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Ingredients (2009)

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Actress Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers) narrates this eye-opening documentary that joins the ranks of films like Food, Inc. and King Corn as a call to arms for changing the sorry state of industrial food production in the U.S. Filmmaker Robert Bates chronicles the rise of the local food movement, interviewing farmers and chefs committed to producing fresh, healthy, and seasonal food grown close to home, including Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman, and Greg Higgins.

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So blandly presented with blanket statements wrapped in elevator music, it is a meal that wouldn't quell the appetite of anybody except the most fervent believer.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
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Ingredients (Robert Bates, 2009) I saw Ingredients in May of 2012. I finally started writing this review fifteen months later. I have no idea why it has taken me so long; of all the documentaries that tread this ground I've seen over the past couple of years (there have been roughly a half-dozen of them), Ingredients is by far the best, and the one that comes most highly recommended from this camp. I just never found any sort of "in" I could use to start writing about it, but now I'm at the point where I'm forcing myself to catch up with all the old reviews that should have gotten written months ago and never did. I guess my "in" is "get your ass in gear, you lazy bum, and say something about Ingredients." Most food-based documentaries these days start from the same basic premise: the American system of food production is broken. Some documentaries, mostly the inferior ones, simply use that as a springboard to attack what they see as the underlying problem. Therein lies their failure, at least in part: the idea that there is one underlying problem (increasingly, for lazy filmmakers, that is "oh, no, GMO!") rather than a pervasive attitude, a system that infects everything from the growing to the distribution to the consumption. Given such a broken system, is it possible to find a solution? It is, and it's as easy as doing things the way we did things just a few decades ago, before it was as simple as it is today to fly foods around the globe or drive them across the country: eat what foods you can from providers as close to you as possible. Bates interviews a handful of farmers who have played key roles in vitalizing the locavore movement and lets the idea sell itself. It might not have been the best way to go with this documentary-I've seen more than one review that called it pale (I even saw one that compared it unfavorably to the awful, awful Food Inc., so at least I know how much I can trust that reviewer's opinions in the future)-but I thought it did the trick pretty well; it covered the ground without hammering the viewer into the dust, which is not something I can say about more than a few of the foodie docs I've watched over the past couple of years. Pity those who think a documentary isn't doing its job if it doesn't pound the viewer into the ground. And then avoid their reviews. (This is all relative, of course, I wouldn't be silly enough to try and posit the movie as having a light touch.) In short, well worth giving it a look; if it's not strident enough for you, asparagus knows there are enough other choices out there catering to the velvet-hammer crowd. *** 1/2

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

One of those documentaries where an idea with some merit is taken way, way farther than is warrented. Even the ultimate impossibility of the proposition does not stop them.

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

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