Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Category: Suggested Films

511. Quote: On Developing Taste, From the Film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

In order to make delicious food, you must eat delicious food. The quality of ingredients is important, but you need to develop a palate capable of discerning good and bad. Without good taste, you can’t make good food. If your sense of taste is lower than that of the customers, how will you impress them?

—From the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

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510. Quote: On Commitment and Perseverance from “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

“These days, the first thing people want is an easy job. Then, they want lots of free time. And then, they want lots of money. But they aren’t thinking of building their skills.”

“When you work for Jiro, he teaches you for free. But, you have to endure ten years of training. If you persevere for ten years, you will acquire the skills to be recognized as a first-rate chef. It’s sad that there are no very young apprentices at Jiro’s. Taking ten years to learn the necessary skills is a long time compared to other fields of work.”

—From the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

509. Five Attributes of a Great Chef, from the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

“A great chef has five attributes.

1. They take their work very seriously, and consistently perform at the highest level.

2. They aspire to improve their skills.

3. Cleanliness: If the restaurant doesn’t feel clean, the food isn’t going to taste good.

4. Impatience: They are better leaders than collaborators.

5. A great chef is passionate.

Jiro has all five of these attributes. He’s a perfectionist.”

—From the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

452. Quotes: Benjamin Nolot on Justice

“The violent and the oppressor do not need to be psychoanalyzed, they need to be stopped.”

— Benjamin Nolot, documentary filmmaker of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

449. Shows Parents Will Enjoy

Young kids like to watch shows, and they really like it when you watch with them. Pick ones you think are witty or interesting so you won’t be bored out of your mind. Try these:

  • Word Girl
  • Ruff Ruffman
  • Signing Time (surprisingly good music for a kid’s show)
  • Veggie Tales
  • Garfield and Friends (the original is funnier than the computer animated one)
  • Phineas and Ferb

414. Movie Manners

Enjoy it in the theater. Be the commentator at home.

409. Entertainment’s Depravity

Entertainment has exhausted the drama of the bad person doing wrong. Sadly, they now try to convince us that there are few who are truly bad and there is little truly wrong.

378. Quotes: Your Dad on Great Art

“Great art does not push aside the moral boundaries of the past, it pushes the art form forward. I do not believe that safe and status quo films, though decently acted, should garner awards. Those films which push the art form forward and add to its rich heritage should attain that distinction.”

—Your Dad

356. Suggested Films: Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

Watch the black and white film Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) with José Ferrer in the lead role. It’s a fantastic tale of love and wanting the best for someone else, even if it means not getting something you desire. And the final frame of a life sacrificially given — laying at the foot of a cross while his beloved weeps over him and over her realization of what she has lost — is more than poignant. It harkens to the greater story line, the greater sacrifice, the greater mediator, the greater love.

It is interesting to me how “self-sacrifice for the sake of someone else’s eternal best” is universally honored.

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