT promote my comedy-rap stuff too much because it’s so awful and offensive… this album rules. The single “Space Force Anthem” was probably the biggest “hit” we’ve ever had. Also, a project I’ve had on the shelf for 10 years called The Pup Pups which is all folk songs about my dogs (and some sung by them) is finally almost done. I just started finishing up after letting it sit for 10 years, and in one weekend I got 5 more songs almost done haha. It’s coming out amazing and will come out in 2019 for sure. We’re also planning another D-Mize & Dee. Rockz album in 2019 haha. Why? I have no idea.

And that’s basically that! Yes it was a strange year. I’m glad I kept this blog up (although I didn’t do a particularly great job at that… especially This Thing Rules haha… RIP?). But overall there were some amazing things that happened this year… mainly A Different Kind Of Dream, “Artificial,” and Piecing It Together. So if you haven’t, make sure to check them all out. And comment on them. And share them… Thanks for the support. Here’s to a great 2019!

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

Halloween and Stalker!

It’s my favorite time of the year… Halloween! And to celebrate I have a brand new single called “Stalker.”

“Stalker” is a dark, creepy track that was originally going to be included on my last album A Different Kind Of Dream but wasn’t quite finished so I decided to save it for a special Halloween release. It just came out this past Friday, October 26th on iTunes and Spotify and CD Baby and all major music services.

I like to think of “Stalker” as me letting my John Carpenter influence run wild. The song was also included on a special industrial Halloween compilation from Brutal Resonance called M-A-S-K and they put it like this:

Have you ever gotten that feeling? When you’re walking home at night and you just can’t shake off that feeling that you’re being followed? A shadow behind you, but every time you look it’s gone. Is it human? Or maybe something more? Every step that you take you feel as if there are red eyes beaming at you from dark alleys and closed shops. It only takes a moment to get caught, and a moment more to make it home. Where will you end up? This is David Rosen’s “Stalker”.

I like that.

The BEST way to listen to “Stalker” (aside from buying it on iTunes) is on my personalized Halloween Playlist on Spotify. It features music from my albums (and some non-album songs), and is available NOW! Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to my music while you’re there!

As always, thanks so much for the support. I’m not sure what my next release will be, but rest assured I’m working on some great new stuff and if you’re subscribed to my music on Spotify you’ll always get it immediately when it’s released.

Happy Halloween!

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

Artificial

How is it possible that I never posted an actual blog post about my new music video “Artificial” being out? I tend to make myself way too busy nowadays and things like that just tend to happen but now it’s time to let you know that you can watch “Artificial” on my YouTube channel now! Or even right here…

Artificial, PalinDRONE and more!

It’s that time again… New blog time.

Let me start off by saying thank you to everyone who has been watching “PalinDRONE 360.” The video is doing awesome on all the different VR Video sites, and I’m excited to continue pushing it throughout the year. Also, we just released a lightened version because people without the full VR headset equipment have said that it’s too dark just watching it on their phone. They’re right, but in VR you get the full experience, so since we can’t adjust it from device to device, we decided the best option was to have a lightened alternate version which you can view on YouTube or here:

Now usually I try to space my music video releases out further, but it just so happens that my other video that I’ve been teasing for a while, “Artificial,” is almost here. It’s been done for months but I’ve been waiting to release it until after “PalinDRONE” (as well as until after some of the film festivals that we submitted to finished with their announcements), and that time is coming up THIS MONTH. I’ll be attending a screening of “Artificial” at the FilmQuest Film Festival on September 15th, and then I plan on releasing the video the following Friday, September 21st. The video has already done so great, getting into 10 film festivals, winning awards. I’m so proud of this video and can’t wait for you all to see it. Ben Yonker and his team put together such an amazing video based on an idea I wrote while making the song. It’s truly one of my favorite things I’ve ever put out.

