About After Misery: After Misery first started as a platform to discuss films casually on social media in January 2018, later
expanding with television shows as well. 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.
On January 1st, 2020, the new website aftermisery.com was created, and a whole rebrand including the social media accounts followed. Film and TV criticism became a more consistent thing in my life and that's where After Misery is at right now as a site. Hopefully you enjoy everything you read here.
About the founder: Hi, I'm Samu Jonas (initials S.J.) and I write about film & TV here on After Misery which is a film outlet that I also founded. 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 little bit more to them. On After Misery, movies and shows aren't necessarily in competition with one another, instead it's fairer to look at them based on their own qualities and how much you enjoy those specific qualities. For example, you certainly get different things out of horror than you 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.
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 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 or documentary 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 that you might want to be wary of.
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 S.J., I'm (X Y) from another film outlet/magazine/organisation and we enjoy your writing/work. Would you be available to write for us/be a part of a programming team or jury, 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.