About After Misery: After Misery started as reviewing films more casually on social media platforms in January 2018, later also expanding to seasons of TV series. They usually featured a visual element in the style of the film/show while the review text was on top of it. In 2019 as the year went on, the number of reviews began increasing every month while I (the writer) found myself really enjoying breaking down what I liked and cared less for about things that I was watching so I got the idea to do it a bit more ”professionally”. Long story short and TMI: unfortunately I messed up with the original picture files as I was getting ready to transfer them during December (though now there are small snippets of 2019 film reviews in one post on After Misery).
On January 1st, 2020, a new website aftermisery.com was created, plus a whole rebrand including the social media followed. Posting reviews became a bit more consistent and that is where After Misery is at right now. Hopefully you enjoy what you read here.
About the writer and founder: Hi, my name is Samu 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.
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 stack up 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 a season of television 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 or said aloud. Therefore you won’t find reviews of those here. Following examples aren’t true for every case and for those the review should provide explanation but for some they do apply:
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, just 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, studio 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 documentary features, short docs, reality shows, talk show specials or web series, we don't write about them as of now. By using your own good judgement, you can send screener links to 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.
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.
The Frowneys also aren't as harsh as they might sound, most of all they are designed to give feedback to filmmakers in terms what to improve on next time they embark on a project as sometimes Frowney can mean an underwhelming, underwritten or poorly executed aspect 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?
- First just a heads up: After Misery isn't a moneymaker like your trades and film magazines so there isn't compensation as of now. If you're looking to expand your portfolio, it's not a guarantee but we are open to work 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 the 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, homo- or bi-phobic, 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 design and set decoration, 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 Samu, 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?
- Yes, most likely. Use the email address on the contact page.