Now if you’ve read this far, you’re one of the people who really cares about my career and the music I make, so I want to tell you what’s going on with me and my music for the rest of the year. I know that when I released A Different Kind Of Dream I said that I’d be releasing a ton of new music. And then I even gave an update to that new music in my last blog post. But I still have done next to nothing with my music since then. The truth is, my podcast, Piecing It Together has taken on the biggest priority for me right now… It was just supposed to be a side thing, but I really enjoy doing it and for the time being it will continue to be my main thing. And right behind that, I’m actually having a lot of fun making a new comedy-rap album (the stuff that I try not to talk about much here on this website haha). And along with both of those projects, I’ve been absolutely PLAGUED by computer issues this year. So much so that I’m actually currently planning on building a PC from scratch for the first time since college. It’s just problem after problem with my recent custom made PC (only 4 years old!) and I think it’s time to get these things under control… However, there’s a very real possibility that I’m going to lose access to some of the other music I had started this past year when switching to the new computer. Yes, I’ll be releasing the “Artificial (Extended Video Mix)” along with the music video. And I should be releasing another single that’s already finished a couple months after that. But there’s a lot of music that’s probably going to get lost in the process. I’ll salvage what I can. But honestly, with all the other stuff I’m working on… I kind of don’t care about losing that music. I still have demo versions of it all in MP3 format that I could potentially put up as a free bonus album one day or something, so it’s not totally lost… Just may not be possible to finish. If so… Whatever. I’m sure there’s more music in my head that will get made eventually. But this long rambling stream-of-conscience end to this blog post is just my way of telling you, the people who care about my music, that my year of lots of music releases probably isn’t happening. Maybe I’ll go back to a regular album in a year or two. Maybe I’ll go back to this plan of lots of small releases next year. Maybe even in a few months! Haha. Who the hell knows. But right now I have a computer to build, a ridiculous comedy-rap album to finish, and a podcast to make (and lots of movies to watch while doing it!). And I’m happy with all of that, so hey, it’s all good.

As always, thanks so much for listening to my music. I hope you’ve been enjoying A Different Kind Of Dream which honestly, despite low sales, has been BY FAR the most streamed album of my career. Now that I think of it, that was kind of the plan hahaha… But it’s just hard to know who is out there when I don’t see specific names of people buying it. But according to Spotify my monthly listeners has jumped like 400% so people are really listening and that makes me happy. Hope you’re enjoying it, whoever you are. I’ll have “Artificial” ready for you later this month and then we’ll see where we go from there.

– David

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

A Different Kind Of Dream – My Mom’s Review

Well it’s that time again… As is tradition, with the release of a new album, comes my mom’s review. Hopefully by now you’ve checked out A Different Kind Of Dream already (available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, Bandcamp and all digital music sources). If you have, I’d love to hear what you think of the album… But here’s what my mom thought of it… With my notes in red…

  1. The Void – MADE ME THINK ABOUT THE OCEAN – THEN RUNNING (Not bad…)
  2. Hero – CAR RIDE ON HWY 101 – IN A CONVERTIBLE (TOP DOWN) (I guess so…)
  3. A Different Kind Of Dream – NIGHTTIME – SIGHT-SEEING FROM A HELICOPTER (So far so good…)
  4. Invisible – SEARCHING FOR MY CORKSCREW (OK Mom…)
  5. Regenerate – PLAYING W/ MY DOGS (Christ…)
  6. Searching Further – TRYING TO FALL ASLEEP WHEN THE AMBIEN DOESN’T WORK (Here we go…)
  7. Waterfalls In Reverse – MY HEART RATE – LOOKING AT PICS OF HOT GUYS (Dammit mom…)
  8. Enemy – A CHASE SCENE IN A MOVIE (Alright I’ll take it…)
  9. Ascend – SCARY, MONSTER CHASING ME! (Cool…)
  10. Palindrone – YANNI? (There it is…)

As usual, my mom’s review is all over the place. It also took her like 2 weeks to finally listen to it. I think she’s slipping. But I love you mom and thanks for listening. I hope you all check out the album and leave some reviews to let me know what you think. Maybe this post will help you figure out how not to review an album…

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

A Different Kind Of Dream – The New Album

It’s finally time to announce my new album, A Different Kind Of Dream.

It’s been almost 2 years since my last full length album, Head Like Fire. I followed that up with … Like Ashes, a collection of bonus tracks and remixes of tracks from the Head Like Fire sessions. Then I took a break from writing new music while I continued to promote the music videos from that album. They were some of my most successful music videos ever, and a great excuse to take a break and focus on the rest of my life a little bit. But last year I started making some new music and I could tell it was going to form into something special.

BUS PARTY TO HELL!

You may recall me talking about Bus Party To Hell (or as it was formerly known, Party Bus To Hell) before. Well it’s out now and I wanted to dedicate a blog post to this crazy, wild new movie from the Mahal Brothers.

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