About After Misery: After Misery started as a platform to review films casually on social media in January 2018, later
expanding to television series. They usually featured a visual element in the style of the film/show while the review itself was placed on top of the image. In 2019, as the year went on, number of reviews began increasing every month while I (the writer) found myself really enjoying breaking down what I liked and didn't like about things that I was watching, so I got the courage to do it more ”professionally”. Also, long story short and TMI: unfortunately I then messed up with the original files as I prepared to transfer them in December (though now there are small snippets of 2019 film reviews in one article).
On January 1st, 2020, a new website aftermisery.com was created, and a whole rebrand including the social media accounts followed that. Posting reviews became a more consistent thing and that's where After Misery is at right now. Hopefully you enjoy everything you read here.
About the writer and founder: Hi, my name is Jonas and I write about film & TV here on After Misery, film outlet which I also founded. I am also writing for other outlets whenever applicable. For After Misery, in addition to continual film & TV criticism, I've also covered festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival.
About the ratings: Ratings are often the first and only thing people look at when it comes to film & tv reviews, however there’s usually a bit more to them. On After Misery I don’t always pit things against each other but instead I like to look at them based on their own qualities and how much I enjoy those specific qualities. For example, I get different things out of horror than I do from romantic comedies. Every review of a film or series is rated between 0.5 (lowest) and 5.0 (highest) stars. The almighty, special 0.0 is reserved only for those that are too vile to even be mentioned, therefore you won’t find reviews of them here. Following examples aren’t accurate for everything and for those the review should provide more explanation:
1.0 (doesn’t work)
2.0 (not bad but don’t really care for it)
2.5 (slightly disappointing, not quite enough to deserve a recommendation)
3.0 (enjoyable, positive enough to be a recommendation)
3.5 (good stuff)
4.0 (bunch to like here)
4.5 (almost there, liked it a lot)
5.0 (loved it)
What kind of films & TV can I contact After Misery about as a publicist, distributor etc.?
- We cover narrative feature films and TV series, excluding ''network TV'' (you know, the ones with 20+ episodes per season). Please don't spam our email about short documentaries, VR experiences, reality shows, talk show specials, podcasts, live events or web series, we don't write about them as of now. By using your own good judgement, you can send screener links to documentary features, narrative short films and comedy specials but note that we don't write about them on the site. Occasionally, we might check out one of them and make a social post if it's great.
How can I approach you about advertising on the site (new films/series, related events, FYC content)?
- Since After Misery is a site about movies and TV, we like inquiries related to them. Use the contact email and give short and clear descriptions. Is it a FYC ad for awards season, movie poster, film festival ad, TV series promo etc.? Is it a currently playing or an upcoming title? Are you looking for a placement on desktop and/or mobile version of the site, or something like Instagram stories? Are you looking for a vertical banner on the side, horizontal banner on top or bottom of the site's content, or something else? Do you want the image to have a clickable link? What timeframe are you looking at? What page(s) are you interested in (Home, Reviews, every article, About)?
We'll get back to you about your inquiry with placements, rates and all else if we are interested in working together.
What do the Smileys and Frowneys mean in your reviews?
- They aren't always comparable from one review to another and neither are they only things worth mentioning about the film/series. The purpose of a Smiley is to highlight something that makes the film/series especially enjoyable or impressive, consider it as a pat on the back or something to keep an eye on while watching.
Frowneys also aren't as harsh as they might sound, most of all they are designed to give feedback to filmmakers in terms of what to improve on when their next project rolls around. Sometimes a Frowney can be an underwhelming, underwritten or poorly executed element of a film/series. For the viewer, they are mostly just warning labels to be wary about.
I'd like to write for After Misery, how may I approach this?
- It's not a guarantee but we are open to working with professional and kind-hearted writers. Few bullet points about that:
• Do your research about After Misery. Read some reviews, read how they are structured and what the framework is. Just to keep things in line, we use a five star system with 0,5 star difference and use of Smileys/Frowneys is recommended. With international coverage, we also mention the original title and language in the review -> ''Another Round (Druk in Danish)''
• Since we don't assign films/shows per se, After Misery could be the place to step out of your comfort zone. International films/series and indies would be at the top of that list as they are most likely to not be part of the planned future coverage.
• This should be obvious but we don't deal with racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic etc. writing. You know, just don't be an idiot, we don't want idiots here.
• Knowledge about filmmaking itself is most appreciated. For example: knowing the difference between sound editing and sound mixing, difference between production designer and prop master, or what colouring and cinematography actually are.
• Show in your writing that you care in the sense that you have bothered to check how to spell the filmmakers or actors' names and give a little bit of story explanation to those who are unfamiliar with the film/series.
Hi Jonas, I'm (X Y) from another film outlet/magazine/site and we enjoy your writing. Would you be available to write for us and how may we approach you?
- Let's chat about that. Use the email address on the contact page.
Do you have logos which you can download?
- Yes. Mini-size examples are below. Use the button above the example to download in full size.