five great docs and a free font besotted blogI was originally going to just share a cool free font find today, but realized I have compiled a nice little list of documentaries that the husband and I have had the pleasure of watching lately.  Living in the country we couldn’t get regular cable because we would have had to attach a gigantic satellite dish to the house, so we decided to forgo this luxury and just rely on Netflix instant download. I often find myself in a perpetual state of ‘there’s nothing to watch’ mode on Netflix., so if you seem to be there too here are some of my latest picks.  Let me know if you have seen any of these already or have any suggestions for  future ones, I am a bit of a documentary addict.  So here goes (in no particular order):

Kumare-I probably would have never watched this since new age-y/guru type subjects don’t hold an appeal for me, but I listened to two podcasts that interviewed the writer/director and I was pretty enthralled.  I loved his message, but some people are furious with him. I would love to know what you think!

Queen of Versailles-This is dubbed a riches to rags story, which indeed it is.

Candyman-This is the story of the inventor of the world famous Jelly Belly, it’s both inspiring and heart breaking.

Holy Rollers-Card counting Christians, this story is unbelievable.

The Story of Anvil-This is the ‘real’ Spinal Tap.

And now for that font, I used it in the graphic above, it has three weights (thin, medium, fat), it’s free for personal use but you can buy an extended license if you want to use it for commercial purposes. You can download it here. Enjoy the docs + the font.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.


  1. I just watched “Between the Folds” . I enjoyed learning about origami and its incredibly complex forms.

    Thank you for your documentary recommendations. I haven’t watched any of these you’ve listed (yet).

    Thank you for the font as well. What fun!

    1. Joanne, do you know how excited that make me to know that you haven’t seen any of these? I love having a long queue of docs to watch. Thank you for your recommendation!

  2. those are all great suggestions and the only one we have seen is The Queen of Versailles. I added the Candyman to the top of the list. Have you seen Helvetica or Typeface {the documentary on Hamilton Print Co}?
    Tail wags ~moose

    1. I haven’t seen those but they are on the long list (especially Helvetica). Candyman is not as slickly produced as the others but the story and sentiment are there and I found myself very inspired!

  3. Miss B, I am so happy that Anvil, the Story of Anvil, is on your list! I saw that movie at a documentary event, and knew something about the story before I went. But even so, it did not prepare me for the whole gamut of emotions I experienced while watching with a crowd comprised of hardcore Anvil fans mixed with the typical documentary crowd. At the end of the movie, Lips and Robb Reiner appeared during of the loudest standing ovations I have ever heard, even at a live theatre event. They looked, and dressed, exactly like the movie with the exception of both wearing fanny packs. This was explainable later in the lobby, when they manned their merch table, and sold a stunning amount of t-shirts and CDs. Anvil was my favourite movie that year when the visually stunning Slumdog Millionaire was the Academy Award winner.
    I also saw, and totally loved, the Queen of Versailles, so I will be sure to see the other three on your list. I’m not sure if this is on Netflix, but Afghan Star, the story of an American Idol type show in Afghanistan, really stuck with me.

    1. Thank you Sue for sharing your story! I am so happy that they are having their day in the sun, they seemed so sweet and sincere and everyone loves an underdog, right? I am not sure that is on Netflix, but if not maybe it’s on Amazon download (oh, how I adore the internet!)

  4. These are some of my favorite documentaries–we just watched Kumare this past week! I was really touched by the change in him, and the change he was able to bring to other people’s lives, no matter his original intentions.

    1. Lena I really was surprised at how much I liked it, because from the interviews I was worried he might come off as despicable but he always told the truth throughout about most things it’s just that people tend to hear what they want to hear. Really beautifully done!

  5. hello Tristan, I love documentaries. I recently watched The Imposter and thought it was fantastic. I also loved Man on wire…I have Queen of Versailles on my list, too!

    1. Oh, we LOVED Man on a wire! So many of those scenes make my stomach drop, I was so terrified. I will add Imposter to the queue, thanks for the recommendation!

  6. One documentary you MUST see on Netflix streaming if you haven’t already, Beauty is Embarrassing. If you haven’t seen it, all I am going to say is Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Lettering.

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